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THE GODFATHER BY MARIO PUZO
SO, WHAT’S UP WITH THE STORY?
Vito Corleone has pulled himself up from the depths of poverty in his native Sicily to the height of success in post-war America. So what if his methods were not exactly constitutional? He has built up his Family, the Cosa Nostra, the Italian Mafia and brought it to the levels of prosperity. But he realises that no one is immortal and that he must find an heir. By a cruel twist of fate, his two elder sons are more than willing but not worthy and his youngest, Michael is worthy but wants nothing to do with his father’s empire. But as Vito would say, “Every man has his destiny” and Michael’s found him in a shooting of his father that crippled the Corleone Family. Will Michael accept it or run away from it? What will his actions lead to? You will have to read the book to find out!
A GLIMPSE BETWEEN THE PAGES
“I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.”
“Friendship is everything. Friendship is more than talent. It is more than the government. It is almost the equal of family.
“Great men are not born great, they grow great . . .”
“Revenge is a dish that tastes best when served cold.”
“A friend should always underestimate your virtues and an enemy overestimate your faults”
“I don’t trust society to protect us, I have no intention of placing my fate in the hands of men whose only qualification is that they managed to con a block of people to vote for them.”
“Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”
“We are all honorable men here, we do not have to give each other assurances as if we were lawyers.”
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT
- Where do I begin?
- I have learned more life lessons from The Godfather than from twelve years of school.
- This is one of the most quotable books of all time. In fact, many of the quotes above have become such a commonplace part of popular culture that their origin in the Godfather has been lost from common memory. (Think: “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer”)
- The plot of the book is so much more complex than what I have mentioned above. That is merely the basic. The rest of it is marvellous and too exhaustive to put in a Weekly Wonder Post. I would be more than willing to do a post exclusively dedicated to The Godfather. Do let me know if you all want it.
- This novel gives a unique insight into the workings of the Mafia.
That is all I will put here. Do let me know if you want a full fledged post (maybe even a mini-series) dedicated to The Godfather(It is one of my favourite books).
Have you read it already? What do you think of it? (No spoilers please!)
Any suggestions, advice, criticism, feedback, etc are always welcome!