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Mario Puzo’s classic saga of an American crime family that became a global phenomenon—nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.
With its brilliant and brutal portrayal of the Corleone family, The Godfather burned its way into our national consciousness. This unforgettable saga of crime and corruption, passion and loyalty continues to stand the test of time, as the definitive novel of the Mafia underworld.
The Corleone family is a part of the deadly Mafia underworld with a powerful legacy of blood and honor that is passed on from father to son. Vita Corleone, the Godfather who is the Mafia leader, is a man who is obsessed with power and leaves no chance to gain and hold as much power as possible. He is also known for being friendly.
The Godfather is a book which concerns with the mob war fought by the Corleone family against the four of the other five mafia families of New York. Don Vito’s sons take over this family legacy post the murder of Don Vito by men working for the drug dealer Virgil The Turk Sollozzo. The sons, Michael and Santino run the family business with the help of consigliere Tom Hagen and the two caporegime Peter Clemenza and Salvatore Tessio. A series of unfortunate events lead to a full scale war and the murder of Santino followed by Michael’s ascension to full power. The Godfather is a classic novel of the cold-blooded world of the Mafia with murders, legacy, greed and tradition.
The son of Italian immigrants who moved to the Hell’s Kitchen area of New York City, Mario Puzo was born on October 15, 1920. After World War II, during which he served as a U.S. Army corporal, he attended City College of New York on the G.I. Bill and worked as a freelance writer. During this period he wrote his first two novels The Dark Arena (1955) and The Fortunate Pilgrim (1965).
When his books made little money despite being critically acclaimed, he vowed to write a bestseller. The Godfather (1969) was an enormous success. He collaborated with director Francis Ford Coppola on the screenplays for all three Godfather movies and won Academy Awards for both The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather, Part II (1974). He also collaborated on the scripts for such films as Superman (1978), Superman II (1981), and The Cotton Club (1984). He continued to write phenomenally successful novels, Including Fools Die (1978), The Sicilian (1984), The Fourth K (1991), and The Last Don (1996). Mario Puzo died on July 2, 1999. His final novel, Omerta, was published in 2000.