The Godfather

ISBN-13: 978-0399103421, ISBN-10: 0399103422
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.

A number-one  New York Times bestseller in 1969, Mario Puzo’s epic was turned into the incomparable film of the same name, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. It is the original classic that has been often imitated, but never matched. A tale of family and society, law and order, obedience and rebellion, it reveals the dark passions of human nature played out against a backdrop of the American dream.

Worth Getting in Bed For? Yes. This is one of the rare occasions when the cinematic experience outshone the page for me. The Godfather is a great book, I just think the movie was better. There are parts in the book, like about Johnny Fontane and Lucy Mancini that didn’t make it to the screen and I actually think that made the story stronger as these parts were a bit commercial. The story of Don Corleone and Michael and their relationship, as is the Don’s relationship with all of his children, is delved into more deeply in the book. But the acting was tremendous and the emotions were readily conveyed on the screen. I highly recommend both the book and the movie.