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Mario Puzo

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The Godfather

Cover of "The Godfather"

Cover of The Godfather

I am sure many of you would have read this book, The Godfather, longtime back. Even if you have not, at least most of you would have seen the movie.

This is the first English novel, I have ever read. Although Don Vito Corleone had been portrayed hundreds of times in many Indian and foreign movies, this is the base for all. Be it Nayagan or Sarkar, their actual name is Don Vito Corleone.

If you have not yet read the book, you would have guessed the story by now. It is about Don Corleone family who was one of big mafia family in New York. The novel deals with their gang war with other four families in ‘who is the superior in the city?’ war.

If you have any doubt whether a fictitious crime novel can be written as a complete history of the hero, here is the answer. Puzo proved that it can be done.

Being a crime novel, you can obviously expect a lot of blood and violence. Everything is there in the novel, but none was forced. In all the places, it is just going along with the story.

The film adaptation of this novel is one of the rare cases where the film did justice to the book. You would have heard it many times that for all the gang leader type movies, the base is The Godfather, The film.

But in the film, many things were missed. You cannot complain on it though as it is just a three hour movie and you cannot cover all the incidents in a single movie. So reading novel promises you some more entertainment than the movie.

I always prefer reading the book than watching the film adaptation. Because when you read it, all the characters and the places are as per your imagination. You are on your own on the looks of the characters. But when you watch the movie, it is just the director’s view of the book not yours.

If you have the habit of reading the books, I would recommend you read the book first and then watch the movie. You can see the differences between your imagination and the director’s.

My rating for this book is ★★★★☆


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