Maria Puzo's The Godfather - A Critics View
Maria Puzo's crime novel published originally in 1969- ` The Godfather' became the fastest selling novel
of its time. This gained further popularity with Francis Ford Coppola releasing its movie version in 1972.
As the movie was making high revenues winning accolades, Maria Puzo's The Godfather was a part of
everyone's library collection. The critics cited it to be one of the greatest American books written during
the period and one of the greatest t movies of the time. This Italian American author, details the story
around a Sicily based Mafia family based in New York City and headed by Don Vito Corleone, who became
synonymous with the Italian Mafia.
The plot revolves around the Corleone family, which is in fact a criminal organization with national
influence. Notoriously known for their activities such as protection, extortion, gambling and union
racketeering, the family patriarch is Vito Corleone (The Don). With four children: Santino "Sonny"
Corleone, Frederico "Fredo" Corleone, Michael "Mikey" Corleone, and Constanzia "Connie" Corleone and
an adopted son, Tom Hagen, Vito Corleone is also the godfather of singer and movie star Johnny
The title `The Godfather' refers to Vito. However, the central character of the story is Michael whose
destiny to replace his father as the head of the family, despite his determination to lead a more
Americanized life with his girlfriend is the central theme of the story. The story draws out the character of
Don the leader. It portrays him as a person is known for his quiet persuasion technique. Commanding
complete loyalty from people who takes his favours, he is ruthless and merciless to people who cheat him.
Reviewing `The Godfather' by Puzo, indicates how the story portrays the crime scenario prevalent in
America during that period. With highlights on violence and greed that ruled the underworld, the story
also emphasis on respect, family, pride and honor. Apart from this, the story shares the different stages of
the immigrant families in their attempt to fit into the mainstream American life.
The story unanimously considered an impassioned chronicle that showcases the unforgettable characters
and the intricacies of the crime world has around 21 million copies were sold worldwide. This book - The
Godfather by Maria Puzo had two sequels both written by Puzo. To get the book added to ones library
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