Il potente e rispettato don siciliano Vito Corleone , in occasione del matrimonio della figlia Connie col fidanzato Carlo Rizzi , riceve nel proprio studio molti italiani emigrati negli Stati Uniti , che, chi per un motivo, chi per un altro, invocano disperatamente il suo aiuto. Don Corleone controlla molti uomini importanti del sindacato cinematografico, come per esempio il segretario Billy Goff. Infuriato e spaventato, Woltz accetta di affidare la parte al divo musicale. Al successivo incontro con Sollozzo poi, in presenza inoltre dei capiregime Peter Clemenza e Salvatore Tessio , Don Corleone rifiuta nettamente la richiesta, spiegando che se la sua Famiglia si immettesse, anche solo a livello di protezione e finanziamento, in un traffico del genere, rischierebbe enormemente di perdere molti dei suoi agganci e coperture nelle istituzioni.

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Start your review of Il Padrino Write a review Shelves: fiction , historical-fiction , thriller , classics , family-saga , crime , mafia Mario Puzo wrote The Godfather, a book that was to become an instant classic, at a time when both his personal life and that of the United States were in transition. A young, up and coming author, Puzo sought to write his version of the great American novel that would also work well on the silver screen.

Meanwhile, in a time of war, the nation was beginning to view the mafia rather than Cowboys as the great American hero.

Mario Puzo wrote The Godfather, a book that was to become an instant classic, at a time when both his personal life and that of the United States were in transition. As someone who has never experienced the award winning film starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, Don Corleone and the world he created were new to me. Vito Corleone had immigrated from Sicily to New York in the early s, and, after a few lucky breaks, quickly established himself as one of the leaders of the crime underworld.

Along with his consigliere and caporegimes, Corleone instilled respect and fear into those who dared go against the most powerful mafia family in the nation. Being a mafiosa has its costs, however. The mafia and everything that went with it was kept secret and separate from family life. Crimes split apart families, forged both likely and unlikely alliances, and one never knew who he could trust. Despite the awe with which people viewed the Don, even he did not feel safe outside of his self-made mall fortress on Long Island.

As a result even his wife, daughter-in-law, and especially son-in-law were kept out of the business that was to remain for all times in the family. A war hero and Dartmouth educated, Michael Corleone desired that his future children and grand children would be lawyers, bankers, maybe even the president, rather than have to go into the family business.

The two experience unconditional love yet even Kay, an Ivy League educated woman of the baby boom generation, is not told everything that occurs within the business.

Like his father before him, Michael Corleone differentiates his marriage from his place in the family business. As a Chicagoan, I always associated the mafia with Al Capone, the top Italian crime lord of the city. Viewed in a negative light, Capone alone was responsible for outsiders negative perception of Chicago for many years. Even Puzo and Don Corleone view Capone as an outlier, a crazy who is not invited to be part of the national network of Dons. While there might be killings in revenge on occasion, the Don assists his people in a time of need in the role of an inner city Italian Robin Hood.

Some of the activities may be illegal, yet they are overlooked as even rival crime families view Don Vito Corleone with nothing but the utmost respect and reverence.

I rate this captivating, game changing novel 4. Afterward: After viewing the movie for the first time, I am impressed how closely it stuck to the book down to the minutest detail. For a three hour movie, the scenes moved quickly leaving me captivated and on edge. I found the acting to be stellar, especially Don Corleone himself Marlon Brando. Puzo and director Francis Ford Coppola indeed made a perfect team and left Americans with a true classic.


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