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Mario Puzo, the author of The Godfather, brings us another of his Mafia based gems and shows why he has become known as the Godfather of the Mafia novels.
This story again follows the exploits of the Corleone family as Don Corleone sends his son Michael to Sicily in order to bring a wanted man back to him in New York and thanks to the great style of writing that Puzo has this is filled with simple yet descriptive gems that enable for a great flow to the entire story. Thankfully the style of writing that Puzo uses means that the stories he writes are usually fast, flowing and offer a good level of depth without overdoing things and this is another of the books he got absolutely right in how he delivered it.
I am someone who does not read many books about things like Mafia and criminal underworlds but when it comes to Mario Puzo and his books I have found these don''t go into a level of depth that make the reader uncomfortable but this is not to say he tries to underplay what the Mafia is all about. This story again has the Mafia as its core subject but as it revolves around the Corleone family you feel it is more like an insight to the "family" mentality and lifestyle than a focus on what the Mafia does and how they are a criminal "gang" or "organisation" so this is not something that people should let put them off as I originally was concerned it would ruin Puzo books for me but have found this to not be the case with any so far.
If you have enjoyed The Godfather this is one for you to read but as always with what some consider a masterpiece of modern literature please don''t focus on comparing it to the original and best.
At one stage last year I was on some sort of book reading fest. I just felt the need to read books. I had read all the Harry Potters, most of my autobiographies and so was left with nothing until my friend had bought this from the charity shop but didnt try and read it. I saw the author and automatically took it from her hands. Thanks you!!
This amazing book was written by the man responsible for The Godfather. Yes Mario Puzo has done it again with this book, The Sicilian. Some regard it as the sequal to The Godfather in book format and not in film. This book was published in 1984, so well after The Godfather was (1969).
You start off in Sicily in 1950, Michael Corleone is preparing to go back to America following his exile here. He meets with Don Croce Malo, The boss of bosses in Sicily, his brother Father Benjamino Malo, Stefan Andolini and Inspector Frederico Velardi. These men had previously spoke to Don Corleone is America and agreed that Michael is to usher bandit Salvatore Guiliano to America. The reasons for this is that Guiliano has documents that could possibly damaging to certain political officials in Sicily and we all know they are not squeaky clean.
Michael then goes to visit Guilianos parents at there home and Guilianos second in command Gaspera Pisciotta. They call him Aspanu as it was a nickname given to him when he was younger. The plan seems to extend even further as Michael is then told that he has to take Guilianos wife first and then only when shes sends the signal that she is safe and has arrived in America then Guiliano will follow. Upon agreeing and making some sort of plan and assuring the mother that they will be safe she give him a negro statue of Mary and a gift.
The rest of the book then goes back to 1943 to the beginning and we all find out why he is being exiled to America and how he became from being a model Sicilian to be known as a legendary bandit and hero to the Sicilian people.
When first reading this I just thought whats all this fuss about some bandit, but as it goes back to 1943 when it all started i realised why and boy was it good. The book is full of action and Puzo gives us an insight of Guilianos life from 1943 at the annual festa to celebrate the towns patron saint to 1950 where Micheal Corleone is trying to usher him out to America. Does he make it there and meet his wife? You'll just have to go out and read it people.
I have to admit that this is the first Mario Puzo book I have read. I know the shame!!!! His writing is fantastic, hes gives us an indepth description of how life was like in Sicilly in those days for normal folk and as you read, you get engaged into it and feel like you are part of the town. The same can be said when writing about Guiliano and his exploits in the book. You get sucked into it and feel like your part of the bandits crew, listening to his every word. Theres even a explicit scene where Aspanu seduces a women and it feels like your there watching him!
This is truly a great read and I cant recommend it highly enough to anyone out there who wants to read about friendship, fight for freedom, love, lust, betrayal and loyalty all in one book.
I unfortunately had to give the book back as I told her how good it was and so I'm off to buy it myself! You can buy the book from Amazon for about £5 which is a great price for the adventure you are going to get!
After reading this I googled his name and found out that he is actually a real person, so this booked is somewhat based on true events. Check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvatore_Giuliano for more info on the legendary but not well known bandit they called 'Turi'.
Thank you for reading and hope you enjoy!