The best was learning more about a more active and young Vito Corleone. You have to be so amazingly diligent with your research when doing this and in this the author failed. His moments of blam-blam-blam are ace. A true student of the genre, and the Corleones in particular, Falco captures even the minutest of mannerisms and speech patte I was hesitant to accept the notion of another writer trying to carry on Mario Puzo's work and constantly found myself looking for weakness in Falco's writing, characterization, and flow. It's obvious Falco relished the chance to pilot such iconic characters but it's obvious he doesn't quite understand the depth and mystery of such personas.
Playing around in the Godfather universe is a tightrope act. Have you ever met an Irish person, Ed Falco? It doesn't bother with characterization assumably because readers will already know the characters. He created a scenario of bribery, which included Judges, Councilmen, and even the Mayor of New York. One can't help but to rearrange their Netflix queue in anticipation of allowing Falco's brilliant backstory to supplement the very savory main course involving the first two films, if not the third. This really wasn't all that and I'm disappointed.
Though I would also suspect that this novel is the first step towards getting the prequel film green-lit. Read the book on paper - it is quite a powerful experience. Some other characters in the book would be Luca Brasi, he is a key role in the novel because the Corleone boys have business with this man. But Falco took it a step further and made one hell of a novel. It is for his innate evil and cleverness that I gave the book 4 stars. The Corleone crime family would meet its end as Vincent died in a shootout with police.
I just wish it was written a bit better. Integer elementum tempor libero sit amet iaculis. A lot, I think Ed Falco's depiction of the how the Corleone family was like before Michael's journey and the way he switches as one characters plot is about to thicken you jump right into to another character story line. Even the descriptions of events are very timeline affected: he hits him, he bleeds, they clean their weapons and run away. Touching off a skirmish between the two families, Sonny and his gang found they had to stop being independent and come into the fold. I also loved learning about how Michael, Fredo and Sonnie were as kids growing up in the Corleone family.
I have to say the author managed to reproduce that vibe: it felt like 1934. The first few chapters are much stronger in style: we are treated to inner thoughts, well written if sparse settings, and just a generally more flowing storyline. We get a great backstory on Luca Brasi, telling how he came to be part of the Corleone organization. The crime families of New York have prospered in this time, but with the coming end of Prohibition, a battle is looming that will determine which organisations will rise. He was able by his illegal and legal profits to obtain favors, which he made available to the other Mafia families, thus he made himself invaluable to them.
A young Sonny racing around doing stuff was amazing. I found it mighty convenient that Mariposa's goon didn't kill Eileen's husband, rather Pete Murray did. My favorite scene from the book was when the Corleone family was at a parade and Cork tries to warn Sonny about the Irish going to attack and a intense gun battle brakes out and Cork tries to save Vito and accidentally shoots him but saves Vito because he shot him. Many of the scenes are not for the squeamish. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? Vito pushes Sonny to be a businessman, but Sonny - seventeen years old, impatient, and reckless - wants something else: to follow in his father's footsteps, and become a part of the real family business. The New York crime families have prospered in this time, but with the coming end of Prohibition, a battle is looming that will determine which organizations will rise and which will fall.
The novel is a Crime book and takes place in New York in 1933 during the Great Depression and the coming end of the prohibition. One of the interesting facets of this book is the use of Italian throughout. The Democrats, desperate to keep power and yearning to resurrect former glory, turned to Ted Kennedy. Duis ut nisl in mi eleifend faucibus egestas aliquet arcu. The city and the nation are in the depths of the Great Depression.
While his youngest children, Michael, Fredo, and Connie, are in school, unaware of their father's true occupation, and his adopted son Tom Hagen is a college student, he worries most about Sonny, his eldest child. The Family Corleone builds to a preordained but nonetheless satisfying denouement: the showdown between Vito Corleone and Mariposa. Thing is, I have watched, and re-watched, and re-watched the trilogy, but have yet to read on of Puzo's novels. The Mafia and their intricate planning and dealings were beyond amazing, I came to love and obsess over each of them. But the stuff that happens. If you're tempted to read this book, don't. Characters, details, dialog all seems stiff and contrived, almost to the point of boring.
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Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting? This is an excellent adult book from start to finish and seems to kindle once again how the five families in New York evolved into the Mafia. Best of all, if after reading an e-book, you buy a paper version of The Family Corleone. It's not a comment on the author, because it is what the don would have done, rather it's a complaint at how it had to be. Luca I was curious at first that Luca Brasi had a personality. Ike's Mystery Man relies on thousands of personal letters, interviews, and previously classified archives to tell a gripping story that has never before been told.