Book Review

THE GODFATHER by Mario Puzo

Rating: 4 / 5

THE GODFATHER by Mario Puzo was November’s pick for the #classicsbuddyread hosted by @freefallinreader. This book is one that has definitely had a cultural impact, but I have actually never seen the full movie or read the book before.

THE GODFATHER centers on the Corleone family, the patriarch of whom leads up a powerful crime network. It is at once both a crime story, focusing on the power of the mafia and the fear they can instill, but also a family saga as the Corleone family deals with relationships, tragedy and loss. Though criminals, many of the characters possess a strong charisma that allows you to connect with the characters even as you detest what they do. Though involved in many nefarious schemes, Don Corleone also has a heart, looking out for the protection of those in need in his community.

This definitely isn’t a story which empowers women. There are instances of violence against women which are generally accepted as okay. Affairs are also common practice and not really seen as a problem, even with the wives in many cases. Still, there is also a depiction of a son who wants to get out of the family business and make a new way of living while struggling against the lure of the lifestyle his family leads.

I had mixed feelings about this as a whole, but overall it was very engaging and kept me interested in the story lines. There are a lot of characters in this book to keep track of which made it a bit hard for me to engage with at first, but I felt that the author did a good job of catching the reader up as characters came in and out of the intertwining narrative. Overall, this is definitely a classic I’m happy to have read!

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