The Godfather is a classic tale of crime and betrayal; most people have heard of it. I was given a 50th anniversary edition and as I hadn’t previously read the book or seen the films, I thought I’d give it a go.
Set just after the Second World War the story is about the Corleone Mafia family. Led by Vito Corleone, the story is about family loyalty, respect and betrayal. It asks us to consider fundamental questions about right and wrong and how the society rules its people.
I enjoyed the introduction written by film director Francis Coppola, it was interesting to learn a little about the book to film journey. I think film buffs might like this section too. The story kept my interest more than I first expected, in fact I was keen to keep reading to find out what happened next. A genre that I rarely read, it was good to push my boundaries and read this definitive piece of writing.
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The Godfather—the epic tale of crime and betrayal that became a global phenomenon.
Almost fifty years ago, a classic was born. A searing portrayal of the Mafia underworld, The Godfather introduced readers to the first family of American crime fiction, the Corleones, and their powerful legacy of tradition, blood, and honor. The seduction of power, the pitfalls of greed, and the allegiance to family—these are the themes that have resonated with millions of readers around the world and made The Godfather the definitive novel of the violent subculture that, steeped in intrigue and controversy, remains indelibly etched in our collective consciousness.