The Godfather by Mario Puzo

Book 33/30.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.

This was my third time reading this and wow it’s still a solid 5 stars 🤩

The Godfather is 595 pages long but the pages just breeze by because of how well paced the book is. In fact the only reason it took me rather long to finish this book is because I was a bit unwell in the second half of August.

The book is divided into 9 parts and I absolutely LOVED!!! books I, IV and VI. I also quite enjoyed books VII, VIII and IX, even though book IX is only 8 pages long. I liked books II and V well enough, but cannot say the same for book III as for me it was the weakest of the bunch.

One of my favourite things about The Godfather is the characters. This book is full of interesting, well fleshed out, unforgettable characters that you can’t help but root for even though they are in the Mafia and kill people from time-to-time 😅 I particularly LOVE The Godfather himself Don Corleone, Michael Corleone and Tom Hagen. The plotting is excellent, the story is propulsive and the dialogue is quite fascinating. The two previous times I read this book I never picked up on how “Italianised” the language is, but reading it this time around it was very apparent that English is not the author’s first language. And to me this only added to the authenticity of the characters and the world Mario Puzo so exquisitely created in this masterpiece. The only thing that rubbed me the wrong way in this book is the portrayal of its female characters. They are all meek and obedient wives/daughters/mothers because the men in their lives had little to no regard for their thoughts and opinions, but this was also true of the time the story was written so I can’t really fault the author for that.

I haven’t watched the movies but given how much I love the book it’s high time I got around to it.

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** A guide to ratings **
1 star – did not like it
2 stars – it was okay
3 stars – liked it
4 stars – really liked it
5 stars – it was amazing

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