The Family Corleone

New York, 1933 The city and the nation are in the depths of the Great Depression 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 organizations will rise and which will face a violent end.For Vito Corleone, nothing is important that his family s future While his youngesNew York, 1933 The city and the nation are in the depths of the Great Depression 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 organizations will rise and which will face a violent end.For Vito Corleone, nothing is important that his family s future 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 Vito pushes Sonny to be a businessman, but Sonny 17 years old, impatient and reckless wants something else To follow in his father s footsteps and become a part of the real family business.An exhilarating and profound novel of tradition and violence, of loyalty and betrayal, The Family Corleone will appeal to the legions of fans who can never get enough of The Godfather, as well as introduce it to a whole new generation.
The Family Corleone New York The city and the nation are in the depths of the Great Depression The crime families of New York have prospered in this time but with the coming end of Prohibition a battle is looming

  • Title: The Family Corleone
  • Author: Edward Falco Mario Puzo
  • ISBN: 9780446574624
  • Page: 201
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Family Corleone”

    1. Sencillamente inmejorable!!! Ahora, es pa´ matar a Luca. Si hay un personaje en toda la novela que he odiado, sin lugar a dudas ha sido a este.

    2. Madon'!, that was awesome. This book is not your garden variety franchise tie-in. This thing is the genuine article. The story was taken from an actual screenplay set down by Mario Puzo, so we know it has some authenticity. But Falco took it a step further and made one hell of a novel.This is one of the best 5 books I've read this year, capisc'? The Godfather is one of my favorite movies and novels of all time. The Godfather Part II is just behind it. This book, this genius of a captivating stor [...]

    3. There many different ways to try and review this novel but I suppose the easiest way is the way that Paramount approached it when they launched the lawsuit against the Puzo estateeither the book will be terrible and a black mark against the Godfather legacy or it's an installment that will do well as another movie in the series and they want to claim their stake in it early so the money will go to them. My take? It falls at neither end of the spectrum people were anticipating.As a novel, the boo [...]

    4. I've been trying to be stingy with my 5 star reviews, saving them for something really great like Borges, but less than five for this book wouldn't do it justice. Generally my attitude towards an author continuing the work of an earlier author is somewhat jaundiced. It just ain't nothing like the real thing, baby. Mike Winegardner's Godfather continuation made me cringe and I never read the second one he wrote. No interest whatsoever. Ed Falco, on the other hand, shows a real understanding of th [...]

    5. Madonna!!!!! I'm absolutely speechless!! WOW!!!! This is exceptional!!! This is everything I wanted to read as an introduction to the Mafia and very well planned murder cases. The writing is extremely compelling and interesting that I read most of the book in the course of only two days. The chapters are well-deservingly long, they describe The Corleone Family and their attachés. It is a full novel, heavy with introductory murders of what's to come in The Godfather, I'm certain. Ed Palco did an [...]

    6. I had picked this book as my first Summer 2012 reading because well. is The Godfather Saga and it was commissioned by the Puzo family. Big mistake. It was obviously written by an english teacher which is as tedious to read, as listening to a french teacher speaking french. The characters are limp and just silhouettes of the deep, interesting characters that Puzo and then Coppola created for our pleasure. Sonny is a slow witted, aggressive thug who hangs out with Irish punks. Luca is an animal (a [...]

    7. This book is spot-on as a prequel to The Godafather. So many characters are coming back to life with each pageyou can picture them vividly only younger.Since its based on a screenplay that Mario Puzo had written, its no wonder the book seems to be a wonderful complement to the original. Not only does this book round out the original story (by filling in the pieces that the film The Godfather Part II did not), it also makes The Godfather's Return and Revenge seem even more awful because the writi [...]

    8. A handful of nice, satisfying moments, but all are completely derivative of the films, prior novels--to the point where he's describing scenes from the films, shot for shot. Add to that the fact that any actual invention--origins of Luca Brasi, death of Tom's father--is weird and forced, and this is one-star "fan fiction."

    9. Mario Puzo wrote “The Godfather” which is a modern classic that sold 21 million copies and evolved into the first two “Godfather” films directed by Francis Ford Coppola. These movies are widely considered two of the best movies of all time.A prequel is a book, which antedates the original book and brings to life the development of the characters that made up the original story. Ed Falco an award-winning author who has written four story collections and three novels writes “The Family C [...]

    10. The Family Corleone by Ed Falco (uncle of Edie Falco) started out as a film script by original "Godfather" author Mario Puzo. But after the disaster that was the third "Godfather" film, I can see why it was never made. Though I would also suspect that this novel is the first step towards getting the prequel film green-lit.In "The Family Corleone," I see an attempt to go back to the roots of the Corleone saga and build on what people already know and love.Soif you're a "Godfather" fan, you'll pro [...]

    11. Okay, but not great. This is the prequel to "The Godfather," which basically fills out the backstories that are given very short descriptions in the first book: how Vito Corleone and the Corleone family came to power; the war of "10 years ago" as described in the first book; how Sonny came into his father's business; and Luca Brasi's back story.Apparently Mario Puzo wrote this as a screenplay, which Falco then turned into this novel. The first half of the book definitely reads like a screenplay: [...]

    12. This really wasn't all that and I'm disappointed.This read like a Sopranos fan turned loose into the far more subtle and restrained world of the Corleones (a first impression confirmed by the multiple Soprano character surnames that pop up throughout the novel) and while there's bloodshed and Italian idioms aplenty, there's none of Puzo's grandiose elegance, understated sentiment and luxurious prose. Mario Puzo, Ed Falco is not.I'd love to know just how much of Puzo's un-produced screenplay make [...]

    13. I love the universe painted by Puzo's vision. Even if it romanticizes violence, it shows some interesting relationships. One of my favorite relationships in literature has to be the one between Don Vito and Luca Brasi. I particularly liked making connections to the Godfather (this being a prequel, it was interesting to see how things got to where they are). I also loved how all of the separate plots come together to culminate for the Corleones. I liked how the don had an internal fight with hims [...]

    14. Kum u formi romana je bio jako prijatno iznenađenje. Očekivao sam da je to jedna od retkih knjiga koja neće moći da priđe filmu, ali je bio uzbudljiv za čitanje - čak i kad ti je jasno šta se, kada i kome dešava. Jedan od boljih romana koje sam pročitao u 2015. i razlog što sam uzeo da čitam Porodicu Korleone.Drugi razlog je bio Luka Brazi, koji je mnogo interesantnija i brutalnija ličnost u romanu i koji mi je na taj način postao jedan od fascinantnijih likova. Želeo sam više o [...]

    15. 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. This soon proved fruitless, as Falco swept me into his storyline, filling in natural gaps and backstories that remained in Puzo and Coppola's brilliant portrayals of the Corleone family. A true student of the genre, and the Corleones in particular, Falco captures even the minutest of mannerisms and speech patte [...]

    16. Being a tremendous Godfather fan, both the book & movies, I figured this was a no brainier read for me. Almost from the beginning, I regretted starting it. All I kept thinking was that the author was trying too hard. Characters, details, dialog all seems stiff and contrived, almost to the point of boring. It all seemed to be a hopeful set up for a "prequel" movie. At times a hard read, as his style seems choppy at best. The ending fell short and the book was wrapped up almost like a bad endi [...]

    17. The entire Corleone Family is here: Don Vito, his children Sonny, Michael, Fredo, Connie and adopted son, Tom Hagen. We also have the fearful Luca Brasi, Clemenza, Barzini, and a host of other "businessmen" who are trying to muscle in on the Don's turf, lurking in the shadows.I'm giving up on this one after about 70 pages because it reads like a screenplay. Well, it should because the movie which I saw recently is so much like the book that there are no surprises. I'm giving it the benefit of th [...]

    18. V'fancul!With that being said, The Family Corleone is a slow starter. The first few chapters take you on a ride into a land of a long time ago, to the Great Depression and Vito Corleone.I have to say the author managed to reproduce thatvibe: it felt like 1934. A young Sonny racing around doing stuff was amazing. The characters had life on them. It's not a perfect book, and the edition I read even had some spelling errors. Sometimes a character would be written when he couldn't be. Towards the en [...]

    19. I am writing this report for Ms. Orona's English IV class. The novel i read this six weeks is “The Family Corleone” by Ed Falco. It includes 431 pages and is published by Grand Central. The Reason i decided to read this book is because i'm fascinated by the era and i particularly picked this one because i love the concept of the Mafia subject and the family whose in it. The main characters in this novel is Vito Corleone and his sons Sonny and Tom. They’re the main characters in the book b [...]

    20. Last week a new novel caught my eye: The Family Corleone, by Ed Falco. A prequel to The Godfather, the famed novel by Mario Puzo, it proved a worthy tribute. The novel begins in 1933, with the Corleone family active and robust, but not impressive compared to the increasingly powerful Mariposa family. While Don Coreleone attempts to preserve his organization's future against the ambitions of Mariposa -- a feat not made easy by the fact that someone keeps raiding Mariposa's liquor trucks, and he's [...]

    21. Like any guy, I'm a big Godfather fan. I've never read any of Puzo's books, though, so I was really interested when I heard that Falco was writing a prequel based on a screenplay Puzo had written. I found the book to be lacking, however - it's not the author's fault, really. It's just strange to follow the Corleones in text. It took some getting used to -imagine the scene in Godfather 2 when Michael sits alone in the boathouse, silently brooding on the order he gave regarding his brother Fredo. [...]

    22. I loved hearing the back stories of characters that died off early in The Godfather trilogy, most surprising of all was Luca Brasi. You almost feel pity for the Frankenstein of a gangster, a self-defined monster whom probably never had any other choice in life than to be a gangster. It's odd, but still accurate, to see Vito be so talkative in the book. It hid intellect and planning is depicted in a way the films never could. At 17 in the book, Santino seems a little too competent. I waited for h [...]

    23. This, a prequel, is really a book about James Caan Sonny Corleone and Luca Brasi. There is no build-up of a mythic character like Vito Corleone, as there was in The Godfather. Vito is here, in this book, but if you read this before Godfather, you would not be impressed by him.Sonny's character doesn't make for much of a story. He is just a hot-headed kid who fearlessly commits thefts and who wants to be part of the family business. Luca Brasi makes the story interesting because he is so psychopa [...]

    24. Excelente precuela. Ignoro el porcentaje que tenía escrito Puzo, y cuanto terminó Falco, pero se respetó el estilo del primero. ¿De qué va? De dos puntos importantes que dejó por sentado en El Padrino, Luca Brasi era su perro más fiel y peligroso (pero muerto al principio) y Sonny, su hijo mayor, una bomba de tiempo que estalló a la mitad. Piezas importantes de la historia detrás de la primera novela, pero, ¿cómo se unió Luca a Vito, cómo se alineó alguien tan peligroso con alguien [...]

    25. É sempre difícil para um autor continuar a obra de outro, mas acho que fica ainda mais difícil quando se trata de uma "prequela", pois como sabemos o futuro dos personagens o autor tem ainda menos liberdade. Sabemos que a obra de Ed Falco foi baseada num roteiro de Mario Puzo o qual quase virou filme e parte desta trama é mencionada brevemente ao longo do livro originalO Poderoso Chefão então é ainda menos surpreendente. Outro ponto negativo é que a história é bastante arrastada princi [...]

    26. This was my surprise good read of the last year. I am not a person who likes to read bloody, violent books, but this book kept me spellbound as I listened. I will definitely be continuing this series and picked up The Family at the bookstore today.What I find entrancing is how mob members can be so brutal one minute and so kind, affectionate and family-oriented 15 minutes later. I found Don Corleone intriguing in his desire to find respectable jobs, a college education, technical training for hi [...]

    27. For anyone who loves reading about the Great Depression and has absorbed the stories of the Mafia, this book is the background of the Corleone crime family. From the hills of Sicily to the boroughs of the City of Immigrants during the 1920's and 30's, the Corleone family came into rule by outwitting the other families and becoming the strongest of 'the five families'. Page-turning historical (not quite reality) reading for those fascinated by the domination of those really in power, politically [...]

    28. Edward Falco's prequel is generally good, but there are some flaws. First, Falco drags a little with some insignificant details. It also is a little difficult to keep track of the characters, but since Falco was kind enough to provide a diagram in the front, this difficulty is easily remedied. The major flaw is that Falco's writing about how Luca Brazi and Vito Corleone become friends is just not believable. It is also noteworthy that there are a few disturbing parts. Finally, readers wanting a [...]

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