This is one of those books where I find it very difficult to write because I am sure I will not do justice to it even if I were to write pages and pages on the book. This was also the book where movie adaptation surpassed the book and Marlon Brando and Al Pacino gave their iconic performances. This book and subsequent movie has inspired so many more books and movies that it is really difficult to keep track. I have read some of the other books by Mario Puzo as well but none of them come close to “The Godfather”. I can’t be very sure whether the details that I write here are from the book or the movie
The story deals with the mafia war between Corleone family and other mafia families who want to enter into drug business. The head of Corleone family is Don Vito Corleone and is “The Godfather”. This character is shown as extremely ruthless but at the same time very loyal to his friends. This was the depiction of good mafia don versus bad mafia don. I guess that is what made this crime thriller different from what we had till that time. The ascension of Don’s son Michael to the head of family when his father is shot is another masterpiece in the story. Michael gets involved in the family business unwillingly but then he takes up complete control and is shown to be really cold-blooded and ruthless. The stark contrast between Michael and his elder brother Santino was another highlight of the movie and it helps to put Michael’s cold aggression in right perspective.
I normally do not like crime thrillers so much but this story was unique and was extremely captivating. So many of the dialogs have become most memorable in the history like “I am gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse”.