The other half of the novel goes deeper into Michael's role as Don and his dream of becoming legitimate. no story line at all, don't think i want to waste my time. Still, for a better overall reading experience, stick to the original Mario Puzo Godfather. country Here's the suprising thing: it's actually great. Mark Winegardner had a tough task of writing a sequel to one of the greatest books on the mafia family - The Godfather. Sadly, so was my disappointment. A nagging gripe in the sequel is the muddled motivation. read more. Your review has been submitted and will appear here shortly. To do so, he must confront his most dangerous adversary yet, Nick Geraci, a former boxer who worked his way through law school as a Corleone street enforcer, and who is every bit as deadly and cunning as Michael. His Godfather novels continue the story of the Corl. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Pretty soon after I started reading The Godfather Returns however, I found myself being really involved in the story and characters that Mark Winegardner brings to us. Mark Winegardner brings an original voice and vision to Mario Puzo’s mythic characters while creating several equally unforgettable characters of his own. It was absolutely incredible. It was fear of Michael not wanting to be asked.”, Novel Series Continued After Death Of Original Author, Ashley Poston on Writing a Different Kind of Fairy Tale Retelling. November 16, 2004 Conflicting emotions. The Godfather Wiki is a FANDOM Movies Community. I agree. While this is not a bad book by itself, when compared to the original novel and the first two movies, this book just kinda has that "eh" feel. A curious read, which brings with it a number of crises. Finally, the clumsy attempts at literary flourishes made it nearly unreadable. However, he also retains the niggles from Puzo's original material, such as the excessive indulgence in unnecessary sub-plots, which only serve as page-padders. While this is not a bad book by itself, when compared to the original novel and the first two movies, this book just kinda has that "eh" feel. The errors in detail (e.g., assigning Michael the wrong university), the inexplicable resurrection of dead characters and the leaving out of pivotal characters, the ham-handed allusions to contemporary events and people, all those were bad. Many of the key figures from the book/movies are in the novel, as well as some key additions (Nick Gerrachi as a protege of Tessio). Mark Winegardner When I think of the Godfather I think of action packed mafia style war. The events of the second film take place within the time frame of this novel, but are only mentioned in the background. I find Winegardner's attempt thoroughly uninteresting. The Godfather Returns (also known as The Godfather: The Lost Years) is a novel written by author Mark Winegardner, published in 2004. He published a collection of short stories, That's True of Everybody, in 2002. It is the sequel to Mario Puzo's The Godfather, which was originally published in 1969, and The Sicilian (1984). His novels include The Godfather Returns, Crooked River Burning, and The Veracruz Blues. Sounds like nonsense, right? For those who were critical of the writing remember a famous quote from Puzo who said he wrote the original for a quick payday and if he had known it would become successful he would have paid more attention to the writing quality. Mark Winegardner's makes a commendable attempt at furthering Mario Puzo's legacy with this sequel. Random House Great book in the end, but it starts of a little cheesy when trying to introduce the character's into the story. Inane, pointless banter that goes nowhere... After 70 pages I still have no clue as to any kind of plot. I remember the surprising jumps into the future where the details are explained in later chapters. Winegardner does a superb job of writing in a very Puzo-esque style. You may unsubscribe at any time. isbn Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I really looked forward to reading it. I understand that Winegardner is partly trying to fill in the gaps between the movies and the original. So, it is a sequel to the BOOK while being a prequel to the second FILM. † Conditions apply. His newest novel, The Godfather's Revenge, was published in November 2006 by Putnam. United States Now he wants to consolidate his power, save his marriage, and take his family into legitimate businesses. The book is, at times, a page-turner. It is 1955. The Godfather Returns stands on its own as a triumph–in a tale about what we love, yearn for, and sometimes have reason to fear . The book is, at times, a page-turner. Sadly, so was my disappointment. In the winter of 2009, a Mario Puzo reading spree left me craving for more Italian-American crime based novels so I purchased a copy of The Godfather Returns. This novel attempts to fill in the gaps between the first two (and somewhat of the third) Godfather films. Thirty-five years ago, Mario Puzo’s great American tale, The Godfather, was published, and popular culture was indelibly changed. Some of the plot twists are not exactly what you would expect or hope to read in the Godfather (Fredo engaging in homosexual acts seemed a bit of a stretch), but for what it was written for and what it was trying to do, it makes for a good paperback/airplane fiction read. Stephen King says: "Reviews in the mainstream press were mixed, but I believe the late Mario Puzo would have loved this full-blooded continuation of the Corleone saga...if only for the spectacular death of Pete Clemenza. The Sicilian What could make this book worse? To see what your friends thought of this book, The Godfather Returns (The Godfather Returns #1), Mark Winegardner, Awful, just awful. Thirty-five years ago, Mario Puzo's great American tale, The Godfather, was published, and popular culture was indelibly changed. genre Not great, but not bad. author The new villain really wasn't dynamic enough to carry the story. Sounds like nonsense, right? Not for the kids, but a better book all around. The following ISBNs are associated with this title: Sign up to get exclusive offers, the best in books & more.Plus, enjoy 10% off your next online purchase over $50.†. I think of characters that I like or even love and the concept of respect. Refresh and try again. Thirty-five years ago, Mario Puzo's great American tale, "The Godfather, was published, and popular culture was indelibly changed. I was about 70 pages in when I abandoned The Godfather Returns. It is a novel that takes place between the 1969 Godfather book and the 1974 Godfather II film. I understand that Winegardner is partly trying to fill in the gaps between the movies and the original. Would you recommend this product to a friend? The writer's complete lack of familiarity with key characters made them both wooden and a little pathetic. Anyone familiar with Puzo's book or the films will have a hard time recognizing the players they know. No real character development, no real insight. Thank you. This book does not give me the same feeling. I remember the surprising jumps into the future where the details are explained in later chapters. Offer valid for new subscribers only. It is a 2004 sequel to the 1969 classic tale of crime and corruption 'The Godfather' by Mario Puzo. I rarely abandon books, but I just couldn't go on. It is the sequel to Mario Puzo's The Godfather, which was originally published in 1969, and The Sicilian (1984). THE MISSING YEARS FROM THE GREATEST CRIME SAGA OF ALL TIME. Start by marking “The Godfather Returns” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Before I was 30 pages into Puzo's THE GODFATHER, I was hooked. These diversions bloat the narrative, compromising the reading experience. The novel shows how Sonny, Fredo and Tom Hagen join the family business, as well as the deaths of Peter Clemenza and Salvatore Tessio. Good book, couple steps behind Puzo, obviously and more obviously not written by a true Italian. These diversions bloat the narrative, compromising the reading experience. followed ISBN 1-4000-6101-6 Offer valid for new subscribers only.† Conditions apply. This book does not give me the same feeling. While there were some interesting developments and clarifications on the earlier characters, it was tough to keep it all straight, and after a while, I lost interest in trying. Michael Corleone has won a bloody victory in the war among New York’s crime families. Plus, enjoy 10% off your next online purchase over $50. Now he wants to consolidate his power, save his marriage, and take his family into legitimate businesses. . But I think that I can understand another part of the film more easily. Some of the plot twists are not exactly what you would expect or hope to read in the Godfathe.

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