Just finished reading ‘Godfather’…for the third time. The first time, I was awake the whole night and took a day off from work to complete the book (Ofcourse, my boss laughed it off the next day).
The book is full of delightful characters whose shades of grey have been brought out very well. Attitudes of people who leaves you wondering whether people could ever exist like that. Death becomes cheap. Life goal is ridiculously simple.
The book starts of with a very detailed and well thought about introduction of all the characters. Except the Don – Vito Corleone himself. The whole book has to be assimilated to really know what the Don is all about. There is very little detail about what Don really thinks and believes in. Very little is known about what motivates him. The whole book is a testament to what Don has built and what he is. And the other characters go about and what he is. And the other characters go about describing him to us by what they speak and what they do.
The book is organized in 5 main parts:
1 – Introduces and builds to a great family dispute. We are made aware of the family structure and other details that are important to the whole book.
2 – Talks about Don’s past life…how don became ‘The Don’ and more importantly how he became ‘The Godfather’. This part has remarkable details about how people react to fear without a spoken threat, and what people really are. The section where the don contemplates the power of Fannucci gives you a glimpse of how the Don must have operated to get on top of all the New York families.
3 – Is extremely romantic and is a very good read. This is the section where Michael Corleone spends two years in exile in Sicily.
4 – It gives us an insight on how Las Vegas works. This can be a little dull part of the book. Takes away the pace from the storyline and is not so relevant. What ever crossed the author’s mind when writing this section I will never be able to fathom.
5 – It is about how Michael becomes ‘Don Michael’. We are introduced to new characters and finally the end itself tells us the crux of the book – the journey of a young man from being a conscientious war hero to finally ending up as the most feared mafia chief in the country.
Well, I will make an offer no one would want to refuse – For all of you who have not read or watched Godfather, do not delay further. Trust me, you will not regret it!! A novel, you can’t refuse.
The book has been converted into a movie and remakes have been made until now…but I will be biased…to get the real essence, read the book!
Fun Fact: The most common famous and memorable quote “”I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse” was voted as the second most memorable line in cinema history in AFI’s 100 Years.