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The Sicilian After Mario Puzo Wrote His Internationally Acclaimed The Godfather, He Has Often Been Imitated But Never Equaled Puzo S Classic Novel, The Sicilian, Stands As A Cornerstone Of His Work A Lushly Romantic, Unforgettable Tale Of Bloodshed, Justice, And Treachery The Year Is Michael Corleone Is Nearing The End Of His Exile In Sicily The Godfather Has Commanded Michael To Bring A Young Sicilian Bandit Named Salvatore Giuliano Back With Him To America But Giuliano Is A Man Entwined In A Bloody Web Of Violence And Vendettas In Sicily, Giuliano Is A Modern Day Robin Hood Who Has Defied Corruption And Defied The Cosa Nostra Now, In The Land Of Mist Shrouded Mountains And Ancient Ruins, Michael Corleone S Fate Is Entwined With The Dangerous Legend Of Salvatore Giuliano Warrior, Lover, And The Ultimate Siciliano

  • Paperback
  • 416 pages
  • The Sicilian
  • Mario Puzo
  • English
  • 28 February 2019
  • 0345441702

About the Author: Mario Puzo

Puzo was born in a poor family of Neapolitan immigrants living in the Hell s Kitchen neighborhood of New York Many of his books draw heavily on this heritage After graduating from the City College of New York, he joined the United States Army Air Forces in World War II Due to his poor eyesight, the military did not let him undertake combat duties but made him a public relations officer stationed in Germany In 1950, his first short story, The Last Christmas, was published in American Vanguard After the war, he wrote his first book, The Dark Arena, which was published in 1955.At periods in the 1950s and early 1960s, Puzo worked as a writer editor for publisher Martin Goodman s Magazine Management Company Puzo, along with other writers like Bruce Jay Friedman, worked for the company line of men s magazines, pulp titles like Male, True Action, and Swank Under the pseudonym Mario Cleri, Puzo wrote World War II adventure features for True Action.Puzo s most famous work, The Godfather, was first published in 1969 after he had heard anecdotes about Mafia organizations during his time in pulp journalism He later said in an interview with Larry King that his principal motivation was to make money He had already, after all, written two books that had received great reviews, yet had not amounted to much As a government clerk with five children, he was looking to write something that would appeal to the masses With a number one bestseller for months on the New York Times Best Seller List, Mario Puzo had found his target audience The book was later developed into the film The Godfather, directed by Francis Ford Coppola The movie received 11 Academy Award nominations, winning three, including an Oscar for Puzo for Best Adapted Screenplay Coppola and Puzo collaborated then to work on sequels to the original film, The Godfather Part II and The Godfather Part III.Puzo wrote the first draft of the script for the 1974 disaster film Earthquake, which he was unable to continue working on due to his commitment to The Godfather Part II Puzo also co wrote Richard Donner s Superman and the original draft for Superman II He also collaborated on the stories for the 1982 film A Time to Die and the 1984 Francis Ford Coppola film The Cotton Club.Puzo never saw the publication of his penultimate book, Omert , but the manuscript was finished before his death, as was the manuscript for The Family However, in a review originally published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Jules Siegel, who had worked closely with Puzo at Magazine Management Company, speculated that Omert may have been completed by some talentless hack Siegel also acknowledges the temptation to rationalize avoiding what is probably the correct analysis that Puzo wrote it and it is terrible Puzo died of heart failure on July 2, 1999 at his home in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York His family now lives in East Islip, New York.



10 thoughts on “The Sicilian

  1. says:

    For someone who has just got into books and reading a book every ten days,it was too much to swallow.As I began to study the last hundred pages of the novel The Sicillian by the famous Mario Puzo again ,at midnight,I knew I was falling into an ocean of unbelievable storytelling.Finishing the book at 2.00 a.m,i could not sleep for the next hour or so.Turi Guilliano, undoubtedly the greatest character that i have ever read about is just too unthinkable and great to forget with time.Puzo with his For someone who has just got into books and reading a book every ten days,it was too much to swallow.As I began to study the last hundred pages of the novel The Sicillian by the famous Mario Puzo again ,at midnight,I knew I was falling into an ocean of unbelievable storytelling.Finishing the book at 2.00 a.m,i could not sleep for the next hour or so.Turi Guilliano, undoubtedly the greatest character that i have ever read about is just too unthinkable and great to forget with time.Puzo with his indimidating style and vocabulary takes you in to a different world where living by your heart isimportant than living by the law.The book starts as if it is a sequel to the Godfather ,but never really wants to be the sequel.While Godfather lighted the underworld,this book shows you love,unimaginable bravery,gratitude,friendship,courage,cunning cleverness,a mixture of kindness and cruelty all present in one man Turi Guilliano who with his friend Aspanu becomes a bandit to help the poor.Though I have never read anything about Robinhood and his heroics,I can be dead sure that Turi will be beter than him in every attribute.The book ,unlike the Godfather ,has fewer characters,with each of them beautifully sculptured by Puzo s brilliance.It is quiet amazing how I got the same aura after completing the book,that once got after reading the Godfather.I wonder why this book isn t famous as the Godfather.It made sense afterwards that it was the true reflection of mood of the two novels.The pace of the novel that remains the same throughout the plot,the typical phrases that makes you read it over and over again,the pride of those fearless men in killing and running for life,the glory with they accept death andthan anything else, when you are about to think the book has already been worth read ing before the climax,the climax happens to be the actual thing why you should read the bookMay be because Godfather was one of the first few books I read ,I like the Sicillianthan I do the former.But I am happy for that.The book is a piece of art ,an epitome of characterisation and storytelling.It isthan a novel about the life of Guilliano,it is a recording of how a story of a man becomes a myth,a legend for the generations to come.The greatness of Puzo lies not in telling you such a wonderful story but in making us think this is the life we would have wanted to live in the wildest of our dreams.Whatever it might be,I honestly beleive The Sicillian is farheart breaking than The Godfather both the books and the men wrapped in their names

  2. says:

    The Sicilian, Mario Puzo New York Linden Press Simon Schuster , 1984 1363 Pages 410, ISBN 0671435647 The Sicilian is a novel by Italian American author Mario Puzo Published in 1984 by Random House Publishing Group ISBN 0 671 43564 7 , it is based on Puzo s most famous work, The Godfather It is regarded as The Godfather s literary sequel This novel, though a work of fiction, is based on the real life exploits of Giuliano In 1987, The Sicilian was adapted into The Sicilian, Mario Puzo New York Linden Press Simon Schuster , 1984 1363 Pages 410, ISBN 0671435647 The Sicilian is a novel by Italian American author Mario Puzo Published in 1984 by Random House Publishing Group ISBN 0 671 43564 7 , it is based on Puzo s most famous work, The Godfather It is regarded as The Godfather s literary sequel This novel, though a work of fiction, is based on the real life exploits of Giuliano In 1987, The Sicilian was adapted into a film, directed by Michael Cimino and starring Christopher Lambert as Salvatore Guiliano, however, owing to copyright issues, 1986 1363 410 067143647 20

  3. says:

    There are lots of characters I really like this book It is very gripping to read Alhamdulillah.

  4. says:

    When I bought this the guy in the shop said I ve heard this is better than the Godfather So to the owner of the second hand book store in Great Yarmouth I m reporting back and advising the Sicilian is about three football leagues below the Godfather It s duller than a Will Smith action movie Less entertaining than the World Snooker final You get the point.

  5. says:

    While The Godfather Trilogy stands out as the greatest Movie ever made in my humble opinion anyway, I must have watched it a dozen times or , and would probably do so for the rest of my life , but as far as the books are concerned, The Siclian happens to be far superior to The Godfather.And I just loved the ending, its probably one of the most heart breaking one you will ever come across, and sadly perfect in so many ways.Its a must read.

  6. says:

    Mario Puzo claims his fame and fortune with The Godfather He exerts his mastery of writing and storytelling in The Sicilian.This book offers nearly every addictive literary substance for which the reader s neuro transmitters scream Puzo offers action, suspense, national heritage, generational character, moral integrity, filial piety, brotherhood, loyalty, ethical conflict, the power of conviction, and so muchTuri Giuliano represents the kind of archetypal hero for which every common cit Mario Puzo claims his fame and fortune with The Godfather He exerts his mastery of writing and storytelling in The Sicilian.This book offers nearly every addictive literary substance for which the reader s neuro transmitters scream Puzo offers action, suspense, national heritage, generational character, moral integrity, filial piety, brotherhood, loyalty, ethical conflict, the power of conviction, and so muchTuri Giuliano represents the kind of archetypal hero for which every common citizen of every common country dares to hope and dream Ever since watching The Godfather films years ago, I have tried to articulate exactly why I find them so unbelievable After reading The Sicilian, the same idea, or theme, creeps further out of the shadows and permits the light to artfully sketch its image I imagine Puzo wrestling with this idea and experimenting with it He carefully crafts the histories of each major character, including Sicily, which inspires the reader to consider those historical circumstances as the masters of personal fates and destinies These histories and current circumstances create a sort of volatile microcosm which only a certain character can ignite and reinvent A seemingly autonomous Nurture pairs with a character s Nature devastating a once confused idea of control I wanted this character to be Michael Corleone So with the appearances of the Corleone Family in this story, I come closer to understanding Puzo s experimental hypothesis In The Godfather, Michael Corleone succumbs to the life of his father, Don Corleone He learns to control the most powerful Mafia family America has ever seen Butimportantly, he learns to survive The Sicilian asks whether these aspirations shrivel to the heroic will to inject life and happiness into a society rather than to conquer it Michael Corleone, as we view him in this book, did not live the life he would have chosen He chose loyalty to his family, which history and circumstances may have forced him to do considering the nature of his brothers and the world Don Corleone had built around him, which brings about the sad tragedy of his life He survived tragically dying a lifelong death whereas Turi Giuliano lived even beyond his last breath the final reward of the mythical hero, the archetypal conqueror of death who lives the life that every common citizen of every common country would choose for their children In dying he lives while in life the Mafia Don exists as an empty vessel Michael Corleone would have lived if he hadn t needed to survive He is the hero who ignored his calling And perhaps the burden falls to Sicily, the histories and circumstances, for creating a world which demands that we choose to survive tragically by its methods or live heroically by our own

  7. says:

    The writer of the famous Godfather books and script for the two famous movies has written this little tale about the last days of Michael Corleone s days on Sicily where he went after his misadventures defending his families honour Micheal gets the job of taking a certain Salavatore Guiliano back with him to the US as this bandits time in Sicily has become untenable and he either dies or moves away from Sicily This story is not so much about Michael Corleone even if he features in the book for The writer of the famous Godfather books and script for the two famous movies has written this little tale about the last days of Michael Corleone s days on Sicily where he went after his misadventures defending his families honour Micheal gets the job of taking a certain Salavatore Guiliano back with him to the US as this bandits time in Sicily has become untenable and he either dies or moves away from Sicily This story is not so much about Michael Corleone even if he features in the book for quite a few pages It is the story of Salvatore Turi Guiliano a bandit in Sicily who finds himself in that role after he kills a policemen while smuggling cheese for the black market The story tells about the history of Sicily, the face of the Mafia which is not called that way at all in Sicily and how Turi Guiliano became a sort of Robin Hood while robbing from the rich and giving to the poor While the rich and the Mafia were working the other way around So the confrontation between bandit and Mafia was an inescapable conflict bound to happen We are told the story through the viewpoint of the main characters Michael Corleone, Turi Guiliano and Don Groce the leading man of crime on Sicily The story seeks no justification for the actions of all involved and shows quite clearly how all parties involved in Sicily are too blame for any injustice that has happened there.A nice read an insight on the origins of the Corleone family and a first lesson for Michael from his father in taking over the family business If you liked the Godfather movies you will enjoy this unexpected chapter that isa sidequel than being part of the main story Easy to read and well written

  8. says:

    Reading Mario Puzo is a new experience for me, and this is only my second to truly compare it against his own Neither have I read enough stories in crime genre to compare it against others of its kind I hope whatever scant knowledge I have of literature will help me honestly judge the book.To tell little of the story if the book can be believed, Salvatore Turi Guilliano was a Sicilian rebel who rose to prominence in the aftermath of the Second World War His path to rebellion started when Reading Mario Puzo is a new experience for me, and this is only my second to truly compare it against his own Neither have I read enough stories in crime genre to compare it against others of its kind I hope whatever scant knowledge I have of literature will help me honestly judge the book.To tell little of the story if the book can be believed, Salvatore Turi Guilliano was a Sicilian rebel who rose to prominence in the aftermath of the Second World War His path to rebellion started when he was shot by the local police for the smuggling of cheese Surviving the gunshot wounds, he embarked on a path to liberate Sicily from injustice, and to lift the poor and weak from oppression and poverty.Puzo goes to a lot of details to bring the character of Guilliano to life He is a romantic, and the idea of heroism is very appealing to him He deals with his enemies swiftly, and with prisoners justly He refuses to bend his knee to the Mafia, knowing how hypocritic their notion of fairness is He shares half the earnings of banditry with the common people The common people love him to them, he s the symbol of strength, fairness and justice.It s fair to say the author romanticised Guilliano a lot, but that is not really a crime Puzo presents us a character who is larger than life in such a way that we can comprehend him, one could say touch him His personality is the perfect mixture of kind, stern, brave, clever and intelligence A little too perfect Not that I m saying that a character like that could not exist It s only that, living in a world where this perfect combination is unheard of, it kind of makes you question the credibility of the book.But I guess that can forgiven, given that this is a romanticism of Guilliano s legend, and is a pretty good book view spoiler I do not usually talk about endings, but I m make an exception Given how close Guilliano was to his cousin, Aspannu Pisciota, it was quite a lot to take in that he betrayed him so fatally, and dealt him the fatal blow hide spoiler Other times, we find the author giving us the inside scoop of someone s mind And since this is a story, after all, and so entertaining, it can be easily accepted.Though Guilliano was shown to listen to his good judgement, and to his heart, the book leaves us with two powerful lessons in the different correction A man s duty is to his life before honour, and heroism and foolishness are two faces of the same coin None of them are direct quotes, rather my interpretation Depressing as they may be, they ring with sad truths view spoiler Both are supported by the fact that Guilliano losses, dies, and Sicily goes back to where it was hide spoiler The book makes us want to know Guilliano I m tempted to do some research on the person, so I d say that s a success on the book s part Guilliano is very inspirational, and joins the list of rebel heroes.P.S Wikipedia have a different account, so I guess this is, after all, fiction

  9. says:

    I read this a few years ago and completely forgot to review it here.It s a MASTERPIECE and definitely one of my favourite Puzo novels I had no idea that it was based on fact until after I d finished it and then I was evenfascinated The bold and unique story and indeed legacy of Salvatore Giuliano, Sicily s most daring bandit, is a captivating read Obviously, much of this must have been Puzo s invention but he does an incredible job of bringing this legend to literary life.The story i I read this a few years ago and completely forgot to review it here.It s a MASTERPIECE and definitely one of my favourite Puzo novels I had no idea that it was based on fact until after I d finished it and then I was evenfascinated The bold and unique story and indeed legacy of Salvatore Giuliano, Sicily s most daring bandit, is a captivating read Obviously, much of this must have been Puzo s invention but he does an incredible job of bringing this legend to literary life.The story is well mapped out, the characters wonderfully rendered, the time and place so vibrant and alive, the dialogue clipped with colloquialisms, it all feels like you ve stepped back into history.I strongly recommend this book Though Puzo will be remembered for The Godfather a novel he himself regarded as pulpy , The Sicilian bears testament that his other novels demand just as strong an interest.This is an author at the peak of his powers

  10. says:

    To my surprise I feel immense contempt for reading a supposedly praised book of Puzo because I actually find it extremely disappointing.The book being nothing exceptional but a painfully exasperating story about the bold Italian Outlaws and the typical Sicilian Mafia Mob, makes me insolently demean this story because the plot turned out to be almost a mash up and rip off of Puzo s other notable books.Moreover, after reading the book, scorned I was as a blacksmith without his tools, I was numb to To my surprise I feel immense contempt for reading a supposedly praised book of Puzo because I actually find it extremely disappointing.The book being nothing exceptional but a painfully exasperating story about the bold Italian Outlaws and the typical Sicilian Mafia Mob, makes me insolently demean this story because the plot turned out to be almost a mash up and rip off of Puzo s other notable books.Moreover, after reading the book, scorned I was as a blacksmith without his tools, I was numb too since the novel had very little material I recall the days when I almost gave up reading this book because I was tired of forcing myself to turn the pages.Firstly, the feeble plot, as mentioned before turns out to be a brew of Puzo s other books, lacks originality and enthrallment, and is rather repetitive It also focuses too much on the character development, so much that you are left with a sick feeling of boredom and weariness The innumerable accounts of the characters past are definitely a foundation of their role but with these characters Puzo actually overdid it, so much that you feel such elaborate illustrations were unnecessary The characters were lush and deep but not captivating enough to make me dive into their lives.The book might have flourished if it were made into two parts, because since the real story is so limited, Puzo could have glorified it by dividing it into two parts by focusing the drama on the first and the tragedy thrills on the latter, but that s just how I feel Sadly, thriving on unwanted details and a vain story, this book also features folly and unintelligent writing For example, the execution of the main character absolutely made no sense at all, the weak writing left readers in utter dismay and confusion such as, Why kill him NOW , without a motive why would THAT person betray , etc.Moving on, the theme of the book is somewhat ambiguous yet the countless incidents of the story surely amplified aspects of Loyalty and Pride And the message of the book might have been somewhat enlightening but I remain unsatisfied with this desultory tale of how two young innocent boys grew up to be bandits and embraced their fateful retribution

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