Monday, September 17, 2012

I'm Gonna Make Him An Offer He Can't Refuse

'Classic.' A book which people praise and don't rea
Mark Twain

Just after I enjoyed a dozen concerts at the week long SPICMACAY national convention (SPICMACAY is a NGO that promotes classical arts in India) at Mangalore, I wanted to read something. I picked " The Tao of Physics" by Fritjof Capra and " The Godfather."  I felt proud that I had disproved Twain twice !

This bestseller was first published in 1969 and has been read and loved by generations of readers. Mr.Puzo is also a successful screenwriter and journalist and has won two Academy awards for best adopted screenplay. He is supposed to have got the idea of writing this book after having heard anecdotes about Mafia organizations during his time in pulp journalism. His basic motive at that time was to make money and though he had a strong desire to write something that would appeal to the masses.  Somehow both his desires were fulfilled through this book.

"The Godfather" is a classic mafia tale. It is about the vicissitudes of a powerful New York mafia family called " The Corleone Family."  It is about the quest for power and revenge among different mafia gangs and how individuals of these families are involved in such fights. It is a story that shows how the torrents of love and fate can change an individual to do something against one's will and principles.

 I was trying to convince somebody to read this book. This is what I said.

The Don is a simple man, a humble man and that is the reason for all the power he wields.
He is the deadliest mafia don but has never made an open threat in his life.
That is why he is the Deadliest.
"I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse..."
That's the punch dialogue of the century If I may say so
He can take a bullet from you and yet strike a deal with you.
No he hasn't forgotten the bullets.
He'll take revenge.
Revenge is best when served cold.
And It's gonna hurt them badly
He's the "Godfather" .

Vito Corleone is one of the most charismatic characters ever created. I could feel the aura of The Don while reading the book.

Short intro of the Corleone family.

The Don has three sons and a daughter. They are Sonny, Frederico and Connie.  Sonny is the angry man, an efficient man but doesn't have the caliber to lead the family. Frederico is the failure in Don's family. Micheal is the one who wants to stay away from pop's business, but the Don believes that he is the perfect heir to his throne. The Corleone family is ably supported by the caporegimes or generals named Clemenza and Tessio. The efficient hand of a consigliori is also essential for a mafia family. Tom Hagen is the counsellor for the Don. I prefer not to introduce the enemies of the Corleones. It is better if you discover them through the book.

I won't say anything more about the book. Just go, pick it up and devour it.


  1. Have read the book and yes, its something you simply cannot out down....An absolute page-turner! Have you seen the movie?

    1. Yes , I've seen all the three parts. I just love it. The book is slightly better than the movie I guess. Do you feel the same?

  2. i think the godfather movie possibly the only movie which has done justice to the book.... a close second is lord of the rings