It’s a sin to have not read this book. Meet the most just man, reasonable man, a friendly man with the highest of family values ‘The Godfather’. His family is one of the five Mafia families of New York and the most powerful one.
A modern masterpiece, The Godfather is a searing portrayal of the 1940’s criminal underworld. It is also the intimate story of the Corleone family, at once drawn together and ripped apart by its unique position at the core of the American Mafia. Still shocking forty years after it was first published; this compelling tale of blackmail, murder and family values is a true classic. This masterpiece is read and appeals to all kinds of age group and people from different walks.
The book details the life of Don Corleone and his operations. He has supreme influence and power to get things done his way. Being a man of principles, he respects friendship the most and anybody disloyal to him have to pay the price. The Don isn’t a criminal in his own eyes or his friends, community, workforce and the Italian immigrant community but his own son Michael Corleone keeps distance. Michael Corleone being least interested in the family business went off to join the Army.
The family is at its highest peak and power over the others. But hell breaks down when Don Corleone is shot as he did not accept the Turks’ offer for the drug business. The old man survived the scare. Michael had to take charge of killing the enemy as he was considered the innocent one. He was then sent to Sicily and returned only after three years when proper arrangements were made.
Sonny, the eldest son of Don was killed and hell broke down on the Corleone family. The old man sick and the head dead the powers of the family weakened in the Mafia. It was time for someone competent to take charge and earn the reputation back. Michael Corleone rose like the phoenix and took charge. The rest of the story unfolds as how Michael manages to bring back his father’s empire, to make not as strong but rather stronger than it ever was. He becomes as respected as the Godfather.
The smooth and gripping narration of the book makes you crave for more. The tone of it is perfect as it depicts this dark, moody underworld that is ruled by power rather than democracy and is so intriguing. This book is “an offer you can’t refuse”, if I may say so, in the Don’s word.