The Sicilian

The Sicilian

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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 1950. Michael Corleone is nearing the end of his exile in Sicily. The Godfather has commanded Michael to bring a young Sicilian bandit named Salvatore Guiliano back with him to America. But Guiliano is a man entwined in a bloody web of violence and vendettas. In Sicily, Guiliano 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 Guiliano: warrior, lover, and the ultimate Siciliano.
ISBN: 9780345441706
Branch Call Number: Puzo


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Oct 12, 2018

While traveling in Sicily, a fellow traveler gave me "The Sicilian" after finishing it and I read it while visiting the island. I had read Puzo's "The Godfather" and had seen the Godfather films many years before visiting Sicily. This book's plot is based on the real life exploits of Salvatore Giuliano who stole from the rich and gave to the poor Sicilian peasants. He fights the Church, the Mafia, and the landed gentry and led the crusade for Sicilian independence. What I loved about this book was it explained the fascinating and surprising origins of the Sicilian Mafia of which I never knew. This is one of my all time favorite books. Reading this book in Sicily enriched my travels there immensely. A must read for "Godfather" fans. Don't bother seeing the film with Christopher Lambert as it's absolutely horrible.

Mar 30, 2018

If you took out the pages that describe how good looking and morally pure our hero Turi is, a 400+ page book would be about 175 pages long. Short on actual story, Puzo spends his time fawning over one particular character. The hard cover would make a good door stop.

Jan 04, 2018

A far fetched character highlights this "mythic novel". The characterization is pretty weak as you are just told what they are like. Often times the author goes over the top with the character descriptions but then backs up just before the descriptions become farcical. Good people are handsome, evil people are not. This probably should have been a graphic novel. The narrative is descriptive and moves at a decent pace but there are no real internal conflicts with the characters. Read it if you like mythologies or are interested in the author's works.

Feb 08, 2012

Just as great probably even better than The Godfather.

Oct 21, 2011

Great book. Surprisingly quick read.

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