The Family Corleone,” by Ed Falco, tells the story of Vito Corleone’s bloody rise to power, in a prequel to “The Godfather.”. The Family Corleone Author Ed Falco Country United States Language English Genre Crime Publisher Grand Central Publishing Publication Date May 8, Luca is one of the major players in The Family Corleone, the new Godfather prequel Ed Falco assembled from material left behind by Puzo.

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The city and the nation are in the depths of the Great Depression. The crime families of New York have prospered in this time, but with the coming end of Prohibition, a battle is looming that will determine which organizations will rise and which will face a violent end.

For Vito Corleone, nothing is more important that his family’s future. While his younges New York, While his youngest children, Michael, Fredo, and Connie, are in school, unaware of their father’s true occupation, and his adopted son Tom Hagen is a college student, he worries most about Sonny, his eldest child.

Vito pushes Sonny to be a businessman, but Sonny years-old, impatient and reckless-wants something else: To follow in his father’s footsteps and become a part of the real family business.

An exhilarating and profound novel of tradition and violence, of loyalty and betrayal, The Family Corleone will appeal to the legions of fans who can never get enough of The Godfatheras well as introduce it to corlsone whole new generation. Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Family Corleoneplease sign up.

In what order should I read the Godfather books? See 1 question about The Family Corleone…. Lists with This Book. Jun 26, Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked fsmily Shelves: It is the prequel to Puzo’s The Godfather. It was published by Grand Central Publishing and released May 8, View all 3 comments.

The Family Corleone

Ahora, es pa matar a Luca. Si hay un personaje en toda la novela que he odiado, sin lugar a dudas ha sido a este. View all 5 comments. Feb 28, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is not your garden variety franchise tie-in. This thing is the genuine article. The story was taken from an actual screenplay set down by Mario Puzo, so we know it has some authenticity.

But Falco took it a step further and made one hell of a novel. This is one of the best 5 books I’ve read this year, capisc’? The Godfather is one of my favorite movies and novels of all cogleone. The Godfather Part Ev is just behind it. This book, this genius of a captivating thr Madon’! This book, this genius of a captivating story, fits right in there. It’s a prequel to The Godfather and ev it up wonderfully. Luca Brasi does not sleep with the fishes in this book.


He fucks the fishes. Seriously though, this was awesome backstory to the film or original novel, The Godfather. A prequel that tells us how Santino Sonny Corleone got his bones.

It tells us what the family is up to during some of the years between the flashback scenes of Godfather II and the beginning of Godfather. We get a great backstory on Luca Brasi, telling how he came to be part of the Corleone organization.

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And the best part of this prequel just might be that there is no Jar Jar Binks! Lots of other great characters too, including some crazy Irish. But I don’t want to give away any surprises that are packed in the cannoli. It’s certainly not a spoiler that we’d get some background story on Luca and Sonny, not to anyone that’s seen or read the original.

But the stuff that happens.

View all 4 comments. May 08, Elizabeth B rated it liked it. There many different ways to try and review this novel but I suppose the easiest way is the way that Paramount approached it when they launched the lawsuit against the Puzo estate It falls at neither end of the spectrum people were anticipating. E a novel, the There many different ways to try and review this novel but I suppose the easiest way is the way that Paramount approached it when they launched the lawsuit against the Puzo estate As a novel, the book is an entertaining read.

It has the basic tenets of any mafia story present. It doesn’t bother with characterization assumably because readers will already know faimly characters. Fakco they ARE characters most Godfather fans will know. There is nothing new here. Touted as a “prequel” it’s really not.

Yes, it gives you some background on Vito but this is more Sonny’s story which is unfortunate because most readers and moviegoers have found Sonny to be their least favorite character for decades now. Why he was the focus of this novel is questionable both in content and marketability. Vito’s story comes out vaguely in bits and pieces, none of which are really unique or individual but merely the same tale always told in the Mafia genre: There is nothing to really demonstrate or explain why Vito became the character readers love so much later faalco.

Sonny is explained in detail but, like many people, I don’t care. It’s the age old issue of answering questions no one asked. A bigger issue that hit me personally was the lack of accurate research. The author chooses to bring in real life mobsters which is always a controversial choice. You have to be so amazingly diligent with your research when doing this and in this the author failed. I’m not talking about nit picky things that some will pick up on that I’m sure I missed because I never lived in New York a few reviewers have mentioned streets that didn’t exist ffalco that time period, for example.


These are all legitimate concerns with the novel – an author who chooses to make such mistakes can’t be relied upon for the remainder of the story.

My issue was a much bigger one that even an average reader will likely note: I mean, really, this got so tiresome. Vito is in NY and anyone who has done any nonfiction reading on the mafia knows that he would be answering to the likes of Luciano, Lansky and Costello and not Al Capone.

Luciano and his family neither feared nor answered to Capone over in Chicago and most legitimate history books of the time will note how he was just a thorn in their side for his constant publicity.

Even more damaging is the time period in question. Well, even a quick google search will tell you that would simply be impossible. In Capone had his famous arrest for tax evasion and by has already been sent to Alcatraz. He wasn’t even a blip on the radar anymore so the idea that he would influence any decisions in the NY mafia families borders on ridiculous.

The writing style was another thing that nagged me. It was clearly written with a screenplay in mind and this becomes more and more evident as the novel wears on. The first few chapters are much stronger in style: By midway, though, it degenerates into almost all dialogue.

Even the descriptions of events are very timeline affected: Corlenoe yes but not a visual approach in the sense of a novel where we are taken through the tense emotions and regrets or pleasure such an event would cause.

Will it transfer to the screen? Undoubtedly since it would require little rewriting to make it a screenplay. Does that make it great reading for a novel? Once I read a few chapters I sat back familg realized that I should read this more as just another mafia novel than a novel about the Corleone family. And, as a standard mainstream mafia novel this book does well. Despite it’s flaws, it has all the basic tenets the novels in this genre have.

It neither stands corkeone from the crowd nor falls below the norm: For many, this is unacceptable. By attaching the Godfather name and its legacy it is expected to rise above the yhe and that the pages inside don’t meet that expectation will disappoint to many readers.

So, back to Paramount’s original worries: It doesn’t add or subtract anything to the story.

It just is sort of Neither good nor bad and kind of irrelevant.

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