The films are great (well, at least I and II are) and the book is well worth a read whether you’ve seen them or not.
The fascinating thing reading the book is that, if you’ve seen the films (the book weaves Godfather I and II together), you have a hard time not picturing the scenes from them. It felt almost like Puzo had sat down and described a DVD he was watching at points.
But then there are whole storylines which are not developed in the book. Take Lucy, the bridesmaid that Sonny gets off with at the wedding in the film’s opening sequence. She has a major role throughout the book (though for the life of me I couldn’t grasp why) but is ditched in the film which is just as well. Kay plays much more of a part, as does Johnny Fontaine.
Personally, I think Puzo wrote a great novel and polished the story up by writing the screenplays to Godfather I and II.
Amerigo Bonasera sat in New York Criminal Court Number 3 and waited for justice; vengeance on the men who had so cruelly hurt his daughter, who had tried to dishonour her.
I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.
Then with a projound and deeply willed desire to belive, to be heard, as she had done every day since the murder of Carlo Rizzi, she said the necessary prayers for the soul of Michael Corleone.
terrible > poor > mediocre > okay > good > very good> excellent > superb