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Author: Mario Puzo
ISBN13: 978-0345412218
Title: The Last Don: A Novel
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Language: English
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Publisher: Ballantine Books (January 29, 1997)

The Last Don: A Novel by Mario Puzo

The Last Don is Mario Puzo at his finest, thrilling us with his greatest Mafia novel since The Godfather a masterful saga of the last great American crime family and its powerful reach into Hollywood and Las Vegas. The most entertaining read since the godfather. The Last Don is Domenico Clericuzio, a wise and ruthless old man who is determined to see his heirs established in legitimate society but whose vision is threatened when secrets from the family's past spark a vicious war between two blood cousins.

The Last Don. Annotation. Mario Puzo, author of The Godfather, knows a thing or two about the Mafia and about the movie business; here he brings them together. In the prologue, a Mafia don oversees the double christening of two infant boys, Dante and Cross, into the Clericuzio family. Later, when Cross is tapped to take over as the Hammer of the Clericuzios, their prime hit man, he proves not cold-blooded enough for the role

The Last Don, Mario Puzo تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و ششم ماه ژوئن سال 2009 میلادی عنوان: آخرین پدرخوانده؛ نویسنده: ماریو پوزو؛ مترجم: حبیب الله شهبازی؛ تهران، افق، 1386؛ در 637 ص؛ شابک: 9643693228؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان قرن 20 م داستان کوچ مافیای ایتالیا به آمریکا ست. آخرین پدر خوانده حکایتی است از آمیزش سنت و مدرنیته. I know, Mario Puzo had been a script writer for Hollywood for years therefore he naturally knew a lot of insider's information; and he didn't shy away from making jokes about how script-writers and novelists were treated like third-class citizens in the showbiz. But! As light-hearted and delightful those Hollywood characters can be, all these lengthy Hollywood-plots still weights the whole story down!!!!

Mario Puzo is back with a vengeance in his first Mafia novel since The Godfather, a thrilling saga of the last great American crime family and its reach into Hollywood and Las Vegas. The Last Don. Twenty-seven years ago, Mario Puzo created a popular classic with the publication of The Godfather. Now, after writing bestselling novels about Las Vegas, Sicily, and Washington, Puzo has at last returned to the subject he knows best-the inner workings of an American crime family. The Last Don proves once again that Mario Puzo knows where the bodies are buried. Don't miss The Last Don miniseries on VHS and DVD!

The Last Don. A Novel. View More by This Author. This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device. A masterful saga of the last great American Mafia family and its powerful reach into Hollywood and Las Vegas, from the author of The Godfather. Praise for The Last Don Puzo is in top form. Head-long entertainment, bubbling over with corruption, betrayal, assassinations, Richter-scale romance, and, of course, family values.

ON PALM SUNDAY, one year after the Great War against the Santadio, Don Domenico Clericuzio celebrated the christening of two infants of his own blood and made the most important decision of his life. He invited the greatest Family chiefs in America, as well as Alfred Gronevelt, the owner of the Xanadu Hotel in Vegas, and David Redfellow, who had built up a vast drug empire in the United States. All his partners to some degree. Now the most powerful Mafia Family head in America, Don Clericuzio planned to relinquish that power, on the surface. It was time to play a different hand; obvious power.

Home Mario Puzo Last Don. Home. Skippy, Molly said, I’ve seen you lay out a million for a novel that you never made into a picture. How is this different? Bobby Bantz broke in.

A novel can never be as simple as a movie. Claudia said angrily, Why do you put movies down? I’ve seen you cry at good movies. The Don turned finally to Petie. Petie was the second and the most cheerful of his sons. He was affable, at twenty-six no more than a boy, but the Don knew he was a throwback to the Sicilian Clericuzio. Petie, the Don said, Now that Pippi is in the West, you will be Mayor of the Bronx Enclave. You will supply all the soldiers for the Family.

A masterful saga of the last great American Mafia family and its powerful reach into Hollywood and Las Vegas, from the author of The Godfather The Last Don is Domenico Clericuzio, a wise and ruthless old man who is determined to see his heirs established in legitimate society but whose vision is threatened when secrets from the family's past spark a vicious war between two blood cousins. The Last Don is a mesmerizing tale that takes us inside the equally corrupt worlds of the mob, the movie industry, and the casinos where beautiful actresses and ruthless hitmen are ruled by lust and violence, where sleazy producers and greedy studio heads are drunk on power, where crooked cops and desperate gamblers play dangerous games of betrayal, and where one man controls them all. Praise for The Last Don   “Puzo is in top form. . . . Head-long entertainment, bubbling over with corruption, betrayal, assassinations, Richter-scale romance, and, of course, family values.”Time “The most entertaining read since The Godfather.”The New York Times Book Review “Skillfully crafted . . . It gives us Hollywood, Las Vegas, and the mob in one sweet dish.”Los Angeles Times Book Review “Puzo returns after a quarter century to the terrain of his greatest success, The Godfather, to tell a second masterful tale of Mafia life.”Variety “A compelling tale peopled by memorable characters . . . Puzo is a master storyteller with an uncanny facility for details that force the reader to keep the pages turning.”USA Today
Reviews: 7
Puzo never disappoints! It might sound outrageous to call a story about mobsters and killers introspective, but that is just what describes this one. He shows us just what makes all of the characters tick. He is indeed the master of this genre.
Freaky Hook
This is like the Godfather-lite. I read the Kindle edition, and there were many instances of improper hyphenation, it was like the typesetter was being paid a bonus for each hyphen added. I found only one true grammatical error, the use of "ensure" rather than "insure". As I finished this novel, I thought to myself, this could have been more, this could have been less.
Every time I read a book by Mario Puzo, I become more and more impressed with this mans writing style. His books always have a great combination of real world brutality, goodness, sex, and all the other mixes of human experience.
His sentences are simplistic and without airs, as are the ideas of the story, and it is this simplicity that gives Puzo's books an elegance that many modern writers lack. Mario is writing about something that is interesting and tells the reader what they need to know when they need to know it. He knows his subject material and creates a world that is interesting as well as believable.
Fools die was excellent, and then I read GodFather,and I was very impressed with that book also. I wasn't sure about this book, but I picked it up, and saw that even though it was about the same subject material (I thought it would just be a recounting of the godather), the storyline is fresh, with new characters that become well developmed by the end of the book.
Puzo also creates fantastic characters in this book, there is a mold to run by, the old sicilian mafia mold, but the characters in this book are removed by a generation or 2 from this mentality, and it is very interesting to see how Puzo shows their lives as caught in the middle of the mafia life of their parents and grandparents, and the americanized life they lead apart from Quoge LI and the "family".
This book was great, and a great read. Any book written by Puzo is worth reading because of his fantastic writing style, this book is no exception.
This is an extraordinarily good read by master author Mario Puzo. It is the story of the fictional Clericuzio Family--the last great Mafia family in the United States. The Clericuzios at the height of the powers are dominant in gambling, drugs, and other related rackets. But the family patriarch, Don Clericuzio, sees organized crime for the dead end that it is, and devises a plan for his progeny to eventually transition to, and enter into the "legitimate world." But his plan envisions this transition to occur on his own terms, so that when the Family indeed abandons crime, it will do so from a position of strength, entering the ordinary world with wealth and prestige.
There are problems. Some members of the family are less than enthusiastic about abandoning the underworld, and this is the nexus of the story. Nephew Cross De Lena and Grandson Dante Clericuzio fight what amounts to a secret civil war within the Family, even as the legacy of earlier terrible deeds by the great Don himself finally come home to roost. This is an entertaining and insightful story, well-written. It is equally good with beer and chips, or for a more introspective reader.
The book is not without faults. As an attorney, I can only say that Puzo's depiction of "California juries" as regards the insanity defense, is simply asinine, and shows either a contempt for the way things really are, or a simple disregard for facts in order to entertain. OK, I guess, authors are entitled to take liberties with the truth in order to entertain us, I just thought that this particular liberty was unnecessary, since the book seems authentic in so many other ways. Whatever.
The novel's treatment of Hollywood is hilarious. Basically, Puzo depicts the struggles of competing studios, actors, and actresses in the entertainment world as essentially a legalized mob conflict, without the guns. I don't know much about Hollywood, so I have no comment about this except to say that here Puzo was pretty entertaining.
Overall, this was an outstanding book that makes for an excellent read.
Swift Summer
I knew I would enjoy this book and I was not disappointed. I was only sorry when I got to the last page. I did not want it to be over!
Mario Puzo wrote a masterpiece when he wrote The Godfather. Even though The Last Don falls short of that designation, it is still a compelling and wonderfully entertaining read. The absolutes that were born in Sicily such as "omerta" continue into mid twentieth century America even as the Clericuzio family strives toward leaving behind the criminal empire they have embraced for years. Reaching legitimacy is made more difficult when some of the family members including one of the grandchildren obviously have no intention of abandoning the violence and criminality that is the family legacy. Even the more legitimate businesses of the casino and movie investments are eventually touched by murder and mayhem even as the family reaches for respectability. Puzo's brilliance as a writer, his astute character development and his ability to weave into this story believable narratives about all the characters that populate the pages of this novel make this a must read for fiction lovers and people who read also to understand different aspects of American culture. It may be fiction, but there is some truth here also.
Everything I have read by Mario Puzo I have thoroughly enjoyed. The books can sometimes start slow but Puzo does a great job of helping you get to know various characters and telling the story from their perspective. You really become attached to characters and as I got closer and closer to the ending I just wanted the book to continue, I did not want the story to end. Keep in mind this is not about the Corleone family from the Godfather Series
I could only handle about twenty pages of endless names of characters. Nothing to capture my interest along the lines of The Godfather's opening story of the wedding.