The Godfather, by Mario Puzo

Godfather-Novel-Cover.png Though published in 1969, I first read it in 1972 after being captivated by the film.

When I found it all dusty on my library shelf, we became inseparable until its last page was read, like we had never met before.  Imagine the film, but with multi-layers.

Hey, in 44 years you forget a few things, even the greatest of lines from the movie’s screenplay, also written by Puzo.  images-1

“Leave the gun.  Take the cannoli.”

“You touch my sister again, I’ll kill ya.”

“You’re takin this very poisenally.” “It’s not personal Sonny, it’s just business.”

“Maunday, Toosdee, Tearsdee, Whahnsday.”

“Did Clemenza tell you to drop the gun?” “Yeah, a million times.”

“What’s the matter Carlo?” “Shut up and set the table.”

“Paulie, pull over, I gotta take a leak.”

and my personal favorite….

“In Sicily, women are more dangerous than shotguns.”

images Mario Puzo (1920-1999) was an outstanding writer, his descriptions jaw-dropping, especially his erotica.  Stephen King, who in his book, On Writing, lectures on the necessity of candor, would bray in approval.

I couldn’t help wondering how Mrs. Puzo and the mother of his 5 children felt back then, about her husband’s hot, steamy love scenes.

“So Mario, tell me something.  This creamy thigh business of yours…legs draped around necks…something tells me you weren’t talking about us.”

“Oh sweetheart.  I could never talk about our lovemaking, it’s sacred after all.”

“Yeah, sacred this Mario. ”

False candor is very hard to be faithful to, so if I was Mrs. Puzo, my suspicions would have been awakened too.  Whose thighs was he talking about exactly?

“Remember honey, I’m a writer with a vivid imagination.”

“Yeah?  Don’t honey me. What’s her name?  I’ll kill her and her white thighs I’ll drape around her neck I’ll break in half.”

Leave the cannoli, take the gun.


About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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20 Responses to The Godfather, by Mario Puzo

  1. skinnyuz2b says:

    The casting for the movie was spot on, and the music lives on. I’ve never read the book, but have enjoyed the movie several times over the years.

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  2. Rubenstein, Hal says:

    Great post ! My favorite line is when they talk about Michael going to the Bronx restaurant to kill the cop and the other rival mafia don. Sonny tells the fat guy (not sure of his name) to hide the gun in the bathroom above the toilet….he says make sure he can find it when he comes out of the bathroom, I don’t want him walking out with his dick in his hand. Just a great line, if you remember it.



  3. Rob says:

    I read the book many years ago. I recall being most impressed with the way Puzo seems to create the story as a brief episode in a long history. You can almost taste the depth. Very clever and absorbing writing.


  4. It’s been decades since I read the book. I remember the movies (all of them). My fav was when Sonny took the bridesmaid with the floppy vagina and made her happy. Yikes!

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  5. Elle Knowles says:

    I’ve never read the book but will put it on my list now. The movie has been on tv off and on all summer and you know H – he tunes in every time it pops up no matter beginning, middle, or end! ~Elle

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  6. I never read the book, but like Elle’s H I will tune in every opportunity I get.
    Ps. Finally, finished Stephen King’s book on writing … very inspirational.

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  7. Gail says:

    Has it been over 40 years? I remember that movie and its sequels like it was yesterday. Powerful performances that launched robust careers and cliches still used today like, “He made an offer he couldn’t refuse.”

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