An offer Godfather fans can’t refuse
ICy N The Family Corleone (Grand Central, 591 pages, $9), Ed Falco takes us back to 1933, a decade before the events of Mario Puzo’s The Godfather (1969).
Vito Corleone is still building his empire; his son, Sonny, is an impetuous 17-year-old eager to make his own mark; and Luca Brasi, who will become the Corleone family enforcer, is a psychopath determined to bring Don Corleone down.
Based on an unproduced screenplay by Puzo, the novel is an absolute mustread for Godfather fans. Falco, a professor of English at Virginia Tech, isn’t doing a Puzo imitation, but the book is, like Puzo’s original, full of meaty characters, violence, and an operatic sense of larger-than-life drama.
Falco: a must-read