An of­fer God­fa­ther fans can’t refuse

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - LIFE - By David Pitt

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

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