Author: MARIO PUZO
Translator: Jeong-hee Ha
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About This Book
Age withers some writers. Others it ripens toward an Olympian wisdom. So it is
with Puzo, who at age 76 returns after a quarter century to the terrain of his
greatest success, The Godfather, to tell a second masterful tale of Mafia life.
Puzo's vision is broader here, and more dispassionate. Times have changed since
the day of the Corleones. America has fragmented, and Puzo's new family, the
Clericuzios, the shadowy power behind the Mafia, is feeling modernity's
centrifugal force. Though still based in New York, the Family has also scattered
to Vegas and, as the novel progresses, to Hollywood. Puzo's protagonist is Cross
De Lena, nephew of Don Domenico Clericuzio, his Bruglione in Vegas, who by
investing in film may fulfill the Don's wish to legitimize the Family. But in
Puzo's world, the search for power and wealth demands brutality; dream
factories, whether of Vegas or Hollywood, are awash in vengeance, betrayal and
blood. Puzo's take on the film world is scathing, yet there are no caricatures
here; his men and women can be seduced by virtue as well as by vice and will
throw away a lifetime in pursuit of love. Violence slashes through the
narrative, but the real cruelty that laces the plot lies in each character's
byzantine manipulations of others; the story line would delight a Medici. Nearly
above the fray stand two old men, the Don and a film czar. Knowing what the
world is, they neither condemn it nor bless it but acknowledge its wickedness
and drink of its passion and beauty. As, in this mesmerizing tale, Puzo himself
does, surveying the play of humanity in its mad glory.
-- From Publishers Weekly
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