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《教父》是美国作家马里奥·普佐的一部著名小说,小说描述了黑手党的产生、发展的全过程:外来移民为生活所逼,铤而走险,靠走私、赌博、贩毒、谋杀而在美国社会中争得一席之地。

他们依赖非法营生而逐步发展壮大,其势力也渗透到各个领域,在政府枢纽部门也有了他们的代理人。当他们羽翼丰满时,便不满足于现有的非法地位,力求融入合法社会,毫无恐惧地享受他们的财富。然而,具有讽刺意味的是,他们由非法社会向合法社会的过渡却偏偏是依靠非法的暴力行为得以完成的。根据本书改编的电影为美国电影史上一个十分悠久的经典类型--犯罪片开拓了宽广的前景,它不仅拓展了犯罪片的表现领域,其思想意义和内涵也远远超越了暴力的范畴,并将主题升华为人类社会中最常见的权力交替中的深层意义--权力与罪恶的关系。影片在70年代初曾轰动一时,取得了商业和评论上的双重成功,片中"教父"的扮演者马龙·白兰度带动的"马龙·白兰度热"像旋风一样几乎波及整个世界,而导演科波拉也从此奠定了他在好莱坞中的"教父"地位。

马里奥·普佐当年创作的小说《教父》是美国文学创作中的一个转折点,它使黑手党问题引起了举国上下的普遍注意,从20世纪70年代初开始,反映黑手党的作品就如雨后春笋一般繁盛起来,但是我们认为,没有一部能同《教父》相提并论。

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You can't stop reading it. ("New York" magazine) A staggering triumph. ("The Saturday Review")

作者简介
作者:(美国)马里奥•普佐

马里奥·普佐_Mario Puzo ,《教父》作者
生日—1920 10 15
忌日— 1999 07 02
生于纽约 死于纽约
属于第一代意裔美国人,二战期间曾从军,退伍后供职政府机关,利用业余时间开始创作。以写西西里黑手党起家,成名。普佐对黑手党人物的刻画可谓栩栩如生、对故事情节的描写也是丝丝入扣。他具有文学的易感性,讲起故事来又口若悬河、滔滔不绝,这种特长在成名作《教父》中得以体现,以致有人怀疑普佐与黑手党有瓜葛。对此普佐断然加以否认。他说,他对黑手党的了解来自他儿时所听的故事、他的广泛阅读以及丰富的想象。 《教父》是美国文学创作中的一个转折点,1969年出版后使黑手党问题引起举国上下的普遍注意。《教父》的出版使普佐的生活也发生重大转折,他名利双收,有了自己的经纪人。此之前的作品反应冷淡。接着他又开始第二个创作生涯,写起电影剧本来。他所创作的电影剧本《教父》第一、二集先后获得奥斯卡奖,此外他还创作了包括《教父》第三集、《超人》两集、《棉花俱乐部》在内的8个电影剧本,都取得了不同程度的成功。普佐的一举成名使他得以出版他想发表的一切作品。1972年他的短篇小说和散文集《教父外传》问世。1978年又发表了《愚人之死》,其背景为拉斯维加斯、好莱坞和纽约出版界。《教父外传》仅简装本就卖了220万美元,在当时是个创纪录价格。6年后他又出版了《西西里人》,在1985年名列畅销榜榜首。不过普佐随后出版的描写肯尼迪的《第4个K》却反应平平。普佐由此得出结论:“这本书的失败使我意识到,某些规则你是无法打破的。人们把肯尼迪视为英雄,而我打破这种观念,把他描写成本来会成为独裁者的家伙。”《第4个K》差点成了普佐的最后一部作品。1991年1月该书发表时,他几乎一病不起。他身患糖尿病和心脏病,随后的两年中,中断创作,转而研究在15-16世纪出过两个教皇和许多政治及宗教领袖的博尔吉亚家族的历史,不过他最终放弃了写一部关于博尔吉亚家族的小说,开始创作另一部描写好莱坞和拉斯维加斯的作品,《末代教父》就此诞生。

文摘
AMERIGO Bonasera sat in New York Criminal Court Number 3 and waited for justice; vengeance on the
men who had so cruelly hurthis daughter, who had tried to dishonor her.
 The judge, a formidably heavy-featured man, rolled up the sleeves of his black robe as if to
physically chastise the two young men standing before the bench. His face was cold with majestic
contempt. But there was something false in all this that Amerigo Bonasera sensed but did not yet
understand.
 "You acted like the worst kind of degenerates," the judge said harshly. Yes, yes, thought Amerigo
Bonasera.Animals. Animals. The two young men, glossy hair crew cut, scrubbed clean-cut faces
composed into humble contrition, bowed their heads in submission.
 The judge went on. "You acted like wild beasts in a jungle and you are fortunate you did not
sexually molest that poor girl or I'd put you behind bars for twenty years." The judge paused, his
eyes beneath impressively thick brows flickered slyly toward the sallow-faced Amerigo Bonasera, then
lowered to a stack of probation reports before him. He frowned and shrugged as if convinced against
his own natural desire. He spoke again.

内容简介
《教父》提供了某种根植于美国人心中的可怕的愉悦因素,使读者近距离观察到一个令人震颤的黑暗而暴力的非法阶层,献给读者一场凶险生活方式的飨宴。 汤姆?汉克斯说:“它就是我们男人的圣经,那里面包含了所有的智慧。

Book Description
Reissued to coincide with the September Random House release of The Last Don, here is the sweeping saga of a family and of its leader, a friendly and reasonable man who just happens to be the deadliest gang leader in the Cosa Nostra.

Amazon.com
The story of Don Vito Corleone, the head of a New York Mafia family, inspired some of the most successful movies ever. It is in Mario Puzo's The Godfather that Corleone first appears. As Corleone's desperate struggle to control the Mafia underworld unfolds, so does the story of his family. The novel is full of exquisitely detailed characters who, despite leading unconventional lifestyles within a notorious crime family, experience the triumphs and failures of the human condition. Filled with the requisite valor, love, and rancor of a great epic, The Godfather is the definitive gangster novel.

From Library Journal
Diehard Godfather fans play second banana to no other subculture in their obsession with the minutiae of Puzo's novel and Coppola's films. These dedicated fans will be most disappointed by the new audio version, although perhaps only an hour of material is missing, but casual aficionados will barely notice the abridgment. Missing are the subplot involving Sonny's mistress, Lucy Mancini, and Dr. William Kennedy and the descriptions of the regional Mafia chieftains that precede the commission meeting at which Don Corleone flushes out Don Barzini as his number one rival. Actor Joe Mantegna does a fine job throughout, largely resisting the temptation to put on voices for too many of the characters. However, this cannot be said for his Don Corleone. Perhaps it is vengeance: after all, Andy Garcia, as the late Don's nephew, Vincent Mancini, put the hit on Mantegna's Joey Zasa in Godfather III, but whatever the reason, Mantegna gives Corleone a raspy falsetto-imagine the Pillsbury Doughboy with a tracheotomy-that ranks as one of the worst Brando impressions ever. Also, Puzo's chilling ending in which Kay converts to Catholicism with the hope of saving her husband's soul is inexplicably transformed into a chamber-of-commerce-style bromide about the family's new life in Nevada. Still, the popularity of Puzo's novel 27 years after its publication makes this abridgment a must-have.
                              Adam Mazmanian, "Library Journal"

Book Dimension
length: (cm)17.5                 width:(cm)10.6

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