Zabardast wrote:My dad tells me it's way better than the movie... but then again, they always say that about the book vs. a movie.
It is certainly more expansive (as books tend to be) and also more of an ensemble story than the movie was. Characters like Johnny Fontane, Lucy Mancini, Rocco Lampone and other characters who had a small or no role in the movie, got a lot more focus in the book, which let us see what kind of influence The Godfather had on different people. It was incredibly fascinating. I can't really say if it was better than the movie, just very different. I think that both works perfectly used their respective mediums as best they could.
Has anyone read the Godfather Returns or the Godfather's Revenge, Mark Winegardner's sequels? My gut tells me that there's no way they'll come close to Puzo's work, but I guess you never really know.