Mario Puzo Biography!
Mario Puzo was born in New York City, on October 15th, 1920. He was a famous Italian author and screenwriter, who wrote a number of popular novels about The Mafia. Throughout Puzo’s career/lifetime, he is best known and recognized for his publishing of the popular novel, The Godfather. Puzo was born into a poor family from Pietradefusi, Province of Avellino, Campania, Italy living in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York. He served in the army during World War 2, and studied writing at the New School for Social Research and at Columbia University during the late 1940s and early 1950s. He worked at a variety of jobs, and wrote serious but unsuccessful fiction until he became famous as the author of The Godfather. He was married to Erika Puzo and had 5 children. Mario Puzo passed away due to heart failure on Friday, July 2, 1999 at his home on Manor Lane in West Bay Shore, Long Island, New York. Also, Mario Puzo admitted that he never associated with or knew an authentic mobster, and he drew upon his knowledge of the area in which he grew up, research, and his imagination to write The Godfather
Plot Summary!!! The Godfather, by Mario Puzo, first takes place during a backyard wedding reception for Don Vito Corleone’s daughter, Connie. Don Corleone is an Italian Mafia boss known as the Godfather. During the wedding, the Don is conducting business in his office. Alongside him are his sons Santino “Sonny” Corleone, Michael “Mikey” Corleone and his adopted son and family lawyer, Tom Hagen. While his daughter’s wedding is taking place, many people come to Vito’s office to make requests before Connie is married. As soon as all the requests were fulfilled, Don Vito set the stage and had a ceremonial dance with his daughter. After the wedding, Don met up with Italian drug dealer Sollozo. Sollozo offered Don an opportunity to take part in a big drug investment, but Don refused because he has many links with politicians, government and police. He refused to take part in such a dirty job. Sollozo is enraged at the fact that Don refused his offer, so he sets out to have him assassinated. While Don was out shopping for groceries in a public market, Sollozo and one of his friends shoot Don in the back, leaving Don incapable of moving. With him was his son Fredo, who immediately sends Don to the hospital. Michael hears about his father’s shooting, and immediately heads to the hospital. Later on, it turned out that Don had not been killed, which angered Sollozo. While in the hospital, Don is taken care of by his son Michael, who watches over him the whole time. Sollozo sets out to have don killed again, but his plans are ruined by the members of Don`s mafia. After leaving the hospital, Michael`s brother Sonny tells him that he has to kill Sollozo. Michael agrees and arranged to meet up with Sollozo at a restaurant, to deal with ``negotiations``. While at the restaurant, Michael kills Sollozo and his Cop by shooting them in the head. After the murder of Sollozo, Don returns home to his family, while Michael heads out to Sicily, Italy to hide from the drama. In Sicily, Michael meets a girl and insists on marrying her. They immediately wed and plan on heading back to America. As soon as Michael was ready to leave, he receives terrible news about Sonny`s death, and is warned to leave with his wife so he is far away from danger. While Michael was leaving Sicily, he finds out that his new wife has died in a car explosion. He leaves and returns home as soon as her death had occurred. Back in America, Don holds a meeting with all of the other powerful men of families in New York, and he makes immense with each member. As soon as the meeting is over, Michael comes back and meets up with his old girlfriend, and tells her about the future plans...