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Monday, July 09, 2012

Enjoying Puzo's Godfather...

I found myself reading the Godfather again. This is probably the sixth time. 
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Needless to say, this gangster mafia saga is one of my all-time favorite books and sits along-side the evergreen Catch 22 by Heller. I wonder why Mario Puzo, the author, considered it his more commercial (less classy) works. I find it brilliant each time I read it.

Even though the story is essentially about Michael, one finds the all pervading presence and the wisdom of Don Corleone all throughout the narrative. 

Apart from the now iconic, “..make him an offer he can't refuse” quote, there are many other quotes in the book which I am sure we all will like as noteworthy.

Savour some of my selected quotes:

On hate: “Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.”
On greatness: “Great men are not born great, they grow great . . .”
On Family values: “….you're my older brother and I love you. But don't ever take sides against the family.”

And my personal favorite:
“…if I can die saying, "Life is so beautiful," then nothing else is important.”

However, few can beat the depth of Zen-like thought provoking dialogues that Bollywood potboiler sport. Take the latest example to make the point:

"When elders get cozy , young people don't put nosy."

Bollywood still reigns supreme....


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