The Family Corleone is a 2012 novel written by Ed Falco, which is a prequel to Mario Puzo’s The Godfather, both the book and the movies, and I say movies because there are characters in this book which pop up in the likes of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather Part 2 who were not in any of Mario Puzo’s book, like Frank Pentangeli.
This is the fifth and final book in the Godfather franchise, but as it’s a prequel, chronologically, it’s the first.. Mario Puzo’s The Godfather is the original book, written back in the 60s, and then he followed up The Godfather with The Sicilian, which is not completely related to the Corleones and their story but does have characters who cross over. Decades later, Mark Winegardner won a competition to write a Godfather sequel, actioned by the Puzo estate, which he did called The Godfather Returns. That book has a sequel called The Godfather’s Revenge.
Aside from The Sicilian, I’ve read and reviewed all of these books on the channel, so check out my reviews if you’re interested. There’s bits and pieces to love from all of them, Puzo’s The Godfather was an outstanding piece of work, but I wasn’t the biggest fan of Winegardner’s follow ups. I felt they were quite weak overall and the characters just didn’t feel the same from the ones we know and love.
So this brings us here, to The Family Corleone, telling the story of the rise of Vito Corleone.
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CineRanter - A couch potato's insignificant rage on modern film. I review movies, discuss film theories and explanations, and other cinema-related stuff. Sometimes I branch out to other mediums like books and comics.