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Book Title: Fools Die|
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The author of the book: Mario Puzo
Date of issue: September 17th 1992
ISBN 13: 9780099418351
Format files: PDF
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Reading annually since 2006, I have yet to read a more original work which is this innovative. This has been out since 1978 and still waiting for another book to move me like Fools Die did. I've never liked a book where I loved the author more than the book I have been reading. I love Fools Die and because of it I love Puzo even more. I understood him with this work. And admired him for it. Still do.
What makes Fools Die stand out among all the contemporary work, and what I truly like about this book, is that unlike its peers, Fools Die is not a defeatist book. Despite the prevalent theme of death, the book is about life and the joy of living.
No book has quite captured the tragedy of being a writer than Fools Die.
A truly underrated book, a classic that you can actually enjoy and laugh aloud with. Read this and tell me that I am wrong.
This remains my favorite book, a book that has touched me like no other, despite sometimes lacking in depth and character growth but that was the part of the theme. How the monsters in us remains unchanged. No matter what, no matter where, no matter when, this book will always amaze me, it will always inspire me.
A perennial love, this book always will be for me.
This is Mario Puzo at his philosophical best. Heck, Tyrion Lannister could have written this book, or Rust Cohle! No No. Not the Taxman, haha. But it contains some very sage advice, in a skewed kind of way.
What I love most about Fools Die, apart from its unusual, unique style of writing complete with split narration alternative point of view chapter the fact that it was one different pov chapter is what makes it special and so close to my heart, is that nothing is spelled out for us. We don't know the protagonist's former name before he legally changed it. We don't know his children's names. We didn't know the title of his first novel. We never got to know Janelle's last name. Basically, all the things that are necessary in storytelling. Puzo just skirted around that, like that. I loved how we are supposed to guess the timeline too. The book is set after WWII sure, early part is the 1950s definitely. Somewhere around midway it's the 60s because JFK is mentioned, then torward its end its 1970 or something because Love Story the movie is there. And that our hero remained the same even when he stopped being one and became a villain. He never stood up for those who were always there in his corner, rooting for him. I love that.
Give it a try
You won't find Merlyn anywhere else.
Even if you have Eva Green beside you. Which you don't. This is not 2014.
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Read information about the authorPuzo was born in a poor family of Neapolitan immigrants living in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York. Many of his books draw heavily on this heritage. After graduating from the City College of New York, he joined the United States Army Air Forces in World War II. Due to his poor eyesight, the military did not let him undertake combat duties but made him a public relations officer stationed in Germany. In 1950, his first short story, The Last Christmas, was published in American Vanguard. After the war, he wrote his first book, The Dark Arena, which was published in 1955.
At periods in the 1950s and early 1960s, Puzo worked as a writer/editor for publisher Martin Goodman's Magazine Management Company. Puzo, along with other writers like Bruce Jay Friedman, worked for the company line of men's magazines, pulp titles like Male, True Action, and Swank. Under the pseudonym Mario Cleri, Puzo wrote World War II adventure features for True Action.
Puzo's most famous work, The Godfather, was first published in 1969 after he had heard anecdotes about Mafia organizations during his time in pulp journalism. He later said in an interview with Larry King that his principal motivation was to make money. He had already, after all, written two books that had received great reviews, yet had not amounted to much. As a government clerk with five children, he was looking to write something that would appeal to the masses. With a number one bestseller for months on the New York Times Best Seller List, Mario Puzo had found his target audience. The book was later developed into the film The Godfather, directed by Francis Ford Coppola. The movie received 11 Academy Award nominations, winning three, including an Oscar for Puzo for Best Adapted Screenplay. Coppola and Puzo collaborated then to work on sequels to the original film, The Godfather Part II and The Godfather Part III.
Puzo wrote the first draft of the script for the 1974 disaster film Earthquake, which he was unable to continue working on due to his commitment to The Godfather Part II. Puzo also co-wrote Richard Donner's Superman and the original draft for Superman II. He also collaborated on the stories for the 1982 film A Time to Die and the 1984 Francis Ford Coppola film The Cotton Club.
Puzo never saw the publication of his penultimate book, Omertà, but the manuscript was finished before his death, as was the manuscript for The Family. However, in a review originally published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Jules Siegel, who had worked closely with Puzo at Magazine Management Company, speculated that Omertà may have been completed by "some talentless hack." Siegel also acknowledges the temptation to "rationalize avoiding what is probably the correct analysis -- that [Puzo] wrote it and it is terrible."
Puzo died of heart failure on July 2, 1999 at his home in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York. His family now lives in East Islip, New York.
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