Book: The Sicilian
Author: Mario Puzo
Reason for Reading: for fun
Review: The literary sequel to Puzo's most famous work 'The Godfather', 'The Sicilian' begins with Michael Corleone tasked with bringing Sicilian outlaw Turi Guiliano and his testament (a handwritten account of treachery and deceit within the Italian government) to America. The book then goes back in time and tells the story of Turi Guiliano-a poor yet beloved young man who becomes both outlaw and legend for the island for his robin hood antics.
More historical than 'The Godfather', Puzo does an excellent job painting the landscape and describing how Turi rose to power and tried to fight both the government and mafia (or 'Friends of the Friends' as they are referred to in Sicily). An engaging read, anyone who is interested in organized crime or heroes in general will enjoy this book.
Book Junkie's Grade: B+