|Title||:||Omerta (BEST SELLER ZETA BOLSILLO)|
|Publisher||:||B de Bolsillo Ediciones B Auflage 00001 1 Februar 2008|
|Number of Pages||:||252 Seiten|
|File Size||:||990 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Omerta (BEST SELLER ZETA BOLSILLO) Reviews
It seems to be completely obsolete writing a critic about a writer like Mario Puzo. World famous because of the movie with his masterpiece Godfather, Puzo is known for the blueprint of Mafia stories in general. Mostly all other works from him are honored less because of the widespread glory of the Godfather. The cooperation with director Francis Ford Coppola seemed to be one of the most efficient and in terms of money and prices countable ever.The 1920 in New York born Puzo, who grew up in Little Italy, Manhattan, within poor circumstances and discriminating environment, knew a lot of the milieu of Sicilian descendants and American socialized. Despite of this knowledge Mario Puzo cannot be reduced on the topics of Mafia because he has written about other topics like black market activities in post war Germany, where he was eye witness as an American soldier, the Italian Borgia Family or the opportunities Americas if the chance of a forth Kennedy would have been given.Nevertheless Omertà is the last piece Puzo had written before his death in 1999. At least he returned to the dominating subject of his life, the social physiognomy of Mafia protagonists, the social order of the clans, the relations between the clans, the philosophy of moral and ethics and the leading principles of the most successful. Maybe the story of Omertà seems to be a little bit clinching to the producing clichés of thrilling action, between the never ending subjects of drug dealing, prostitution and illegal weapon trade up to the atomic bomb, but the designed drama of action and the characters are worth to turn pages in high speed. And no doubt, especially the characters described in Omertà are worth to be studied in detail. The Sicilian orphan Astorre who is adopted by one of the last classical New York Mafia bosses, the banking man Pryor, who is hiding perfectly his Sicilian identity, the real children of the last Don Raymonde Aprile, who are more American than Sicilian and the energetic and frivolous counterpart Rose, who is a native American but performing like a Mafioso. Even if sometimes exhilarating and the bad guy disposure of FBI and NYPD characters a little bit in concerns of corruption and brutality overdriven, the setup is as great as ever in Puzos books.From the start to the end the book is worth reading. “Omertà, a Sicilian code of honor which forbids informing about crimes thought to be the affairs of the persons involved” also forbids telling more details. What remains is a convinced and strong recommendation!
Instead of living up to the great standard set by The Godfather and The Last Don, Puzo's last novel belongs closer on his resume to wacky, unfeasibly over-the-top stories like The Fourth K. For starters, Omerta is WAAAAAY too short. Most details and background are glossed over or even completely skipped. This book might as well be titled "Omita." When I finished, I peeked inside my copy of The Godfather and was amazed at how much more type I saw, how small it was and how cramped together it was, not to mention the 100 or so more pages. Secondly, Omerta is very contradictory in its portrayal of the modern Mafia. At first we are to believe it is in shambles, yet the the two surving families seemingly have an endless arsenal of money and soldiers. It's a far too romantic view of organized crime in the 1990s, not only in America but in Italy as well. Plus, everything in the story fit together too neatly and conflicts were too easily solved by Astorre. I don't know if a movie or miniseries is planned for Omerta, but if they can't make it better than the book, I hope they don't even bother.
Omertà non esiste più... Eh, Italian Mafia is no longer what it used to be, let an Italian tell you that. No more secrets, no more "law of silence", Hispanics taking over with their gratuitous violence: with Sicilians you knew were you stood. Every murder a symbolism, a pictorial work of art: a man with a fish in his mouth would teach the others to shut up. A man without his head would tell others not to lose it in a crisis. And then the famous horse's head, no? And the garroting, the precise stabbing in specific body parts to signify retaliative punishment. Ah, the art of it!Cynical sarcasm aside, now what's left of Cosa Nostra? Even Gambino is in jail. Wait, wait... perhaps, the whole thing went legit -- we don't see it any more. Omertà of another subtler, more subliminal kind -- a shroud of accepted legitimacy has transformed Italo-American organized crime into a corporate empire nobody can attack any longer. This is Puzo's lesson in concluding his trilogy and writing his epitaph: an enticing book that leaves the Colombians in the kindergarten.