The Fortunate Pilgrim

The Fortunate Pilgrim

A Novel

Paperback - 2004
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FROM BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE GODFATHER - "A classic... The novel is lifted into literature by its highly charged language, its penetrating insights, and its mixture of tenderness and rage." - New York Times Book Review

Described by the author as his "best and most literary book." Puzo's classic story about the loves, crimes and struggles confronted by one family of New York City immigrants living in Hell's Kitchen. Fresh from the farms in Italy, Lucia Santa struggles to hold her family together in a strange land. At turns poignant, comic and violent, The Fortunate Pilgrim is Italian-American fiction at its very best.

The book's hero, Lucia Santa, is an incredibly captivating character and based on Puzo's very own mother - he describes, "her wisdom, her ruthlessness, and her unconquerable love for her family and for life itself, qualities not valued in women at the time."
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2004.
Edition: 2nd Ballantine Books ed.
ISBN: 9780345476722
Characteristics: 276 p. ; 18 cm.


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Oct 03, 2017

A melancholic look at an immigrant Italian family in 1920's New York. The novel has a slow narrative and medium characterization. The novel chronicles one mother's tribulations in adjusting to a new life in American with her American born children. Okay to read if you are interested in the story or the author.

Oct 01, 2013

Puzo wrote this book with a hemorrhage of prose. Every sentence is overly descriptive, every character action is described with fifty words where three would suffice.
It is a slow, boring read and not at all defining the people it attempts to bring to life.


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