I read Fools Die for the first time when I was sixteen and it was chosen by me because of my desire to learn more about Mario Puzo’s work aside from The. Praise. “Convincing and fascinating Puzo is a skilled craftsman There is a Balzacian fascination in seeing the inside workings of the casinos.”—Wall Street . Puzo obviously wants to say Big Things about survival (fools die), art vs. money, love vs. sex, and (most successfully, as in Godfather) betrayal.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Fools Die by Mario Puzo. Fools Die by Mario Puzo. Played out in the underground worlds of high-stakes gambling, publishing, and the film industry, this epic thriller follows two brothers, Merlyn and Arite, as they delve into the dangerous underbelly of American life.
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This has been out since 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. What makes Fools Die stand out among all the contemporary work, and what I truly like about this Reading annually sinceI have yet to read a more original work which is this innovative. 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! 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.
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Basically, all the things that are foole in storytelling. Puzo just skirted around that, like that. I loved how we are supposed to guess the timeline too.
The book is set vie WWII sure, early part is the s definitely. Somewhere around midway it’s the 60s because JFK is mentioned, then torward its end its 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. Give it a try Now. You won’t find Merlyn anywhere else. Even if you have Eva Green beside you.
This is not View all 13 comments. View all 4 comments. Jan 25, Karl Marberger rated it it was amazing Shelves: This was a very interesting and entertaining read! A mid-life crises thrusts the narrator into a world of vice and sin, where he spends many years skirting the edge of and gazing into the abyss that is this world. He watches his new friends and acquaintances fall victim to this world, and in the end finds a new appreciation for ;uzo and the importance of contentment. Foolx book is by no means a suspense thriller, but rather, This was a very interesting and entertaining read!
This book is by no means a suspense thriller, but rather, an exploration into how those in pursuit of fame, fortune, and lucrative lifestyles cope with the challenges that this entails and how often these people end up bringing about their own demise. Lust, greed, gluttony, sloth, wrath, envy and pride all play a part in America’s Golden Triangle of Corruption.
Puzo draws out this world superbly with exquisite imagery, compelling narrative and near genius poetry. If you enjoyed The Godfather, I would say, absolutely, give this book a chance.
I will acknowledge that this is a book that most people will either ;uzo or hate. Me, I was completely sucked into the world that Puzo had drawn and was blown away. Jan 14, Brian Fagan rated it it was amazing.
This is a big, sloppy, at times poorly edited book. But, it was also ambitious, energetic, poetic and at times genius. Puzo swung for the fences with this book and ‘tho the heavens may fall’ he did whatever he wanted to. The storyline is almost nonexistent.
Instead you follow Merlyn, the protagonist, as he lives his life as a sometimes gambler, government clerk, husband and father, successful writer, Hollywood hack, and loyal friend to some old Vegas puzp. I love these kinds of books. Books w This is a big, sloppy, at times poorly edited book. Books with ideas so big that pjzo was never any chance they would fit inside the book jacket. Mailer had a few books like that incidently check out Puzo’s character Osano. There’s something wonderfully arrogant about saying to the reader that the story isn’t nearly as important as my preaching!
This is the only time I can think of possibly Fortunate Pilgrim fits this as well, possiblywhere Puzo got up on a pulpit and preached. The whole book is nothing but his philosophy. I loved reading this. This has to be the most personal thing Puzo ever wrote. It’s a shame he didn’t write more books like this, but what a document he left for us.
I’m having a hard time deciding how to rate this book. I truly enjoyed the first half of it, I was hooked from the very first Chapter and once again blown away by Puzo’s masterful writing. Some scenes felt like they were coming right out of a movie the gambling ones in particular and I quickly became attached to the characters, with their believable background stories, their flaws and their motivations. But then, this all turned into a big mess and a big waste when it became apparent the book I’m having a hard time deciding how to rate this book.
But then, this all turned into a big mess and a big waste when it became apparent the book didn’t have any storyline. Instead, we got introduced to uninteresting characters and ,ario backstoriestedious affairs, poorly written sex scenes, painfully repetitive dialogues and drama. The book had lost focus ,ario it kept dragging on and on.
Yet, I kept listening, hoping for some kind of twist or something that would tie everything together When I finally reached the end of the book, I was left with disappointment. I can’t recommend Fools Die tho, unless you’re a hardcore fan.
I’ve read that it’s the author’s favorite and it’s true that the book sounds very personal at times with its reflections on death, love, and writing, but maybe it’s also why it also felt so self-indulgent and too long. View all dei comments. Dec 28, Brian Gordon rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is Puzo’s finest hour This book is about real people and fate nario magic. The story goes in several directions but manages to come back home in a solid fashion.
Everyone should give it a read, I’ve read it several times.
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