Puzo’s more than 400-page epic chronicles the ruthlessness and brutality of the bandits he portrays, as well as their devotion to family and sense of honor. Critic Maria Laurino wrote in the Wall Street Journal: “What a genius for Puzo to make them family men. And Puzo turned the mafia into a metaphor for America – greed, violence, sham and betrayal. Novel, published in 1969, became a bestseller; The paperback deal alone netted Puzo $410,000. But Robert Evans, the young, energetic, handsome head of production tasked with turning Paramount’s fortunes around, bought the screen rights for just $12,500, with another $50,000 if the film was made. presently.
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