In The Family, this singular novelist transports his readers back to 15th century Rome, and reveals to us the extravagance and intrigue of the Vatican as surely as he once revealed the secrets of the Mafia. At the story's center is Rodrigo Borgia, Pope Alexander VI, a man whose lustful appetites were matched only by his consuming love of family. Surrounding him are his extraordinary children: simple, unloved Jofre; irascible, heartless Juan; beautiful, strong-willed Lucrezia; and passionate warrior Cesare, Machiavelli's friend and inspiration. Their stories constitute a symphony of human emotion and behavior, from pride to romance to jealousy to betrayal and murderous rage.
A labor of love two decades in the making, The Family marks the final triumph of one of the greatest storytellers of our time.
©2001 Estate of Mario Puzo and Carol Gino; (P)2001, 2003 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"The saga is lush, full of detail, with characters who manage to be larger than life while seeming entirely realistic....The plot is appropriately epic in scope, mixing fact and fiction seamlessly." (Booklist)
Puzo does a wonderful job describing the culture, the time, and the thoughts that governed the Church and Europe in those times. A great read if you are interested in this period of history [15th century]. Defintely a thin line between the mafia and the Pope.
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This book provides a detailed look at the Pope and his family during the 15th century. The detail and complexity of the story leaves the reader continually wanting more. Puzo definitely made a successful connection between the power of the Pope and the Mafia. The narrator only added to the experience and intrigue. I doubt I would have liked the book as much if I read it myself. The narrator made me feel like I was watching dramatic Broadway play.
Father (the pope) instructs his son and daughter to have sex, while he supervises. This was the most difficult part to endure. Machiavelli makes an appearance as a character. Indeed, the entire book is a treatise on how his ideas may properly be put to use.
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