Mario Puzo describes the Borgias as the original mafia family. . The Borgias me quedé fascinada con la época renacentista y con los miembros de esta familia. The Family is a novel written by Mario Puzo. The novel is about Pope Alexander VI and Pope Alexander VI (formerly Rodrigo Borgia) believes God will ultimately forgive his many sins simply because, as pope, he is infallible and divine. The Godfather Papers and Other Confessions (); Inside Las Vegas (). Los Borgia by Mario Puzo, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Set borgix Rome in the last years of the 15th century, Puzo’s final book completed by Gino, his companion for many years is an absorbing, highly entertaining, fictional account of the rise and rule — and eventual fall — of that notorious first family of dysfunction during the Renaissance, the Borgias.

Fast-paced and well researched, The Family — in its effort to make such scandalous characters as the Borgias more human — may well be the most ambitious novel of Puzo’s career.

Cardinal Roderigo Borgia is charismatic and handsome, a born leader and a perfidious man of the cloth who maeio to the papacy as Pope Alexander VI inwhen Italian city-states are competing for land and the Vatican is competing for souls. He is also the loving father of four children, two of whom become pawns in mariio father’s implacable drive for power.

Cesare, Roderigo’s oldest son, grows from an insecure cardinal to a fierce military leader; and Lucrezia, Roderigo’s beautiful, seductive daughter — and her father’s favorite not to mention her brother’s nario bedmate — becomes the marriage link that unites nations and divides hearts.

Throughout Roderigo’s wheeling and dealing, the Renaissance is in full swing as religion competes against humanism and the Church seeks autonomous control of what will one day become a united Italy. Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Leonardo da Vinci whose military inventions help Cesare kick some serious borrgiaand Ferdinand and Isabella all make guest appearances, though at times they seem more like window dressing than actual characters.

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While this blood-is-thicker-than-water tale is more summative than explorative you don’t really get into the heads of the Borgias as well as you do the CorleonesPuzo still knows how to tell a good story.

The Family is an energetic novel, filled with enthusiasm and affection for the subject matter and the characters. Puzo’s swan song may not be his finest work, but it is a robust, passionate love letter to a land, a history, and a culture that defined him as a writer and a man.

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To ask other readers questions about The Familyplease sign up. Is this the same as The Family Corleone? Swati No,It is the Borgaria family. A story set in the 15 century about the Pope Alexander IV and his family.

The Family by Mario Puzo

The Borgarias were the Dons of Renaissance time. See 1 question about The Family…. Lists with This Book. Nov 13, Farith marked it as never-in-my-life.

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My uncle gave me this book as a present -an old, used and wrinkled copy. I’ve tried dozens of times to read this but I couldn’t. I just can’t get into it. I felt the writing really antique, and the plot didn’t catch my attention.

Also, every time I tried to read it, I started to sneeze because of the dust of the pages. But della Rovere frowned and said, “Heed my warning, Guido Feltra. He’s full of the devil, this son of the church.


Plus the Cesare Borgia and Don Michelotto in the manga are total hot guys, Lucrezia Borgia is such a darling in this narration. If you are interested in reading about the court intrigues, assassination and warfare in the Italian Renaissance period, The Familythe last novel by Mario Puzo finished by his long time girlfriend after his death would be much to your taste. The Borgia Family has long been duded as ‘the original crime family’ and who else is more suitable to write about them than the master author of Mafia, Mr.

For most of the time I’m satisfied with what Mr. Puzo had to offer: Alright, I was shell shocked by Mr. Puzo’s plot twist about view spoiler [Pope Alexander VI actively encouraging his son and daughter to commit incest for some reason the Pope thought it will strengthen the sense of loyalty and bond within the family! There are a good plenty of shocking events in this novel and I like how Mr. I also like how these members of the infamous Borgia Family act and think like people with their own wits, sense of loyalty, definition of justice and flaws instead of being demonized into a bunch of ‘they are evil!

Among the crew, Pope Alexander VI and his second son Cesare Borgia were the central characters and I have to admit our good old Pope was the most charming one here he is so freaking badass that he is at the same level with Don Corleone!

Puzo’s opinion, Cesare was ‘a patriot who decided to become a hero’ and he did have his many impressive victories during his life time to show for his talents although I don’t think his character manage to standout as much as his father. As to Lucrezia Borgia, the young woman who suffered the most from her family’s bad reputation and scandals, I do like how her personality is formed and how she learnt her life-lessons through the story’s progress.

This novel certainly motivates me to learn more about the history of the intriguing Borgia Family, will look more into it later. This book was on its way to being a 4 or even 5 star book for me when I first began and while I still enjoyed The Family overall, by the end, I could not shake a distinct sense of dissatisfaction.

In the beginning, the book fulfilled all it promised the reader it would be. It was lush with grandeur and decadence. The characters were intricate and detailed, with the specific sort of nuances only Mario Puzo could provide, the nuances that made a reader invest in a character, love them, in spite of This book was on its way to being a 4 or even 5 star book for me when I first began and while I still enjoyed The Family overall, by the end, I could not shake a distinct sense of dissatisfaction.

The characters were intricate and detailed, with the specific sort of nuances only Mario Puzo could provide, the nuances that made a reader invest in a character, love them, in spite of all their garish sins, something quite necessary when relating a tale about the infamous Borgia family. However, as strong as it started, it just as quickly devolved.

Puzo passed away before he could complete his work and The Family was completed by Carol Gino. While I’m loathe to blame the dual authorship for the books inconsistenticies, for Gino deserves a thank you for completing the work so that we could experience Puzo’s final vision, Borgiia honestly feel that the dual voices were in the end the problem.

While I don’t know for certain where Puzo left off pyzo his passing, around the midway point, the story began to dissolve into one exaggerated scheme after another.

Pivotal characters suddenly disappeared for long periods of time, while secondary characters suddenly became puzzo masterminds behind the entire plot. It’s as if, in the face of uncertainty regarding the final destination of the story, it was decided that pyzo was best to do more rather than less, exploit every possibly sin and crime laid against this family historically, even if it didn’t make complete sense with where the story started.


All nuance and character depth was sacrificed in the name of shock value and by the end of the book, there wasn’t time left in the characters life historically, to do their story justice. A disappointing end to a beginning with so much spectacular potential.

Oct 24, Morana Mazor rated it it was amazing. Radnja prati period “vladavine” Rodriga Borgije tj. A vrijeme je to i velikih povijesnih osoba poput Machiavellia, Leonarda da Vincija, Michelangela i sr. View all 5 comments. Aug 21, Val rated it really liked it. This book makes you want to know everything about the Borgias. It is really well narrated, and the story becomes so intriguing that it is impossible to stop reading.

Just as The Godfather, the head of the family Rodrigo Borgia, borgiw Pope Alexandre VI is an ambicious and powerful man, who doesnt have any doubts to get rid of anybody who dares to stand on his way. But, after all, he is a family man. He loves his children, specially Lucretia and Giovanni, who seems to be his weak point.

Anyway i This book makes you want to know everything about the Borgias. Anyway it doesnt stop him from arranging Lucretia’s marriages to whom he considered the best alliances to make, and forcing her to obbey him.

Cesar Borgia, in my oppinion, is one of those characters you will hardly forget. He loves and hates with the same intensity. He is an innate warrior and fights for the chance to chose his own destiny over his father’s plans for him. The story is based in true facts with a fictional surrounding, and it reveals a great deal of corruption in the Vatican of the Renassaince. It can be a story of betrayal, violence, corruption and crime, but above all, it is a story of love. Love in every gruesome and twisted way, but love after all.

What do I think about this book? I fell in love with it for the very first time I read it, back when I was I cried, I sighed, I got mad, I gasped I know this family was all about crime and lies, but by the way Puzo tells their story you cannot but love them.

He is not good nor bad. Yes, he kills people and enjoys it, but he also suffers because of his father and he also knows the meaning of love.

He is brave, yet he is weak. He made incest into a love story. He made Cesar Borgia into a hero a troubled one He used syphilis, rape and murder in such a magnificent way that I did not feel disgusted by any of this.

These are my three favorite characters. Rodrigo Borgia- Alejandro VI. This character is manipulative and cruel yet he seems to have a fond heart when it comes to his little daughter. He has done things no father would and he is aware he is going to hell well, if he is not, then he is fooling himself because he is, in fact, going to hell Cesar Borgia. She is intelligent, loving, caring, yada yada. She is a real martyr in this book; she has done everything his father had demanded her to do and she is way different from the rest of her family, but still she loves them and worries about them.

A lot of drama, but not the kind of drama that gets you sick, but the kind of drama that keeps you reading until you reach the last page, then you say Wow and think about Cesar and cry a thousand times because he… perishes. Feb 05, Justine rated it liked it Shelves: