The Fortunate Pilgrim

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Random House Publishing Group, Sep 28, 2004 - Fiction - 304 pages
18 Reviews
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."
 

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User Review  - LauGal - LibraryThing

This is Puzo's first book.This is a family story of immigrants and generational struggle and growth.This story will touch your heart and break your heart.A must read for any descendent of Italian or Sicilian immigrants.This story could only have been written by Mario Puzo. Read full review

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User Review  - Carl_Alves - LibraryThing

The Fortunate Pilgrim is an immigrant story featuring Lucia Santa. Her family has moved from Italy and finds themselves in Hell’s Kitchen, New York. In a somewhat autobiographical story (Lucia Santa ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
22
Section 3
47
Section 4
62
Section 5
73
Section 6
88
Section 7
105
Section 8
123
Section 17
217
Section 18
221
Section 19
231
Section 20
235
Section 21
240
Section 22
246
Section 23
259
Section 24
262

Section 9
133
Section 10
155
Section 11
162
Section 12
172
Section 13
179
Section 14
185
Section 15
197
Section 16
206
Section 25
268
Section 26
270
Section 27
277
Section 28
279
Section 29
281
Section 30
285
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About the author (2004)

The son of Italian immigrants who moved to the Hell’s Kitchen area of New York City, Mario Puzo was born on October 15, 1920. After World War II, during which he served as a U.S. Army corporal, he attended City College of New York on the G.I. Bill and worked as a freelance writer. During this period he wrote his first two novels, The Dark Arena and The Fortunate Pilgrim.When his books made little money despite being critically acclaimed, he vowed to write a bestseller. The Godfather was an enormous success. He collaborated with director Francis Ford Coppola on the screenplays for all three Godfather movies and won Academy Awards for both The Godfather and The Godfather, Part II. He also collaborated on the scripts for such films as Superman, Superman II, and The Cotton Club. He continued to write phenomenally successful novels, including Fools Die, The Sicilian, The Fourth K, and The Last Don. Mario Puzo died on July 2, 1999. His final novel, Omerta, was published in 2000.

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