The Fortunate Pilgrim

The Fortunate Pilgrim Lucia Santa came to New York from the mountain farms of Italy because she knew there had to be a better life But what she finds in the streets of Hell s Kitchen is a life to break a strong woman s hea

  • Title: The Fortunate Pilgrim
  • Author: Mario Puzo
  • ISBN: 9780783882376
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Lucia Santa came to New York from the mountain farms of Italy because she knew there had to be a better life But what she finds in the streets of Hell s Kitchen is a life to break a strong woman s heart Two tragic marriages, six children to support by herself, a fiery hearted daughter who insists on living and loving as an American, an oldest son who gets involved with tLucia Santa came to New York from the mountain farms of Italy because she knew there had to be a better life But what she finds in the streets of Hell s Kitchen is a life to break a strong woman s heart Two tragic marriages, six children to support by herself, a fiery hearted daughter who insists on living and loving as an American, an oldest son who gets involved with the mafia And through it all, Lucia Santa wife, widow, mother, grandmother endures as a woman of incomparable dignity, courage, and passion Filled with laughter and tears, fury and forgiveness, The Fortunate Pilgrim is a spellbinding portrait of a family determined to survive in America It is a novel that only Mario Puzo could have written.

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    About “Mario Puzo

    • Mario Puzo

      Puzo was born in a poor family of Neapolitan immigrants living in the Hell s Kitchen neighborhood of New York Many of his books draw heavily on this heritage After graduating from the City College of New York, he joined the United States Army Air Forces in World War II Due to his poor eyesight, the military did not let him undertake combat duties but made him a public relations officer stationed in Germany In 1950, his first short story, The Last Christmas, was published in American Vanguard After the war, he wrote his first book, The Dark Arena, which was published in 1955.At periods in the 1950s and early 1960s, Puzo worked as a writer editor for publisher Martin Goodman s Magazine Management Company Puzo, along with other writers like Bruce Jay Friedman, worked for the company line of men s magazines, pulp titles like Male, True Action, and Swank Under the pseudonym Mario Cleri, Puzo wrote World War II adventure features for True Action.Puzo s most famous work, The Godfather, was first published in 1969 after he had heard anecdotes about Mafia organizations during his time in pulp journalism He later said in an interview with Larry King that his principal motivation was to make money He had already, after all, written two books that had received great reviews, yet had not amounted to much As a government clerk with five children, he was looking to write something that would appeal to the masses With a number one bestseller for months on the New York Times Best Seller List, Mario Puzo had found his target audience The book was later developed into the film The Godfather, directed by Francis Ford Coppola The movie received 11 Academy Award nominations, winning three, including an Oscar for Puzo for Best Adapted Screenplay Coppola and Puzo collaborated then to work on sequels to the original film, The Godfather Part II and The Godfather Part III.Puzo wrote the first draft of the script for the 1974 disaster film Earthquake, which he was unable to continue working on due to his commitment to The Godfather Part II Puzo also co wrote Richard Donner s Superman and the original draft for Superman II He also collaborated on the stories for the 1982 film A Time to Die and the 1984 Francis Ford Coppola film The Cotton Club.Puzo never saw the publication of his penultimate book, Omert , but the manuscript was finished before his death, as was the manuscript for The Family However, in a review originally published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Jules Siegel, who had worked closely with Puzo at Magazine Management Company, speculated that Omert may have been completed by some talentless hack Siegel also acknowledges the temptation to rationalize avoiding what is probably the correct analysis that Puzo wrote it and it is terrible Puzo died of heart failure on July 2, 1999 at his home in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York His family now lives in East Islip, New York.



    414 thoughts on “The Fortunate Pilgrim

    • I would recommend this book to those of you who-want to try Mario Puzo, but don't know which of his books to start with.-are interested in Italian immigrant life during the Depression.-like books about complicated family relationships.In the introduction to the book we are told that it is this book that the author himself thought was his best. It is about his mother. He wrote The Godfather later. That one he wrote to be “a bestseller”; he had to support his family. The book follows one Itali [...]


    • What's more beautiful than a book that is so personal, so wistful, so poetic, where Puzo is most vulnerable showing this gentle side of himself, where he actually dared to imbibe hope in such an unabashed fashion. All that he was, all that he wanted to be, all his nights, all of his days, all of his endings, his yesterdays and tomorrows, his Art, all his experiences and relations he dolloped them into this book. Not his personal favorite (That's a spot designated for Fools Die, makes me irreleva [...]


    • There are a few things about this book that will stick with me for a long time, and one of them is the fact that when I checked it out of the library a page was still folded down. Someone started but did not finish this book? Unthinkable! This book is damned near perfect: hilarious, tragic, soaked in olive oil and mischief. The idea that you would meet the Angeluzzi-Corbo family and then walk away from them before the story's end is something I cannot fully grasp. Maybe that previous library pat [...]


    • This story blows 'The Godfather' out of the water; in fact, the matriarch/protagonist Lucia Santa was the basis for the Don, himself, and she rules her family with an iron fist. I absolutely loved how Mario Puzo seamlessly paints Great Depression Manhattan; you are also trying to cool off on Tenth Avenue with the rest of the residents of the West Side's Italian tenements on a hot July evening -- coincidentally, the same streets where I now work today. It's a quintessential American tale of comin [...]


    • "There is a price to be paid,yet one dreams that happiness can come without the terrible payments."I have to give The Fortunate Pilgrim a clear four stars because, not only is Mario Puzo awesome (may he rest in peace), but the whole way through this novel I felt like I could completely understand the Angelucci-Corbo's and their whole familia. I mean maybe not completely-one hundred percent, but very close. I grew up in an European household and the similarities are surreal; down-right scary if y [...]


    • An interesting book about an Italian family, in a tough neighbourhood in New York, in the 20's.Mama Lucia is the mother of 3 sons and a daughter, in hard times. She is raising her kids on the traditional Italian way. While the boys are wilder and are up to mischief, daughter Octavia helps Lucia with the householding and helps her brothers to get them on track. This story shows a decade of this family, where the children grow up. So it's a coming of age as well. While making progress with this bo [...]


    • This is the second book written by Mario Puzo. Puzo was working to be a literary writer at the time. He said he was disappointed that he still had to work full time after his first book and then, after this book, had to work two jobs. Somehow The Fortunate Pilgrim managed to leave him in worse financial straits than he was in before its publication. In the book there are sequences in which an older brother of the narrator is hired by a local gangster to collect "dues" from local merchants. His [...]


    • The Godfather would not have been born if it were not for The Fortunate Pilgrim. The book is so well written and poetic at times. All the characters are so well developed for a seemingly short book. That is how great Puzo’s writing is to me. There is so much substanance and depth in his story you would think the book was over five hundred pages.It is easy to see when you begin to read this masterpiece about the story of Lucia Santa, why some has called the book the “real Godfather” story. [...]


    • Realistic touching family drama.I loved The Godfather and this book is a favorite as well. This is a story of an Italian family living in poverty and how they struggled through. It's not just about family members prevailing through tragedy, but it's also each member finding a role in life. It's an inspiring tale of a family in the Depression era and of family stife and love, sacrifice and pain. Looking at the family's struggle from today's wealth it is hard to comprehend a family never knowing w [...]


    • This book gives an inside look at an Italian family struggling in Hell's Kitchen (NYC) in the two decades before World War II. Some have said it is the prequel to the Godfather books, although not directly. Mario Puzo took great care in every sentence he wrote and his work reflects those efforts. This wonderful story was a great read and I highly recommend it.


    • „Щастливият странник“ е книга, която мигновено те пренася в 30-те години на миналия век, по време на Депресията и малко преди началото на Втората световна война и къде другаде ако не в Ню Йорк. Книгата е определяна от самия Пузо като най-добрия му роман и въпреки че за мен тов [...]


    • I selected this book for the course I am teaching about the experiences of immigrants in America. In this case, the immigrants came from southern Italy to New York City. The author is best know for the Godfather series; however, Puzo considers this his favorite book. Puzo writes that this is a portrait of his family life, and the matriarch is based on his mother.I have to say the book is very readable, but few of the characters were likeable, including Lucia Santa, the matriarch. She tried to ke [...]


    • I'm not sure why this Puzo 'heartfelt' work sold so poorly and the Godfather became all the rage, but I just couldn't muscle up any connection with this awful, pitiful, spider-like family - there's nearly nothing admirable about them. For all that Lucia Santa is constantly correcting and smacking and calling her children 'animales', that's exactly how they live - for survival, and nearly nothing more. Every dark and venial sin is explained away with the magic wand of poverty, every time that one [...]


    • A gorgeous, vivid depiction of daily life of one Italian family in pre-war New York. In The Fortunate Pilgrim, Puzo shares the joys and travails of Lucia Santa as an immigrant to America. In some ways, the book is little more than a familial narrative with only the timeline of life serving as its plot. And yet, the way Puzo lays bare the shortcomings of this family, tempers their triumphs, describes inter-family relationships, all while recreating the New York of long ago, you will not miss the [...]


    • The first assigned reading that I really sped through and wanted to read. I seriously couldn't wait until I could read the next section. Full of suspense and the ending is perfect. You are left punched in the gut, but also satisfied. It's weird, but that's why I love this book, because I didn't know what to expect. An Italian family is assimilating to the United States (well, most of them). Lucia Santa, the protagonist and mother, stays true to her Italian ways. All she wants is the American Dre [...]


    • It has been years since I read The Godfather, the book that made Mario Puzo famous. But this novel was considered by him to be his finest work. If you enjoyed The Godfather, you should check out this book about the struggles of an Italian immigrant family who lived in The West side of New York, or Hell's Kitchen. The heroine, Lucia Santa, is said to have been inspired by Puzo's own mother. He has such a gift of so vividly describing characters and place, that the reader is transported there, and [...]


    • This work of fiction moved me so much that I couldn't believe that Puzo was capable of such versatility. The impressive story about the struggling mother and her indigent family members, each with their own magnificent stories about challenging family ties, never ceased to teach me about how endurance with loved ones at several life crises strengthens your inner self. Each character being so very detailed and intricate, turned out extremely satisfying and lovable to such extent that picking one [...]


    • I read this book for a class, but really enjoyed it. It's by the author of The Godfather, Mario Puzo, but this was the book that he wrote before his more well-known work. Puzo, as well as critics, generally cite this work as his best work, although it never achieved the same popularity.This book traces the life of a first-generation Italian immigrant mother and her American-born children in New York City. It is interesting, though-provoking, engaging and you really feel like you are a part of th [...]


    • This book really describes both the quintessential immigrant experience, and a view of America from the Depression through WWII. Like as a peasant Italian immigrant was hard, and expectations were low, coming from a country where the poor were actively discriminated against by their own government, so peasants learned to be self-reliant. The gap between the first generation, and their children who grew up American was large and growing. Of course, this could describe a many immigrant families ex [...]


    • This story really grew on me. A co-worker lent me this and I wasn't sure how much I was going to like it, but I really respected how he portrayed his family and the New York Italian immigrant experience. There was a lot of grit and fatalism, but there was also love and determination. He definitely told the whole story and didn't sugarcoat the facts. He still respected his family, especially his mother and his oldest sister. This is also a very quick read as well.


    • Mario Puzo is the master of the strangely enthralling read. His prose is straight-forward and clear, but full of emotion--an offshoot of his Italian heritage? This has the same beautiful writing of the Godfather, but with a stronger family focus, and with Lucia Santa as an effective Godfather stand-in. Great glimpse of Italian-Americans in the early 20th century.


    • I'm a fan of Puzo so this didn't disappoint. I still think The Godfather is the better book. This one tells a truer tale of an Italian immigrant family. You can see why this one is Puzo's favorite and the one he's most proud of. Does a great job of capturing the particular time and place. Not that I was in NYC pre WWII, but it seemed that there were details were specific to that period.


    • Very different from others Puzo's books I had read. But I liked it very much. It was nice to read about italians in USA and the lifestyle of 50's and 60's. I recommend this for all who are interested past lifestyle and italians.


    • Wow! What an amazing telling of Italian immigration during the depression. I felt like I was there. Puzo was a master of descriptive story telling! 4.5 stars


    • It feels good to go back in time and read a classic. I read The Godfather by Mario Puzo many years ago and indeed it is a classic. The Fortunate Pilgrim, written before The Godfather and published in 1965 is no less so. But unlike The Godfather, The Last Don and many of Puzo’s legendary novels centred around men, this book is about an uneducated, peasant woman, Lucia Santa, plonked into New York’s Hell’s Kitchen from Italy. It is said that Lucia Santa is Puzo’s mother and what a woman sh [...]


    • It's Not Easy Being Green.No I'm not referring to a certain song sung by a Muppet frog, I mean green as in novice or inexperienced, not refined. This being Mario Puzo's 2nd novel this should not be a surprise. Even the Best Authors have their early struggles before they write their first success, and Puzo has proven to have been one of the best authors of his time with my readings of the Godfather, The Sicilian, Fools Die, and Six Graves to Munich. Puzo stated that he was surprised he did not ga [...]


    • Man this book sucked for first 200 pagese comparatively interesting part started after that. All that everybody did was Whine!Whine! and whine! about how their lives were miserable. It felt like the events were stuck in a loop and everytime something miserable was bound to happen. The only reason I kept reading it for, for it was Puzo's. The writing style was beautiful with poetic patterns and depth in emotions, the same reason for why I loved the last 50 pages. I could feel their anger, hatred, [...]


    • Like pretty much the rest of the world, I have seen the Godfather movies multiple times, but this is the first book written by Mario Puzo that I've read. It was beautifully written, and clearly material close to Mr. Puzo's heart. This book is an homage to Mr. Puzo's mother and I believe, based on their lives in Hell's Kitchen as Italian immigrants (the children were born here; the mother was the immigrant). It follows their story for a span of about 40 years.Mario Puzo's talent for descriptive w [...]


    • So this was my first foray into Mario Puzo's work, and what can I say about it?eh it wasn't bad for sure, but like another reviewer had said before this book takes awhile to pull you in and just as it does it ends. I feel like if the book was maybe another 50- 100 pages longer there would be a better conclusion. But that doesn't mean it was an interesting look into a slice of life in the early part of the twentieth century for this Italian family. In the end I'm glad I read it, I feel like I'll [...]


    • As far as the descriptions of early 20th century NYC go as well as the history, this is a fine work. The story had its moments, especially the ending, but I struggled to stay connected throughout. If I could nitpick, this is a rare book where I'd say it probably should've been twice as long as it is to do justice to the scale of the story as well as the number of characters. It was difficult to keep up with who was family, who was friend of the family, and at times - who's who. More time and dev [...]


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