What is a family? Mario Puzo first answered that question,
unforgettably, in his landmark bestseller "The Godfather;" with the
creation of the Corleones he forever redefined the concept of blood
loyalty. Now, thirty years later, Puzo enriches us all with his
ultimate vision of the subject, in a masterpiece that crowns his
remarkable career: the story of the greatest crime family in
Italian history -- the Borgias.
In "The Family, " this singular novelist transports his readers
back to fifteenth-century Rome and reveals 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 for power, luxury, and
women were matched only by his consuming love of family.
Surrounding him are his extraordinary children: the simple, unloved
Jofre; the irascible, heartless Juan; the beautiful, strong-willed
Lucrezia; and the passionate warrior Cesare, Machiavelli's friend
and inspiration. Their intermingled stories constitute a symphony
of human emotion and behavior, from pride to romance to jealousy to
betrayal and murderous rage. And their time, place, and characters
are recaptured in all their earthy, human grandeur, with the
unerring insight and compassion that were Mario Puzo's great
A labor of love two decades in the making, "The Family" marks
the final triumph of one of the greatest storytellers of our
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