Ep-66 The Godfather (1969 novel) ft. Fonda Lee

Special guest & 2018 World Fantasy Award-Winning Author Fonda Lee joins the show to discuss Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, which influenced her novel JADE CITY! Ink to Film’s Thanksgiving Special focuses on the source material for Francis Ford Coppola’s legendary film. Fonda is also the author of a series of Young Adult Novels, EXO, ZEROBOXER, and CROSS FIRE as well as holding black belts in both karate and kung fu.

Topics include: not knowing the film is based off a book, the mixed reaction to the brilliant yet flawed novel, Puzo’s background in pulp men’s magazines, the fantastic nature of his gangsters, the fable-like quality of the story, the fantastic use of subtext, the succession of the Corleone Family, the cold brutality of Michael & Vito, the wish-fulfillment sections, Tom Hagen’s position in the family, the disappointing women who embrace their role in the patriarchal family, Johnny Fontane’s dubious plot-line, Luca Brasi’s memorable yet minor role, and whether or not the Corleone's can ever go straight.

Join them again next week when Fonda returns to discuss the film starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Cann, and more!

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