Reviews of Sicilian, the (1984)
Review by grendel (2006-01-30)
As you may have read Micheal Corleone of the Godfather novel plays a role in this novel but make no mistake, this novel belongs to Salvatore Guiliano, The Sicilian. The book plays out like a Robin Hood type story but it really isn't. This is the real deal kind of story where Robin does not go without losing men, get the girl, live a long and happy life. This is about betrayal, deciet, and honor among men.
Forced into exile form hsi home Salvatore must hide out in the mountains from corrupt policemen. In doing so his legend grows as a great folk hero who defies the corruption of the local officials and the local Don as well. The Don being no stranger to Salvatore and his incredible mind gives him the chance to come out of hiding and become his right hand man but Salvatore will have nothing to do with corruption. Micheal Corleone, who is in hinding in Sicily as well, is sent a message from his father to bring Salvatore home with him. It seems that all know the intelligence and virtue of Gulliano but none can have him.
Unfortunatly this great novel was given the Hollywood treatment, and was completely ruined. Don't see that film. Read this novel.
If you liked this novel I suggest reading Sacred Heart by Marcel Montecino.