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In this hilarious Mafia farce from Benacquista (Framed), Giovanni Malavita. Tonino Benacquista, trans. from the French by Emily Read. Malavita may refer to: Malavita ( film), an Italian film; Malavita ( film), a French film which was released in the USA under the title The Family; Malavita ( Badfellas for English translation), a novel by French writer Tonino Benacquista. Tonino Benacquista is an award-winning French crime fiction author, comics writer, and screenwriter. He wrote the novel Malavita (Badfellas for English .

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I didn’t hate it, I just expected it to be better from “National Bestseller” and “Soon to be a motion picture. Perhaps it was the fact that the story was translated, or perhaps because I am not French and so do not have the same humor expectations, but I did not think the story was funny at all. Set up malavota giveaway.

Badfellas (Malavita) – Tonino Benacquista

The character of Manzoni is a wonderful creation. The family was in the mob and goes into witness protection.

The longing for something you can’t have fades away, especially if you have your entire family with you. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally.

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Cholong-sur-Avre in Normandy is the setting of this rather unconventional and darkly humorous tale. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. There are a couple of places like this where the storyline falters a bit, creating distractions that really annoyed me at times.

They only changed a few details in the movie, and I benaquista it accompanies the book very well. Fred looks at them. Get to Know Us.

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So Maggie goes down to the local store, and can’t find peanut butter anywhere. First bdnacquista is NOT as much violence. To ask other readers questions about Malavitaplease sign up. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. This was almost a good book. Of course, when the local film club shows Goodfellas — a film Fred detests, for showing the Mafia as it really was since: It had a lot of potential, but it felt a little slow and scattered.


Learn more about Amazon Prime. I cannot benacquistta how wonderful this book is. The twenty million dollar bounty — and that whole matter of restoring honor — naturally means the Blakes are never completely safe.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. Here’s how tonlno begins. On the face of it this sounded exactly like the sort of book that I would enjoy, however the actual execution of the story for me left a lot to be desired and I felt let down.

He stops the car. Fred is actually Mafioso Giovanni Manzoni from New Jersey, and malavkta and his family are in the witness protection program after he testifies against against another crime boss, Mimino. First, I kept waiting for the “crime fiction” part to begin, but it never materialized.

I would, however, recommend reading it if you want to see the movie. Benaquista’s characters are well drawn. The English translator seems tonjno lack a basic understanding of English grammar. All of they have to do is lay low, pretend to be a normal family and get on with their lives.

She sighs, picks up a tennis racket from the back seat, and breaks his nose with it.

The story is light and fun, I only wish it went more in depth with the story. She asks what the hell is going on. I saw the film. I identified myself in their situations many, many times including getting picked on, and the idolized.

He has a wife, Maggie, and they have two kids: This isn’t Godfather-style idealization of the Mafia – the author spends some time talking about that – so what exactly is he doing? At morning recess, the tough gang beat him up and take his lunch money.


Giovanni Manzoni, a high ranking member of the New Jersey Mafia, who has turned state’s evidence against several key Mafia figures to avoid jail, is in witness protection, and along with his family, he moves to a small Normandy village with his new identity. However, As much as I liked this book, I did have a couple of niggling and minor issues with it.

Saw interview with the cast and they all said they had a good time making the movie. I just discovered that this is also available in English translation, under the title Badfellas. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Please try again later. This piece of Benacquista noir succeeds so well due to him getting that balance of black humour and vicious crime so right.

Un autre lecteur a-t-il lu ce livre hilarant? His testimony has been responsible for sending dozens of wise guys to jail, including the capo di tutti caposDon Mimino, so naturally, there is a price on his head.

Of course Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer along with a dead-pan faced Tommy Lee Jones only add dimensions and clarity to the already well written characters.


It is an interesting book with an inside look at mafia and witness protection programme. Belle, the daughter, is one of those people who makes lemonade with the lemons life has handed her, and Warren has handled the witness protection situation benacauista watching, learning and becoming the mini Godfather-figure of his school.

Thankful for the adaptation of this into malzvita movie. There are some very funny moments. The Blakes are newcomers to a small town in Normandy. Jul 28, Chelsea rated it it was ok.