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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Malavita by Tonino Benacquista. Malavita Malavita 1 by Tonino Benacquista. Une famille apparemment comme les autres, en somme. Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , Folio , pages. Published November 1st by Gallimard first published April 29th More Details Original Title.
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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Malavita. Aug 08, Jim Fonseca rated it really liked it Shelves: crime-stories , french-authors. An unusual story: basically an American Mafia family story set in France in a small rural town in Normandy. The book is translated from the French.
The story deteriorates into a Keystone Cops type plot as the main character and the FBI guys go through town killing the would-be assassins. So, a fun read, but what saved the novel for me is the well-developed portrayal of the individual characters of the four members of the family. The main character is unrepentant.
Beautiful, innocent, helpful to everyone. The high-school aged son wants to be just like his father but without he violence.
He had dropped the criminal side of Mafia behavior and had just retained their way of getting things done. Steaming, boiled vegetables, grilled fish, fizzy water. View all 3 comments. Nov 20, Manny rated it really liked it Shelves: french , well-i-think-its-funny. An entertaining story about a former Mob family that relocates to a small town in France. This isn't Godfather-style idealization of the Mafia - the author spends some time talking about that - so what exactly is he doing?
I wasn't completely sure he knew either. But I couldn't put it down, an An entertaining story about a former Mob family that relocates to a small town in France. But I couldn't put it down, and there are some hilarious sequences. Here's how it begins. The family has just arrived in the sleepy little French village. The next day, the kids have to start in school, while Maggie, the mother, goes out to do some shopping. Fred stays at home. So Maggie goes down to the local store, and can't find peanut butter anywhere.
In the end, she gives up and asks. The owner tells her in his inimitable French way that there's not much call for it round here.
Five minutes later, she hears two women in the next aisle chatting about that bloody American bitch looking for peanut butter, merde , who do these people think they are? Maggie, who prides herself on the efforts she's made to learn French language and culture, is hurt.
She slips some cotton-wool and lighter fluid into her bag, and casually torches the store on the way out. Delicious 17 year-old Belle is starting high school. Everyone thinks her name is ridiculous, but also very descriptive. A guy insists on driving her home, but takes a completely different route that ends up at the other side of town.
He stops the car. They get out. She asks what the hell is going on. He looks stupidly at her, and tries out some unsubtle moves.
She sighs, picks up a tennis racket from the back seat, and breaks his nose with it. Then, while he's rolling around in agony on the grass, she tells him sweetly that he'll have to improve his lines, or he'll never get anywhere with girls. She gets back into the car and drives home, leaving him there. The younger kid, Wayne, is also starting school. At morning recess, the tough gang beat him up and take his lunch money. Wayne isn't fazed. He spends the rest of the day discretely chatting to his new classmates and gathering information.
He's on the football team and is keen on her Pretty soon, he has a complete jigsaw. Then it's just a question of setting up a few deals. At the end of the day, the tough gang are ambushed by three suitably incentivized members of the football team, who have to be restrained before they start breaking bones.
Mom, daughter and son arrive home simultaneously. Fred looks at them. He asks mechanically how their day's been. And they answer in chorus, "Fine! They have taken a few liberties with the story, but I am pleased to say that the opening sequence was pretty much exactly as described here. View all 12 comments. Cholong-sur-Avre in Normandy is the setting of this rather unconventional and darkly humorous tale.
The Blake family moves into an old Norman brick-and-stone villa during the middle of the night. There's Fred, the head of the clan, Maggie his wife, and two teenagers, Belle and Warren. Just your typical American family relocating to the French countryside, right? Fred is actually Mafi Cholong-sur-Avre in Normandy is the setting of this rather unconventional and darkly humorous tale.
Fred is actually Mafioso Giovanni Manzoni from New Jersey, and he and his family are in the witness protection program after he testifies against against another crime boss, Mimino. Along with them are a team of FBI men, assigned to them for protection against anyone wanting to claim the huge bounty put on Manzoni's head by Mimino. All of they have to do is lay low, pretend to be a normal family and get on with their lives.
But for someone like Fred, or for the rest of the family for that matter, being normal in any sense of the word is impossible. Benaquista's characters are well drawn. In this particular witness protection incarnation, Fred has decided to tout himself as an author writing about the landing at Normandy, while all the time writing his own memoirs about his life in organized crime.
Fred is not a likable person at all and has no redeeming qualities, but he does have principles: he always takes responsibility for his actions, he wouldn't do anything different over his lifetime if he had it all to do again, and the word he hates most in the world is sorry. Maggie is busy with volunteer work, but hangs out with the FBI team to get the latest on her neighbors, who are under constant surveillance by the feds.
Malavita: A Novel
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Look up malavita in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. 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 See also [ edit ] Mala vita Disambiguation page providing links to topics that could be referred to by the same search term. Categories : Disambiguation page with short description Disambiguation pages. Hidden categories: All article disambiguation pages All disambiguation pages. Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history.