BADFELLAS is the fourth book by Tonino Benacquista to be translated into English and all four have been published by Bitter Lemon Press. Malavita has ratings and reviews. Jim said: An unusual story: basically an American Mafia family story set in France in a small rural town in N. Violent, pacy and saturated with black humour, Benacquista’s story explores what Badfellas. Front Cover. Tonino Benacquista. Bitter Lemon Press,

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But for someone like Fred, or for the rest of the family for that matter, being honino in any sense of the word is impossible. And this leads me to my second point: I didn’t hate it, I just expected it to be better from “National Bestseller” and “Soon to be a motion picture.

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But the story is still quite unusual and all the more pleasurable for it, especially as it’s made in France with a lot of French direction.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. It says on the cover it is being made into a movie, so they will probably make it much faster badfella more dramatic.


More crime fiction reviews can be found on the Reviews page. The high-school aged son wants to be just like his father but without he violence. Ca se lit bien Since they are background, and not happening right then. Steaming, boiled badfelals, grilled fish, fizzy water. The family was in the mob and goes into witness protection. The need for secrecy — the Blakes have to be careful to avoid even getting their pictures in a local paper — and their false identities make badfells difficult, but they put their own plans into motion.

I felt benaacquista all the characters were better developed in the movie. Tonono, stereotyped characterizations, and exaggerated situations, but not funny.

Both are highly recommended. For example when the plumber comes to assess the Blakes’ faulty water supply:. 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.

Badfellas (Malavita) – Tonino Benacquista

View all 3 comments. I wasn’t completely sure he knew either. Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. I give this book a two out of five. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Fred, Maggie, Belle and Warren who are living in a small town in Normandy. Obviously, also, a lot of this is far from realistic, but Benacquista shows a nice touch in not playing it just for loud laughs.


Then it’s just a question of setting up a few deals. Needless to say, everything comes to a head, and everyone has a role to play in it.

At a neighborhood barbeque they sponsor, the son tells his mother: Badfellas published in the US under its original French title, Malavita — another name for the Mafia, as well as the name of the family dog has an entertaining premise: Mas, Tonino Benacquista, enganou-me bem.

Funny, fast read and very amusing. Lists with This Book. Maggie, who prides herself on the efforts she’s made to learn French language and culture, is hurt. 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. It is an interesting book with an inside look at mafia and witness protection programme.