My friend, Barb, loaned me Mario Puzo’s "The Family" on cassette tapes. It was the first time I had ever listened to a book on tapes. It was convenient while driving to town or to WF to pop in a tape and listen to the story, but I think I would prefer to have the book in my hands. I wouldn’t mind having one of those Kinder Books, but I could potentially spend way too much money on something like that.
As for the story itself, "The Family" was very interesting. Apparently Puzo was fascinated by the Borgias and did quite a bit of research throughout his life on the family, but died before publishing his findings. Puzo considered Pope Alexander VI the first don and used much of the Pope’s story in his Mafia stories. I was pretty caught up in the story of the Borgias Family myself. Years ago when I read Samuel Shellabarger’s "Prince of Foxes," I was introduced to the Borgia family and was intrigued at that time. Although I had read of the corruption in the Catholic Church, it was the first that I had heard of a Pope having children. In "Prince of Foxes" Shellabarger had a character who was hired to see that the marriage of Pope Alexander’s daughter, Lucrezia, went through to the Alfonso d’Este, Duke of Ferrara. While in Italy (about 8 years ago) we visited the Caslte d’Este in Ferrara – it was fascinating, but we had not read "Prince of Foxes" at that time. Someday I would like to go back to Ferrara and see the castle again with new eyes and a bigger imagination. In fact after ready/hearing both books, there is lots I would like to go back to see in Italy. Plus, I need a new purse. Here is a postcard of the Castlello Estense and a photo of Bo and Jesse on the balcony/wall of the castle.