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Mario Puzo won international acclaim for The Godfather and his other Mafia novels. But before creating those masterpieces, Puzo wrote his first acclaimed novel The Dark Arena-an astounding story of a war-scarred young American in a battle against corruption and betrayal. . . .After coming home at the end of World War II, Walter Mosca finds himself too restless for his civiMario Puzo won international acclaim for The Godfather and his other Mafia novels. But before creating those masterpieces, Puzo wrote his first acclaimed novel The Dark Arena-an astounding story of a war-scarred young American in a battle against corruption and betrayal. . . .After coming home at the end of World War II, Walter Mosca finds himself too restless for his civilian role in America. So he returns to Germany to find the woman he had once loved-and to start some kind of life in a vanquished country. But ahead of Walter stretches a dark landscape of defeat and intrigue, as he succumbs to the corrupting influences of a malevolent time. Now he enters a different kind of war, one in which he must make a fateful decision-between love and ambition, passion and greed, life and death. . . ....

Title : The Dark Arena
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ISBN : 9780345441690
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Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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The Dark Arena Reviews

  • Aurore
    2019-04-19 18:51

    i read this one in the darkest days of my life, when i thought too much about my life, about what i'd lost and how i could... die without hurting anyone around me. i felt touched with this story of a soldier who couldn't again get in touch with his loved ones at homeland and that made him return to Germany to find the only one, his woman, who got all his trust during darkest days of the WWII. her love helped him go on with his life until the day she passed away. nothing left and worth to him since her death, even their own child. what he lost was not only his loved one, not only his family or his nation, but also his trust in life. at the end of the novel, he got lost, and tried to run away, cared nothing for what was next in his life, he left his baby to an old woman who got his wife's trust and got away. years later, when i read "a movable feast" by ernest hemingway, i started to think back about "the dark arena" and got to know more about those of the lost generation. life is so hard. this one is neccessary for one's life to know the truth about living and trusting. it's also my favourite book of all time in my own life.

  • Asghar Abbas
    2019-03-31 01:45

    Watch Mario Puzo Hemingway his way around in a first novel published under his own name, after the bad start that was Six Graves to Munich. For a longest while I thought The Dark Arena was his first published book. Sometimes writers go through this, I am not naive, I just thought Puzo was a masterwordsmith from the get go. But then again, Tawni O'Dell wrote five novels she thought she Should write before getting her Back Roads (an excellent novel) published, every writer's woes, I suppose. The Dark Arena ; A novel that is more Hemingway than Hemingway's own work. Puzo had lived this book while stationed in Germany, the story is drawn from that and based on his experiences there. A book he remained a pure and untainted artist with, he didn't compromise at all. Very poignant drink. Chug it.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-17 18:41

    Like most people, the reason I read this book is that I LOVED the Godfather. I happened to love this book too, but expecting it to be like the Godfather was a HUGE mistake. Puzo is great I writing about crime, manipulation, betrayal, negotiations, murder, etc. But I don't think he ever really wanted to be this kind of author. Puzo never actually wanted to write an entire book about mafia. He'd written a good book with a a small part about mafia, and his publisher told him the novel would have been more successful if there had been more mafia. So he wrote the Godfather, and people loved it. However most people did because of the crime part, and Puzo ended up being a crime novelist. I read Puzo's last book, Omerta, and it was only about mafia and police, but it had no heart in it. It didn't feel like Puzo had cared about this novel. It felt like he had to write another book, that people would enjoy. Now how does that have anything to do with the Dark Arena? Well, this book wasn't written by the Puzo people loved because of his gift for writing about mafia. This book was written by the romantic Puzo who loved Dostoyevsky's novels and wanted to write about character who were emotionally suffering. Many people didn't like the book because they found the characters unrelatable and unlikeable. In my opinion, this book's greatest strength was its characters. They felt real. I think the problem is that they felt too real, and there was nothing epic or mythical about them. Now were they likeable? I think Hella (the German girlfriend) was likeable. And Mosca's family too. But the others weren't. And I think it was done on purpose. Like in the Catcher in the Rye, the only really likeable characters are Holden in his sisters. And that is because Holden thinks of most people as phonies. Well, in the Dark Arena, although it is 3rd person multiple points of view novel, the story is mostly seen through Mosca's eyes. And Mosca sees only the worst in people. He is unable to actually care about someone or something (the first thing he thought about his son is what an ugly baby he was, the second was how he wasn't that ugly anymore), and I think this is the most interesting thing about this novel. The extreme cynicism of the main character, his being unable to care about anything, his wanting to escape life and the world (kinda like Holden, although this book's got nothing to do with the Catcher in the Rye). (SPOILER ALERT.) The end is really tragic. The reader realizes that he truly doesn't care about anything at all. He's too depressed to live, but doesn't care enough to actually commit suicide. (END OF SPOILER)Another thing that made this book great is how violently the story is told. Anyway, don't read this story when you expect it to be physically violent. Because this is pure psychological violence. (Good thing I read the Catcher in the Rye right after that book. It kept me from falling off the cliff and into the ravine of cynicism as I often do.)If you want to read this book, expect it to be the kind of story Dostoyevsky would've written if he'd lived in the 40's.

  • Beth
    2019-04-22 21:58

    Although the the setting was intriguing, post war occupied Germany, I really did not like this book. The main character just did not have an redeeming qualities. He seemed to have no emotions or feelings, no matter who was hurt or killed. He finally seemed to have a bit of love for his German mistress but even that seemed forced at times. It is a very, dark, unforgiving book and one I would not recommend.

  • Peter
    2019-04-07 23:57

    This was Mario Puzo's first novel and became a bestseller after he wrote the superb Godfather. Obviously many readers(like me)who'd read the Godfather raced to buy the The Dark Arena. It is dreadful, beyond dreadful in fact, poorly written a terrible and totally boring storyline and it is hard to believe that the author of the Godfather penned this rubbish. It is testimony though to his enormous improvement as a writer and story-teller in his later novels.

  • Amira Abdellatif
    2019-04-14 01:41

    I expected a "Godfather" setting, but it's totally different: there is no honour here. Published in 1953, it shows Americans in Germany in the years after the War. The conquerors and the conquered living in a city of ruins. It is savage, and brutal, and there is no-one to blame. Puzo lays out the emotions and thoughts in precise, delicate detail. A real masterpiece.

  • Angel Serrano
    2019-04-13 00:58

    Las cicatrices de la guerra tardan en curar. Walter, en su vida de soldado recién licenciado al acabar la segunda Guerra Mundial, no encuentra su sitio en los Estados Unidos. Al volver a Alemania se encontrará otro mundo donde la violencia y el amor se entremezclan.

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    2019-03-24 18:43


  • Nazim
    2019-04-13 20:39

    in my opinion it's one of the best Puzo's books (after the Godfather). I enjoyed it very much! )))

  • Lauren
    2019-04-11 22:02

    Another super sad Puzo, but something about his writing makes you read until the very end, despite the inevitable misery and emptiness you're going to feel.

  • Sharang Limaye
    2019-03-27 19:00

    Puzo's little known 'The Dark Arena' is a forgotten gem. The commercial failure of this novel apparently pushed him to writing pulp crime stories and the rest is history. It's not difficult to imagine why this book didn't do well. Its a dark, very dark love story set in post-World War 2 Germany. The protagonist is a misanthrope. The heroine is a wimp. The love story is doomed right from the word go. The miracle is how all this comes together to make one of the most haunting tales of tragic romance. There is enough pathos here to move the most deadened soul. Still, its not cheap sentimentalism. 'The Dark Arena' may not have set cash registers ringing, but it surely gives glimpses of what Puzo was capable of, a promise he fulfilled many times over.

  • Henri Moreaux
    2019-03-27 21:37

    I found this to be rather dull and boring, it portrayed a pretty decent atmosphere of post war Germany however none of the characters were particularly likeable and the story didn't really move me in anyway what so ever. The ending was also quite bland for everything you had to sit through to get there.I'm surprised it's written by the same person as Godfather, his writing certainly matured with time.

  • Silvia
    2019-04-19 19:55

    I love Mario puzo but not just because of Godfather and so on (which I love too) . He has written different styles of books and I always enjoyed them. This one, a novel about a soldier after war, how life change you and how you react to all of that. He created a good bunch of different characters with different ways to live, think and face life. Each of them has their own internal war.

  • James
    2019-04-18 23:50

    The sort of story that Band of Brothers never got around to telling - the raw reality of life in the ruins of Germany during post-war Europe.

  • Matt
    2019-04-05 23:40

    The was a decent read, but I am not really sure why. Nothing super interesting really happens (although there are some moments). I like Puzo but it's not as though he writing style is mesmerizing. This is definitely the least interesting of all his books. There isn't any sort of secretive plotting or manipulation or anything like what he writes so well. I found all of the characters pretty hard to relate to.Yet somehow I enjoyed it, it in no way felt like a drag. I looked forward to picking it up again each time I put it down, maybe because it just seemed clear it was going in a tragic direction. Or maybe because it reminded me a good amount of A Farewell to Arms. That comparison is a stretch since AFtA is one of the greatest books ever, but it had a lot of the same elements to the plot. I found Walter Mosca to be similar to many of Hemingway's characters in that it is hard to get a sense for what emotions they are really experiencing, you are forced to use their actions and their thoughts to determine the emotion of the character. I also find Camus's characters to be like that.Or maybe it was because I read this book during a week where I am working from 8PM to 5AM and everything is just a little off. It certainly seems that way as I write this at 4:15 AM and am comparing a main character who is a dick and my least favorite of Puzo's books to characters/books from one of my absolute favorite authors.

  • Jim C
    2019-04-12 18:43

    This book takes place after World War II in Germany. This is about an American soldier that returns home to his family and his girlfriend who has waited the whole time he was in the service. The problem is that he is a changed man and he doesn't want this scenario anymore. He returns to Germany for the woman he fell for while he was stationed there.The author does a fantastic job with the setting and the mood for this novel. One cannot help but get a feeling of dreadfulness throughout this novel as people try to move on from war and put their lives back together. The description of the setting is intense as he describes the ruins of homes and the contrasting nature of people partying in this world. That is the only positive aspect of the book. Overall, this book was wearisome because of the characters especially the main character. They were so unlikable and there was nothing redeeming about them at all. Even when the main character had a chance to act personable or be likable, he did the opposite and left the reader despising him.My advice is to read other books by this author as he has penned classics. There is nothing positive about this book and I could not connect with any aspect of this novel. The descriptions were vivid and detailed and this is the only reason I gave it a two star rating.

  • Adriana Fogaça
    2019-04-08 23:58

    Título: A Guerra SujaAutor: Mario PuzoTradução: Áurea WeissenbergEditora: RecordAno: 1955Comprar: Infelizmente só nos sebos.Resenha:Este é o primeiro livro de Mario Puzo, para quem está costumado com O Poderoso Chefão, pode não gostar de A Guerra Suja. Particularmente adoro. Acho o livro um relato fiel de uma Alemanha devastada e subjugada pelos americanos após a derrota na Segunda Guerra Mundial.A obra conta a história de Walter, jovem soldado americano, que se alista ao exercício com o idealismo de combater o nazismo que oprimia os judeus. Infelizmente, ele logo foi corrompido pelos horrores da Guerra. É assim se tornando um homem sem escrúpulos, frio e que gosta de matar.Com o fim da Guerra ele volta pra casa, mas não consegue se adaptar ao seu antigo estilo de vida americano. A família e a noiva o sufocam, para fugir desta prisão que se tornou seu próprio país, ele volta para Alemanha. E encontra uma Alemanha devastadas e sua amante alemã que havia deixado grávida....Quer ler a resenha completa e muito mais, visite o blog Momentos da Fogui: site:

  • Vishnu Nair
    2019-04-18 22:04

    The first thing that strikes you when you read The Dark Arena is the stark contrast to the other works of Puzo like The godfather, Last Don and the likes. Puzo uses an entirely different narrative structure and you wouldn't find any of sudden twists, travelling back and forth in time, he keeps it straight here with a linear storytelling. Nor would you find lengthy side tracks. Not surprising as it is one of the earlier works of Puzo. The story takes some time to get us engaged but halfway through the book we are given hints about the danger looming around the characters, but not quite sure who would be struck by the danger. We are able to figure out Mosca completely only towards the end of the book.When the tragedy finally strike it is completely unexpected and heartbreaking. Puzo more than makes up for the earlier parts of book with the tense, pressure cooker mood sustained throughout the end.

  • Adolfo Pérez
    2019-03-27 17:41

    La primer novela de Mario Puzo.He de confesar que este es uno de los libros que abandoné el año pasado, después de varios capítulos no me logró enganchar, pero hace unos días “le di una segunda oportunidad” y simplemente no pude dejarla.Creo que al principio me vi influenciado por las demás obras de este autor pues inconscientemente esperaba una historia de gánsteres.Se trata de la historia de un soldado estadounidense, Walter Mosca, qué regresa a su país después de la guerra y no se logra adaptar al lugar que dejó años atrás, por lo que decide regresar a Alemania y vive las penurias de la posguerra en medio el dolor y las privaciones que sufren los vencidos, los supervivientes de los campos de concentración y ellos mismos que aunque sean del lado vencedor, pueden hacer muy poco por sus amigos y seres amados.Una gran novela.

  • Spaz
    2019-03-31 00:56

    I struggled to get through this one, it became to dry of a read. This was the first book of Puzo I had read and I thought, "It's bound to be a good read since I had enjoyed the Godfather so much." It was nothing what I had anticipated. The main character became uninteresting after awhile and everything else after that, story and all, just became too dry and boring. This was one that I had put down and kept picking back up little by little just to finish it, and finally I finished. After reading it my first thought was, "Wow! I don't know if I want to read another one of his or not!" I came to realize though that this was Puzo's very first novel, so if i do read another one it will be the "Godfather". Hopefully that one will be a whole lot better than this one.

  • Michal Skrivan
    2019-04-16 00:06

    Tento první román světoznámého prozaika se odehrává v poválečném Německu. Je to období norimberského procesu a okupačních zón, ale i doba nových možností pro poctivé i podnikavce bez skrupulí. Americký voják Walter Mosca se obohacuje obchodem na černém trhu. Válka udělala z tohoto 23letého mladíka drsného muže spoléhajícího jen na vlastní sílu. Jediným, na kom lpí, je něžná milující Hella, s níž má syna; když ji však tragicky ztrácí, nezadrží ho už nic na cestě násilí, na kterou se dal... Německá kritika označila Temnou arénu za nejlepší americký román o životě v poválečném Německu. Puzo v něm vykreslil události moderní historie i osudy hrdinů přesvědčivě a realisticky. Přeložil František Jungwirth.

  • Karunakaran N.
    2019-04-02 00:06

    The Dark Arena by Mario Puzo... The first book of Puzo (1957). Set entirely in the backdrop of the aftermath of WWII. Mosca from the US was a soldier of the Allied Forces returns home after war but emotionally bitter returns back to Germany where he finds solace to his perturbation, loses his love Hella (German) to the dire conditions after the war. Puzo has portrayed the play of human emotions when the world seems to be at the end. Well written no wonder Godfather was a great success.. The novel starts with a bang but drags a bit at the mid and speeds up to the climax.

  • ScottBreslove
    2019-04-09 19:44

    My first Puzo, which I had on hand, and would help me decide to buy the Godfather or not. Yup, I'll be picking up the Godfather the next time I get a chance. The Dark Arena was good, not great, but it was definitely an enjoyable read exposing a time and setting I was not very familiar with. The characters, although not very likable (which I've seen other reviewers complain about), we very well done, each fitting in their own niche. Overall it wasn't a very pleasant book, not what one would call a beach read, but it was definitely worth reading as Puzo spins a good tale.

  • Sujit Banerjee
    2019-03-22 23:56

    Somehow I thought this book of his was his best. Godfather off course remains a classic but this book had more pathos and closer to reality in terms of war and its aftermath. He draws from himself being a soldier and witnessing death at close quarters. He tells a story of a man without nation, without love and hope. He returns to America after WW2 and realizes there is nothing left for him there. He moves to Germany to pick up lost threads and fails. What is left is a life without anything to look forward to and in utter darkness.

  • Michael Chrisman
    2019-03-31 19:37

    For some reason i cant give ratIngs with this phone i got, i dont have a computer. But i want to give this book 5 stars. I cant believe the average rating is less than 4 stars, wack. I cant remember the dudes name who is the star of the book but i remember the book. It was real. What, i dont get it, someone didnt like it cause it wasnt fake. I read it in like one night as i was in twin towers los angeles county jail level 9, waiting for the chain. My cellys name was rob and his dad sent him the book.

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    2019-03-26 23:06

    This came as a pleasant surprise. I didn't go in expecting to like this book, and the first few pages didn't make an impression on me either, but as the book progressed, I actually grew to like it. Though I usually don't read stuff that are not a-thousand-things-happening-at-once stuff, this book was more that good enough to keep me in it's grip. I must say, Mario Puzo knows his business. More than the plot, it's the subtle way he narrates that makes it worth reading. I just may give his other novels a chance.

  • Razibul Hassan
    2019-04-21 19:54

    Some People might not agree it as one of the greatest work by Puzo but this is mostly because they expect a godfather like story from this book which is completely the reader's contradiction of interest. The story set about a soldier after the war is indeed a compelling one. The fortunate Pilgrim and The Dark Arena in my opinion are two great books written by Mario Puzo who is well-known for his work of Mafia story.

  • Sandi
    2019-04-15 23:57

    it took me a bit to be engaged, but once i was in, i was in to the end. visceral description of WW2, really delves into the psychological aspects of the effects of war on the conqueror and the conquered. poignant, shocking at times. i was surprised that this was Puzo's first book, he is an excellent writer. it's obvious that he had first-hand experience in the war. reminds me that i need to reread The Godfather books...

  • Guilherme Gontijo
    2019-04-18 20:58

    Sem sombra de dúvidas, esse é o pior livro de Mario Puzo. Você o compra esperando um livro de guerra eletrizante com estratégias e planos (como the godfather fez ) e quando começa a lê-lo se dá conta de que é um dramalhão deprimente sobre um soldado remoendo as tristezas da guerra. De real já basta a vida. Não recomendo.

  • Victor
    2019-03-27 19:41

    Great book, but not perfect. (view spoiler)[A tragic novel hides behind the title "The Dark Arena". It has to be pointed out the wreckless feeling of loneliness and abandonment you feel when reading the final paragraph of the story. You can feel with detail Walter's despair at the glance of the train that has just left (hide spoiler)] The problem with this book is the lenght of several innecesary parts, making the reading at some points very annoying. Overall, it's a good book. Good and sad