A fascinating look into the man, Mario Puzo of Godfather fame and Carol Gino's 20 Yr. relationship with him. Carol, a nurse and feminist came to care for Mario's sick wife. With both of them suffering, he from the eventual loss of his wife and she from a recently ended marriage, there emerged this personal journey. Carol's amazing ability to tell their story with honesty, humor, caring and compassion takes you on an exciting adventure. Their interesting exchanges on the art of writing, power struggles and some very funny conversations only make this very real and believable. Enjoyably readable, the passion between these two seemingly different people is evident and heartwarming and the end result s truly a Love Story.....there is magic in love.
Carol Gino captured the years with Mario Puzo with wit and humor. Their dialogues and anecdotes bring Mario and their mutual love and admiration to life again. This is an authentic love story told with grace. We see Mario Puzo in a new light as lover, friend and mentor. Kudos to Carol Gino on a job well done !
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..I laughed, I cried...but seriously, I loved this tale of two loves that spanned over 20 years. I first read The Nurse's Story by Carol Gino several years ago and tho I wasn't in the medical field, it all came alive and interesting to me, and I could not put this book down. So I was very excited to see that Ms Gino had written a book about her relationship with author Mario Puzo, of Godfather fame. Ms Gino still has that same lovely, readable style of writing...so smooth, and once again I couldn't put it down (plus it has photos!). No sleazy tell all romance here, but a solid, intelligent relationship between what at first seemed to be two people of totally opposite personalities and ways of life. I reveled in the conversations between them, about men and women, life, love and most important at times; writing. I enjoyed getting to know Mario Puzo as the gentle, brilliant storyteller who wrote not only bestsellers, but screenplays, and though a private person, jetted around the world to romantic cities like Paris, Rome and Cannes with the sometime reluctant traveler, Ms Gino, (though breaking into cemeteries took a certain amount of talent). But most importantly, there is such a deep love and respect and humor that dances on each page, each adventure. By the end of the book I could very well understand the way that such two such diverse persons could make it all a love story of a lifetime. I was quite sad to put Me and Mario down. But no matter... I will read it again.