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Corelli's Mandolin (Book)

  • Jul 9, 2010
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This is an amazing novel set on the island of Cephalonia, Greece, beginning in World War II.  Cephalonia was occupied during WWII by Italian soldiers.  This is a love story between one of the soldiers (Capt. Corelli) and Pelagia, one of the Greek women in the town.  Louis de Bernieres creates a detailed, beautiful, rich story.  In addition to the charming and interesting Pelagia and Corelli, the community of Cephalonia is filled with odd and quirky characters.

The soldiers are housed by villagers. Capt. Corelli lives with Pelagia and her father.  Their romance is slow to develop.  At first, Pelagia is, of course, resentful of the presence of Capt. Corelli and Pelagia is in love with Mandras, a village man.  As time goes on and she lives in close proximity to the cultured, pleasant Capt. Corelli, she falls in love with him.

A portion of the story describes soldiers fighting in the mountains in grueling, freezing conditions.  It is a brutal, unromanticized portrait of warfare.  One of these soldiers is Mandras and he returns from the war a damaged man.

The story spans decades during which Cephalonia experiences an earthquake.

One of the themes of this novel is the way that an individual's life is deeply affected by external events outside of their control (e.g. war, earthquake).

De Bernieres has declared that with his historical fiction he aims to create another War and Peace -- a novel about everything -- but that he knows his efforts will fall short.

This novel was made into a movie (starring Nicholas Cage and Penelope Cruz) that was horrid, IMHO.  I think it was one of the worst movies ever made, which is terribly unfortunate because the book is stellar.

This novel won the Commenwealth Writers Prize for Best Book in 1995.
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review by . May 20, 1998
This novel has it all - great characters, the folly of war, humour, sadness and a pine marten! It is also about a very sad time that I (a fanatic history buff) knew so little about - the Italian occupation of the Greek Islands in World War Two. Take some time to lock yourself away for an all in one read - it is well worth the effort.
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A captivating and mystical story of life and love during the wartime Italian occupation of the isolated Greek island of Cephallonia. Extravagant, inventive, emotionally sweeping, this rich and lyrical, heartbreaking and hilarious novel has been widely hailed as a classic. Set on the peaceful island of Cephallonia, just as the horrors of World War II reach its remote shores, Corelli's Mandolin is "an exuberant mixture of history and romance, written with a wit that is incandescent" (Los Angeles Times Book Review). Corelli's Mandolin is the story of a timeless place that one day wakes up to find itself in the jaws of history. The place is the Greek island of Cephallonia, where gods once dabbled in the affairs of men and the local saint periodically rises from his sarcophagus to cure the mad. Then the tide of World War II rolls onto the island's shores in the form of the conquering Italian army. Caught in the midst of the occupation are Pelagia, a willful, beautiful young woman, and the two suitors vying for her love and affection: Mandras, a gentle fisherman turned ruthless, murderous guerilla, and the charming, mandolin-playing Captain Corelli, a reluctant officer of the Italian garrison on the island. Rich with loyalties and betrayals, and set against a landscape where the factual blends seamlessly with the fantastic, Corelli's Mandolin is a passionate novel as rich in ideas as it is genuinely moving.
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ISBN-10: 067976397X (pbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780679763970 (pbk.)
Author: Louis de Bernieres
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Vintage; Later Printing edition
Date Published: August 29, 1995
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