Corelli's Mandolin

De Bernières, Louis

(Book - 1994)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Corelli's Mandolin
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 World 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". The basis for the major motion picture "Captain Corelli's Mandolin", starring Nicholas Cage. Abridged 3 CDs.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c1994
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 0679436448
Characteristics: 437 p. ;,23 cm


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This novel beautifully evokes a sensual Greek island- and then shows what happens to it as World War II intensifies. There's also a truly lovely romance-- and just a little bit of magic. This is a great book.

Corelli, an Italian army captain, falls in love with Pelagia Iannis on the island of Cephalonia after the Axis forces occupy the island in World War II.

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Dec 07, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A powerful operatic novel set on a lovely Greek island during WWII. The story is not always an easy read with it's brutal description of war; however, the author's gentle humour prevails throughout and Captain Corelli proves that even in war one can be civilized, charming and ever so much in love.

May 16, 2013
  • vwruleschick rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Love, war, and now add Italians and Germans, makes for one twisted story on this Greek island during WWII. Madras and Pelagia are engaged, but there is a long road ahead of them if they are to make it. Antonio makes an interesting love triangle with his mandolin. Plus follow Carlos struggle as he fights on two fronts to work out his feelings for his affections. Now the Germans take over the Greeks or will there be freedom for them? Rough read, but not as corny as the movie.

Nov 29, 2012
  • pridi_o rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It is a great book: funny, intelligent, wise, and at times utterly sad. The language is poetic and very beautiful. Recommend to everyone!

a favorite of Emma Thompson

Aug 08, 2012
  • doroschelch rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The kitschy ending is unworthy of this otherwise well researched and well written historical novel.

Feb 09, 2012
  • TheDukeRules rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Difficult to get into at first but well worth the effort -- great story!

LOVED this book!

May 16, 2011
  • SB2000 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Justr about the perfect love-story. Humorous, tragic, immensely human. Strangley, I have not enjoyed othr works by de Bernieres, but I love this! Do NOT watch the movie!

Nov 29, 2010
  • diesellibrarian rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An epic love story. And a war story. But above all, a human story. The movie doesn't come close to doing it justice.

Feb 27, 2010
  • Darrelln rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is almost my favorite book. It's a happy romance and extremely well written.


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