Corelli's Mandolin

De Bernières, Louis

Book - 1994
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Corelli's Mandolin
Extravagant, inventive, emotionally sweeping, Corelli's Mandolin is the story of a timeless place that one day wakes up to find itself in the jaws of history.nbsp;nbsp;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.nbsp;nbsp;Then the tide of World War II rolls onto the island's shores in the form of the conquering Italian army. Caught in the occupation are Pelagia, a willful, beautiful young woman, and the two suitors vying for her love:nbsp;nbsp;Mandras, a gentle fisherman turned ruthless guerilla, and the charming, mandolin-playing Captain Corelli, a reluctant officer of the Italian garrison on the island.nbsp;nbsp;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.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c1994
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 067976397X
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!

Sep 22, 2012

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!

Oct 27, 2011

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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