Corelli's Mandolin

Corelli's Mandolin

Book - 1994 | 1st American ed
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A tragicomedy on a Greek island during World War II. The hero is Antonio Corelli, a mandolin-playing captain of the occupying Italian army, the heroine is Pelagia Iannis, daughter of a local doctor, who is engaged to a Greek resistance leader, Corelli's enemy. The novel follows their adventures as Italy switches sides, the Germans invade and the war turns into a free for all. By the author of The troublesome offspring of Cardinal Guzman.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©1994
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780679436447
0679436448
9780679763970
067976397X
Call Number: FICTION DEBERNIER
Characteristics: 437 pages ; 23 cm

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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.

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.

war, peace, and Greece


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Rdi123
Nov 19, 2020

Great read

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INVS
Nov 26, 2018

I wish this were an audiobook.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 07, 2014

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.

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vwruleschick
May 16, 2013

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.

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pridi_o
Nov 29, 2012

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

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Microbes
Sep 22, 2012

a favorite of Emma Thompson

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doroschelch
Aug 08, 2012

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

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TheDukeRules
Feb 09, 2012

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

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wissa
Oct 27, 2011

LOVED this book!

SB2000 May 16, 2011

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!

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