Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Book - 1997
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Extravagant, inventive, emotionally sweeping, Captain 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 occupation are Pelagia, a willful, beautiful young woman, and the two suitors vying for her love: Mandras, a gentle fisherman turned ruthless 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, Captain Corelli's Mandolin is a passionate novel as rich in ideas as it is genuinely moving.
Publisher: London : Minerva, [1997], c1994
ISBN: 9780749397548
0749397543
Branch Call Number: FIC DeBer 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 434 p

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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!

diesellibrarian Nov 29, 2010

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

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Darrelln
Feb 27, 2010

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

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