Publisher: Penguin Longman Publishing
Isbn-10: 0582461359 | Isbn-13: 9780582461352 | Publish date: 12/02/2001
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The story is very interesting and gives you plenty of details about the Greek resistance , international organizations of resistance, and the situation on the island during the WWII as for the Nazis’ and Fascist troops. A lot of interesting characters are very well depicted. Nonetheless during all its reading I had the impression that it is a good book but the author is not a good writer. It lacks the sparkle that makes a good book a great book, but I cannot really say why.
I watched the movie after having read the book and I can say that the movie is a pathetic shadow of the book. If you are interested in the story give a try to the book because the movie is not even the 10% of the book story and they have changed too many things in order to have a simple and “easygoing” movie.
Barbara ABP said on Feb 22, 2015, 14:06
... non certamente per reali Italiani o Greci... Costruito a tavolino per compiacere i gusti del maggior numero possibile di lettori; davvero molto lento, troppo colore, gli animali si avvantaggiano di un approfondimento psicologico superiore a quello dei "tipizzati" personaggi umani (che sovrabbondano). La storia d'amore e le battute sono, a mio parere, sono accostate con cattivo gusto alla tragedia di Cefalonia
Mauraccia said on Nov 17, 2013, 13:38
princess said on Sep 03, 2012, 12:23
I liked the most of the book, it made me think about my grandfather that spent 6 years in Greece for the mad ambitions of a dictator. Unfortunately the ending is not worthy of the rest of the story...
"At their head perspired Captain Antonio Corelli of the33rd Regiment of Artillery, and slung across his back was a case containing the mandolin that he had named Antonia because it was the other half of himself"
"He was like one of those saprophytic orchids that can create harmony and wonder even as it grows and blossoms on a pile of shit, in a place of skulls and bones. He let his rifle rust, and even lost it once or twice, but he won battles armed with nothing but a mandolin."
"Why do Italians wear moustaches? To be reminded of their mothers"
"There would be no tyranny, Captain, and no wars if minions did not ignore their conscience"
Simona7880 said on Oct 21, 2011, 21:31
I studied this for English Literature A2 and the first time I read it I couldn't stand it. However, I really enjoyed analysing it and I found it a lot more interesting the second, third and forth times round. It has a lot of hidden messages and Louis De Berniers is quite a skilled writer when it comes to that.
Lucie Jordanna said on Sep 26, 2009, 13:02
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