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Captain Corelli's Mandolin

By Louis De Bernieres

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| Paperback | 9780582461352

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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. The place is the Greek island of Cephallonia, where gods once dabbled in the affairs Continue

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. 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, Corelli's Mandolin is a passionate novel as rich in ideas as it is genuinely moving.

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Per il pubblico anglofono...

    ... 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 quell ...(continue)

    ... 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

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    Mauraccia said on Nov 17, 2013 | Add your feedback

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    I read it around 13 years ago while I was pregnant and it made me cry and laugh. It's written in a very skillful way.The author reminds me of the Italian writer Umberto Eco.

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    princess said on Sep 3, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    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 ...(continue)

    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"

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    Simona7880 said on Oct 21, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    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 ...(continue)

    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.

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    Lucie Jordanna said on Sep 26, 2009 | Add your feedback

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    Fantastic Book! Funny, sad and interesting. Could not put it down!

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    Texas Cat said on Apr 12, 2008 | Add your feedback

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