Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Captain Corelli's Mandolin

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'A true diamond of a novel, glinting with comedy and tragedy' Daily Mail

It is 1941 and Captain Antonio Corelli, a young Italian officer, is posted to the Greek island of Cephallonia as part of the occupying forces. At first he is ostracised by the locals but over time he proves himself to be civilised, humorous - and a consummate musician.

When Pelagia, the local doctor's daughter, finds her letters to her fiance go unanswered, Antonio and Pelagia draw close and the working of the eternal triangle seems inevitable. But can this fragile love survive as a war of bestial savagery gets closer and the lines are drawn between invader and defender?

'Louis de Bernieres is in the direct line that runs through Dickens and Evelyn Waugh...he has only to look into his world, one senses, for it to rush into reality, colours and touch and taste' Evening Standard
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Product details

  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 28mm | 405g
  • Vintage
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9780749397548
  • 11,425

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Stunning... A high-spirited historical romance...remarkable.
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A true diamond of a novel, glinting with comedy and tragedy * Daily Mail * A tall tale and a serious work of literature...its reputation suggests that one "should" read it, and so far I would have to agree -- Nigel Rodenhurst * Times Higher Education * Stunning... A high-spirited historical romance...remarkable. * New York Times Book Review * An emotional, funny, stunning novel which swings with wide smoothnes s between joy and bleakness, personal lives and's lyrical and angry, satirical and earnest * Observer * A wonderful epic has made him a name to conjure with. Both on the large and the small scale it is an absorbing and memorable book...the sweep, invention and warmth of the novel carries one effortlessly along -- Derwent May * The Times *
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About Louis de Bernières

Louis de Bernieres is the bestselling author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, which won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best Book in 1995. His most recent books are So Much Life Left Over, The Dust That Falls From Dreams and The Autumn of the Ace, the short story collection Labels, the children's book Station Jim and the poetry collection The Cat in the Treble Clef.
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83,099 ratings
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4 36% (29,809)
3 19% (15,585)
2 6% (4,598)
1 2% (2,040)

Our customer reviews

"As a big fan of Greece I was naturally attracted to this story, and agree that it is far more rewarding than the film, for anyone who is capable of feeling emotion. It reminded a little of that other fine tale set in the Greek islands: Nobble Hospital of the Aegean by Paul Judges, though that is much more contemporary."show more
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