Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Captain Corelli's Mandolin

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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 as a conscien-tious but far from fanatical soldier, whose main aim is to have a peaceful war, he proves in time to be civilised, humorous - and a consumate musician. When the local doctor's daughter's letters to her fiance go unanswered, 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?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 34mm | 359.99g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0749397543
  • 9780749397548
  • 24,533

Review Text

Set on the Greek island of Cephalonia, this is a tale of the inhabitants of that island throughout World War II. The story centres on the love between the doctor's daughter Pelagia and the Italian officer Antonio Corelli, with a pageant of other characters, animals, catastrophes and joys so rich, so funny, so rewarding, that only superlatives can be used to describe this luscious novel. (Kirkus UK)show more

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"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 "Hypnotic...a vast tapestry woven in tiny, colourful, intricate detail...a graphic and moving commentary on the futility of war. This magical book stayed in my head long after I had finished it" -- Marian Keyes "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 "Captain Corelli's Mandolin achieves that rare feat of saying something new about war...fusing with remarkable felicity the cosmic and the tragic, the lyrical and the epic... And without offering easy answers, it poses difficult questions about love and suspicion, trust and betrayal, faith and despair, creativity and destruction" -- Andre Brink Times Literary Supplement "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 Standardshow more

About Louis de Bernieres

Louis de Bernieres is the best-selling author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin. His most recent novels are Birds Without Wings and A Partisan's more

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64,261 ratings
3.94 out of 5 stars
5 35% (22,361)
4 36% (23,220)
3 20% (12,982)
2 6% (3,982)
1 3% (1,716)

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"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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