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Corelli's Mandolin: A Novel Paperback – August 29, 1995
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British author Louis de Bernières is well known for his forays into magical realism in such novels as The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts, Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord, and The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman. Here he keeps it to a minimum, though certainly the secondary characters with whom he populates his island--the drunken priest, the strongman, the fisherman who swims with dolphins--would be at home in any of his wildly imaginative Latin American fictions. Instead, de Bernières seems interested in dissecting the nature of history as he tells his ever-darkening tale from many different perspectives. Corelli's Mandolin works on many levels, as a love story, a war story, and a deconstruction of just what determines the facts that make it into the history books. --Alix Wilber
From Publishers Weekly
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Through his words and the pictures he paints in the mind, you are transported to this most wonderful place. I felt Mandras' and Corelli's pain as they endured horrific events as the war unfolds. I dislike war novels of any kind, but this work brings the human element into play in a way that it would be as though your brother or a friend were at war -- you would hang on every word for information.
The love story is brilliant -- until the very end. The ending is too quickly "tacked on" and detracts significantly from the excellent quality of the writing. It is also one of those "too good to be true" endings. However, put this aside and create your own ending, because the rest of the work -- the language, the plot, characterizations, are so masterfully crafted that my disappointment at the ending was tempered by the memories of these great characters.
Louis desBernieres created a moving, wonderful book out of an obscure topic with regard to WWII, very few people out there are aware of the war atrocities committed in Greece.
I am most worried that once the film is released, that our family's island paradise will be inundated with tourists! Cephallonia is truly one of the most unusually different, most hauntingly beautiful and least visited Greek islands. I would love it if it were always so, but it is inevitable that because of this book, there will be a great interest garnered in visiting. If you do manage to make it over here, enjoy -- but respect the islanders and the environment, please (especially the beaches, which are unparalleled in Greece)!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
brilliant prose about a little known corner of Europe during the war. and a little known combatant: Italy. prose was elegant without being purple. Read morePublished 24 days ago by paul e sinsar
You get plenty of WWII history in a story of people who survive with their humor and love intact. Great fun!Published 1 month ago by Dacorated
Excellent story! I loved it and recommend it to anyone who has not read it yet!Published 1 month ago by Jean Marc Papon
At first the beautiful writing drew me into the story. But eventually, the slow pace and the poor ending ruined the overall story for me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Megan
I end up buying this book over and over because I borrow it out and never get it back! Also I will NEVER NEVER NEVER watch the movie because I can't imagine Penelope Cruz or Nic... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amy
Interesting to see life on an occupied Greek island during the war.Published 2 months ago by Good Customer
Thought that Corelli's Mandolin was beautiful, full of humor and sadPublished 2 months ago by Katherine L. Cuneo
Each story is very vivid in description. Each time I read, I can "feel" it.Published 2 months ago by VYC