Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
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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 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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About Louis de Bernieres

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Louis de Bernieres' novels include The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts (Commonwealth Writers Prize, Best First Book Eurasia Region, 1991), Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord (Commonwealth Writers Prize, Best Book Eurasia Region, 1992), and The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman. The author, who lives in London, was selected as one of the twenty Best of Young British Novelists 1993.From the Trade Paperback edition.
 
Published October 17, 2012 by Vintage. 449 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, War. Fiction

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Heartbreaking, beautiful and deeply moving--if not always entirely believable--de Bernieres's extraordinary novel is based on a historic episode: the Nazis' occupation of the sleepy Greek island of Cephallonia and their slaughter of thousands of occupying Italian troops who turned against fascism...

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De Bernieres mixes history and fantasy in this love story set on an idyllic Greek island torn apart by Nazi occupation.

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Book Reporter

For the first 300 pages of CORELLI'S MANDOLIN, I enjoyed great writing, laughed and fell in love with some of the most wonderful characters I've ever known.

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The Independent

This book is a confection, a mystery novel full of fortuitous coincidences and extraordinary parallels and set pieces, and until the end the reader is kept from knowing the solution to a puzzle founded entirely on the character of Pelagia, the doctor's daughter - a solution that ultimately proves...

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The Telegraph

This puppet show from Kote Marjanishvili Theatre, Tbilisi, at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester, moves you to tears at its sweeping sense of scarring human experience.

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M/C Anderson

Bit 4 Â The mandolin-as-symbol works particularly well throughout the novel, and Corelli and Pelagia’s relationship - while structurally predictable and, towards the end of the novel, thematically frustrating - is as engaging and charming, as i...

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Variety

(Corelli, a rather indistinct figure, only appears a third of the way into the novel, which is emotionally centered on the Greek girl, Pelagia.) Much as in "Bridget Jones," which is equally unfilmable in its book form, the decision was wisely made to flatten out the novel into a more regular war...

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