Corelli's Mandolin



❮Read❯ ➹ Corelli's Mandolin ➼ Author Louis de Bernières – E17streets4all.co.uk Captain Corelli s Mandolin is set in the early days of the second world war, before Benito Mussolini invaded Greece Dr Iannis practices medicine on the island of Cephalonia, accompanied by his daughte Captain Corelli s Mandolin is set in the early days of the second world war, before Benito Mussolini invaded Greece Dr Iannis practices medicine on the island of Cephalonia, accompanied by his daughter, Pelagia, to whom he imparts much of his healing art Even when the Italians do invade, life isn t so bad at first anyway The officer in command of the Italian garrison is the cultured Captain Antonio Corelli, who responds to a Nazi greeting of Heil Hitler with his own Heil Puccini , and whose most precious possession is his mandolin It isn t long before Corelli and Pelagia are involved in a heated affair despite her engagement to a young fisherman, Mandras, who has gone off to join Greek partisans Love is complicated enough in wartime, even when the lovers are on the same side And for Corelli and Pelagia, it becomes increasingly difficult to negotiate the minefield of allegiances, both personal and political, as all around them atrocities mount, former friends become enemies and the ugliness of war infects everyone it touches British author Louis de Berni res is well known for his forays into magical realism in such novels as The War of Don Emmanuel s Nether Parts, Se or 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 Berni res seems interested in dissecting the nature of history as he tells his ever darkening tale from many different perspectives Captain 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.Corelli's Mandolin

Novelist Louis de Berni res was born in London in He joined the army at but left after spending four months at Sandhurst After graduating from the Victoria University of Manchester, he took a postgraduate certificate in Education at Leicester Polytechnic and obtained his MA at the University of London Before writing full time, he held many varied jobs including landscape gardener, motorcycle messenger and car mechanic He also taught English in Colombia, an experience which determined the style and setting of his first three novels, The War of Don Emmanuel s Nether Parts , Se or Vivo and the Coca Lord and The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman , each of which was heavily influenced by South American literature, particularly magic realismIn , he was selected as one of the Best of Young British Novelists promotion in Granta magazine His fourth novel, Corelli s Mandolin, was published in the following year, winning the Commonwealth Writers Prize Best Book It was also shortlisted for the Sunday Express Book of the Year Set on the Greek island of Cephalonia during the Second World War, the novel tells the story of a love affair between the daughter of a local doctor and an Italian soldier It has become a worldwide bestseller and has now been translated into over languages A film adaptation of the novel was released in , and the novel has also been adapted for the stage In , Red Dog was published a collection of stories inspired by a statue of a dog encountered on a trip to a writers festival in Australia in Prizes and awards Commonwealth Writers Prize Eurasia Region, Best First Book The War of Don Emmanuel s Nether Parts Commonwealth Writers Prize Eurasia Region, Best Book Se or Vivo and the Coca Lord Sunday Express Book of the Year shortlist Corelli s Mandolin Commonwealth Writers Prize Overall Winner, Best Book Corelli s Mandolin Lannan Literary Award Fiction British Book Awards Author of the Year Whitbread Novel Award shortlist Birds Without Wings Commonwealth Writers Prize Eurasia Region, Best Book shortlist Birds Without Wings Top of page.

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    If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader are on the same side And for Corelli and Pelagia, it becomes increasingly difficult to negotiate the minefield of allegiances, both personal and political, as all around them atrocities mount, former friends become enemies and the ugliness of war infects everyone it touches British author Louis de Berni res is well known for his forays into magical realism in such novels as The War of Don Emmanuel s Nether Parts, Se or 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 Berni res seems interested in dissecting the nature of history as he tells his ever darkening tale from many different perspectives Captain 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."/>
  • Paperback
  • 437 pages
  • Corelli's Mandolin
  • Louis de Bernières
  • English
  • 13 May 2019
  • 067976397X

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  1. says:

    Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned awayDoctor Iannis Why, oh why did I wait twenty years to read this enchanting novel Being something of a contrarian, I didn t succumb to the rampant Corellimania that existed after this novel s release in 1994, but I m especially pleased that I have now righted this wrong.Berni res serves up a Greek wartime love story that is as multi layered as a Sunday moussaka.Set on the Ionian island of Cephalonia during Italian anLove itself is what is left over when being in love has burned awayDoctor Iannis Why, oh why did I wait twenty years to read this enchanting novel Being something of a contrarian, I didn t succumb to the rampant Corellimania that existed after this novel s release in 1994, but I m especially pleased that I have now righted this wrong.Berni res serves up a Greek wartime love story that is as multi layered as a Sunday moussaka.Set on the Ionian island of Cephalonia during Italian and German WWII occupation, the book hits the ground running Before you ve even sniffed the mezze, Louis conjures up a delightful opening scene in Dr Iannis s surgery that should have you chuckling out loud before you can shout taramasalata Admittedly, Berni res does go off the rails for a bit, retreating into a one man word orgy, all too pleased with his own authorial genius This results in some superfluity in the early chapters.But don t worry, stick with it, fellow bibliophiles once this frippery subsides, the main players are introduced and the story gathers momentum.Doctor Iannis, and daughter Pelagia, are the beating heart of a modern fable that even Aesop would have been proud to put his name to Girl power Pelagia, whose presence is intrinsic to the story, is brought up to be fiercely independent, as her father knows only too well that wartime Greece is resolutely patriarchal We also learn about in the closet, Italian man mountain, Carlo Piero Guercio, who was previously sent on a suicide mission to wintry Albania where beards became stalactites and soldiers purposely shit themselves in order to savour some momentary warmth.Happily, Carlo s repressed homosexuality, and his unassailable bravery, is written with the nobility it deservesI am exploding with the fire of love and there is none to accept it or nourish it,he laments.Apparently, Berni res has done a huge disservice to the memory of the real life Greek freedom fighters, who fought valiantly against their oppressors but, from a purely artistic standpoint, the timeless futility of war is exemplified within these pages to such a degree that it makes Catch 22 seem a mere Catch 11 in comparison.Enter reluctant warrior, Captain Antonio Corelli, heading a ragtag troop of Italian soldiers who march into Cephalonia pulling funny faces and blowing kisses at signorinas.You might be pleased to know that despite a copious infusion of delightful humour, the author ensures that the stark horrors of war are not expunged And there is a passage, approaching the last part of the book, that is so lion hearted, so profoundly sad, and so utterly moving that I had to put the book down to allow my emotion to subside.The populace, and the soldiers themselves, are starving, but between the rocks of such hardship, fragile love affairs begin to blossom And, as in all good love stories, there is a great deal of sacrifice and heartache to be found One such example is that heroic Carlo secretly harbours a profound a for Captain Corelli which, crushingly, has to remain secret.By the end of this sweeping epic, I have a feeling that most of you will have grown to love Carlo, Antonio, Iannis and Pelagia as much as I did.Such was my excitement in the reading of this book I, of course, began smashing plates on the kitchen floor, shoutingOpa God, it truly was a great read, fully deserving of all five stars

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    This is two books The first half is without doubt one of the best novels I have ever read The writing even in translation is lyrical clearly, every word was carefully chosen The characters are exquisitely drawn with humor and humanity The plot, centering on the Italian invasion of a remote Greek island in WWII, is a wonderfully engaging love story It flows amiably along to a logical and satisfying, if not quite happy, ending Unfortuntely, things don t stop there The second half of This is two books The first half is without doubt one of the best novels I have ever read The writing even in translation is lyrical clearly, every word was carefully chosen The characters are exquisitely drawn with humor and humanity The plot, centering on the Italian invasion of a remote Greek island in WWII, is a wonderfully engaging love story It flows amiably along to a logical and satisfying, if not quite happy, ending Unfortuntely, things don t stop there The second half of the book is drek One gets the feeling that de Bernieres presented his publishers with a perfect novella and was told make it longer or, perhaps, but you have to finish the story Whatever the cause, the change in pace, use of language, and sheer thoughtfulness is jarring It s as if the author completely lost interest in his characters, but felt obliged to carry them to some long term conclusion It s a crying shame, because if this book had stopped where it should have, it would be one of the greatest books of the 20th 21st century

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    The presence of intrepidly sudden breaks from romantic conventions is what makes Corelli s Mandolin alongside its romantic older brother, book two of his Latin American trilogy, the devastating love tale Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord one of the MOST ROMANTIC novels of ALL TIME On par with Gone With the Wind, other epics like Cold Mountain The English Patient, it truly was, to this impressionable though selective reader, what is the equivalent of a wondrous trip to Adult Disne The presence of intrepidly sudden breaks from romantic conventions is what makes Corelli s Mandolin alongside its romantic older brother, book two of his Latin American trilogy, the devastating love tale Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord one of the MOST ROMANTIC novels of ALL TIME On par with Gone With the Wind, other epics like Cold Mountain The English Patient, it truly was, to this impressionable though selective reader, what is the equivalent of a wondrous trip to Adult Disneyland, where surprises loom ever near, and whimsy runs amok.But what makes this utterly brilliant is the prose on top of an unpredictable and thrilling plot The writer is this supernova de Bernieres all 4 of his novels at this point are in my Must Read List Here, you realize exactly WHY you read WHY people bother to write if you are Louis De Bernieres you simply cannot not keep producing The gift is almost mythical, and you are compelled to feel that the auteur has had the TIME of his LIFE writing this, writing and falling head over heels in love with his creation which, indeed, depicts LOVE and is, itself, wholly a product of love the love of beautiful prose.In Corelli , the tricks and poetics already explored in the often lauded Latin American trilogy, collaborate onceto make a solid work of art As is customary, just as this tale takes one of its manifold dark turns, when times in the Greek island are dire, desperate and almost hopeless, the titular character appears drives the darkness away This, as if a gift from the Greek gods themselves Or the gift from a master to his drooling spectator.This, his fourth amazing concoction, puts in evidence the fact that not ALL magic realism belongs to sir Garcia Marquez Louis de Bernieres brand is all his own humorous, unpredictably playful and savagely biting The effect lasts outside of the book the novel is a rotund success My favorite of Louis de Bernieres so far.I devoured Corelli s Mandolin like some bon vivant living in the 20th century Like a character in one of his novels, in fact I became for a full two days, a blissful accomplice, just grateful to be nothing but a hoodwinked voyeur

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    The ancient Greeks treated tragedy and comedy as separate genres But this Greek drama is a hybrid Tragedy on the large and small canvas comedy from individual characters Such contrasts can strengthen one s reaction to both extremes, but for me, this particular book might have worked better if de Berni res had focused primarily on one or the other.I see its charm This is a feelgood book, filled with bucolic delights, entertaining Characters borderline caricatures and slapstick , and saccha The ancient Greeks treated tragedy and comedy as separate genres But this Greek drama is a hybrid Tragedy on the large and small canvas comedy from individual characters Such contrasts can strengthen one s reaction to both extremes, but for me, this particular book might have worked better if de Berni res had focused primarily on one or the other.I see its charm This is a feelgood book, filled with bucolic delights, entertaining Characters borderline caricatures and slapstick , and saccharine sun But they are contrasted with war, loss, and the pragmatics of making do Humour, love, and music soften the graphically portrayed toll of war and tectonics.Some of the writing is beautiful, and some of it is funny I was captivated by the opening paragraph and loved the first chapter But I was bored by the second chapter, and nervous when I started the third The final, near contemporary, chapters were simultaneously predictable and implausible It s as if de Berni res wanted a happy ish ending, but not a happy middle, and went to ludicrous lengths to achieve it.That patchy experience, with many different voices, styles, and genres, was repeated throughout a bitty book, hence a bitty review Like a visitor to the island, I ambled from beautiful beaches to rocky outcrops, along smooth pavements and disintegrating paths, from mountains to fields, from tourist towns to ancient villages, ever unsure of what I would encounter next Maybe the rose tinted hues of sangria would have helped I think this is probably an objective 4 , but my experience ranged from 2 to 4 , averaging 3 The Distorting Lenses of History and Ideology History repeats itself, first as tragedy, and then again as tragedy. More no plot spoilers view spoiler Cephallonia was settled so long ago that a veil blurs the boundary between myth and history It is sometimes claimed as the home of Odysseus, and today, the enormous ancient olive trees have an air of patient omniscience The backdrop is a detailed history of the Italian and then German occupation in WW2, including international geopolitics and detailed battle tactics Not my thing Fortunately, de Berni res tells the story from local perspectives, as well as that of global victors Italian soldier, Carlo Guercio, believes history should be the anecdotes of the little people he himself is physically huge Dr Iannis is little in the grand scheme of things, but a figure of towering importance in his village He spends many years writing a detailed history of the island, but is frustrated that his own passion makes objectivity impossible, creating not so much a history as a lament Or a tirade And then history happens before my very eyes Later, his daughter, Pelagia, continues his work, putting her own spin on things Many characters are deeply conscious of their roots But the atrocities of war, driven by persuasive demagogues touting totalitarian ideologies communist and fascist transform minds, hearts, loyalties, and lives forever.People are separated from their heritage, their future, their families, and even their sanity If you believe strongly enough in your cause, Death is not an enemy, but a brother , whether to embrace for its own sake, or to save others.In the final chapters, capitalism, tourism, and hedonism herald further transformation for those on the island hide spoiler Love of All Kinds at its Heart Love delayed is lust augmented. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away But sometimes the petals fall away and the roots have not entwined. More no plot spoilers view spoiler Love is at the heart of this story It has a big heart, and central to it all is the widowed Doctor Iannis and his daughter Pelagia seventeen at the start I loved them both, and their gentle idyll with its mock contretemps, its tranquil routines, and its congenial eccentricities There is young love, old love, a love triangle, parent child love, love for a stranger s child, unrequited taboo love, love across other boundaries a dark secret that everybody knew , love for animals Psipsina, the pine marten, and Pelagia s goat shades of Gerald Durrell , love of country, and love of music opera in the latrine, and the eponymous mandolin Antonio Corelli is musicianthan soldier He plays his mandolin with nightingales in his fingers and a symphony of expressions was passing over his face Pelagia realises music is an emotion and intellectual Odyssey There is a whole chapter where he muses on his instrument being a metaphor for the woman he loves The hopeful message is that however hard life is, love for someone, or something, makes it bearable as long as that love is not for excessive food or drink, or for a dangerous ideology hide spoiler L Omosessuale I am mentioned almost nowhere, but where I find myself, I find myself condemned. More no plot spoilers view spoiler Several early chapters explore the inner agony of a man s secret love for a straight man These are powerful, painful passages Later, it felt likeof an occasional, external, but nevertheless crucial plot point It was just one of the ways the unpredictable variability of style, tone, and content unbalanced me I am a foreigner within my own nation, an alien in my own race I am as detested as cancer To me the company of a woman is painful because it reminds me of what I am not A guilty man wishes only to be understood, because to be understood is to appear to be forgiven No one knows that I am guilty gay , and nonetheless I wish to be understood hide spoiler The Changing Role of Women The story stretches from 1941 to 1993, a period of great social change on the island, especially for women More no plot spoilers view spoiler At the start, the doctor has almost scandalously progressive ideas, so Pelagia is educated, independently minded, and won t get a dowry This, at a time when marriage is likely to be childbirth and relentless work , with no freedom until widowhood when the community would turn against her Yet in middle age, Pelagia finds herself disapproving of how Antonia juggles career and motherhood There is no answer to having it all hide spoiler Excusing Evil There s a chapter titled The Good Nazi More no plot spoilers view spoiler It s easy to label people and events in binary terms, but simplification masks uncomfortable truths A strength of this book is the conflict created in the reader s mind by the compassion used when portraying those who commit unspeakable acts G nter Weber and others are seen, in part, as a victims of circumstance or gullibility, maddened and broken by his own dutiful atrocities , or finding redemption through sacrifice Perhaps this generosity reflects the islanders tradition of being hospitable even to those who do not merit it They ridicule, prank, inconvenience, and try to exploit the Italian invaders the Germans, not so much , wary of being thought collaborators, but mostly coming to mutual, somewhat uneasy acceptance They grudgingly feed the hand that bites them This is Cephallonian meat pie except that thanks to your people, it doesn t have any meat in it. hide spoiler Sesquipedalian Vocabulary How can anyone be hyperbolically bisexual More no plot spoilers view spoiler I love rich and unusual words, but at times, especially in the first quarter, de Berni res was over generous with his profusion of obscure, and sometimes invented words, mostly via the delightful, multi lingual doctor stalagmitic, prestidigitation, effulgent, iatric mystique, eleusinian, iconostasis, stertoriously, corybantic, sternutatory, for example hide spoiler Satirising a Demagogue A leaflet trashing Mussolini is anonymously written, printed, and distributed on the island I read it in the final days of the US election of 2016, and finished my review the day Donald J Trump was declared President Elect a man whose candidacy was first treated as comedy, but now feelslike tragedy More no plot spoilers view spoiler He believes his own propaganda Something is not true, even though everyone who knew Him in those days remembers it perfectly He diverted funds for His own election campaign He has pretended to be a Catholic He gerrymanders, appoints only sycophants, oppresses minorities, and approves of torture He has assumed infallibility and encouraged the people to carry His image in marches, as though He were saint He agreed completely with the last person he spoke to Everything in his speeches is contradicted somewhere by another speech But the speeches of a lunatic are treated as sacred texts hide spoiler National istic Stereotypes The first batch were mildly amusing and the style was reminiscent of Yes, Prime Minister, for example view spoiler Hacker Don t tell me about the press I know exactly who reads the papers the Daily Mirror is read by people who think they run the country The Guardian is read by people who think they ought to run the country The Times is read by people who actually do run the country the Daily Mail is read by the wives of the people who run the country the Financial Times is read by people who own the country The Morning Star is read by people who think the country ought to be run by another country and The Daily Telegraph is read by people who think it is.Sir Humphrey Prime Minister, what about the people who read The Sun Bernard Sun readers don t care who runs the country, as long as she s got big tits hide spoiler.But as they kept coming, they lost their sheen More no plot spoilers view spoiler The well travelled and well read doctor opines Germany is taking everything, the Italians are playing the fool, the French have run away, the Belgians have been overrun whilst they were looking the other way, the Poles have been charging tanks with cavalry, the Americans have been playing baseball, the British have been drinking tea and adjusting their monocles, the Russians have been sitting on their hands except when voting unanimously to do whatever they are told Italians always act without thinking A German plans a month in advance what his bowel movements will be and the British plan everything in retrospect, so it always looks as though everything occurred as they intended The French plan everything whilst appearing to be having a party, and the Spanish well, God knows An unnamed narrator observes 1953 Great Britain was less wealthy than it is now, but it was also less complacent, and considerably less useless It had a sense of humanitarian responsibility and a myth of its own importance that was quixotically true and universally accepted merely because it believed in it It had not yet acquired the schoolboy habit of for waiting months for permission from Washington before it clambered out of its post imperial bed, put on its boots, made a sugary cup of tea, and ventured through the door And near the end, a teenage boy compares girls Italian girls were best, and English girls were useless unless inebriated German girls were technicians, Spanish girls uncontrollable and melodramatic, and French girls were so vain you had to pretend to be in love with them from the start hide spoiler Enchanting Isle Quotes An island so immense in antiquity that the very rocks themselves exhale nostalgia and the red earth lies stupefied not only by the sun, but by the impossible weight of memory More no plot spoilers view spoiler Since ancient times, the island had been a prodigy of wonders with a saint unique to itself, and it was as if his numinous power was too great and too effulgent to be contained within himself The Acqui Division surrendered to its charms, had sunk back into its cushions, closed its eyes and become enclosed in a gentle dream We forgot to be soldiers Mountains ringed to infinity by the churning masses of the sea hide spoiler Other Quotes A gibbous moon slid filaments of eerie silver light through the slats of the shutters More no plot spoilers view spoiler The extreme vestal chastity of this light Short of words even in his inner speech a prodigy of slow endurance Alekos, an old goat herd An anthropomorphised promissory note Father Arsenios The innumerable smiles of the waves , by Aeschylus, who obviously never went to sea in the winter It is impossible to escape those monsters that devour us from the inner depths The only solution is to wrestle with them, or ignore them Symmetry is only a property of dead things and buildings Symmetry is for God, not for us The Morse code of virgin light glancing after the perpetual motion of the waters Unravelling wool that had kinked and interwound upon itself in an attempt to resume the knotted configurations of its former state Pelagia did not understand why wool should be nostalgic in this way They became lovers in the old fashioned sense chaste, but planning for the future His mouth working wordlessly like an improvident fish that a wave has tossed unsuspectingly on a spit of sand Tanks perspiring with the inhuman smell of oil and heated steel A night that was made sepulchral by the attenuated and dancing shadows of trees and men that were cast out by the leaping orange pyres The ancient olive made obeisance to the ground and split cleanly before springing upright and shaking its branches like a palsied Nazarene I am my own ghost I have been eaten up like bread All my happiness was smoke A man who smelled of exactly the correct admixture of virility and aftershave The silent and deserted remains of the little houses that had all the appearance of regret and loneliness hide spoiler Why I read thisIn accordance with comment 25 here, I read this and Kevin read Galapagos Image source for tragedy comedy masks

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    De Bernieres style falls between Vonnegut and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and if that doesn t make your head spin and pants feel hot then I don t know what will It s ridiculously European, in every good sense of the word It s an epic romance for nihilists and atheists.The only two horrors come from the realization that the book is now out of print, and that it was already filmed with Nicolas Cage and Penelope Cruz Satan s hand is everywhere unseen

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    Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC s Big Read Poll of 2003.I ve had this book for years after accidentally stealing it from College we were asked to pick two books on a table to take home over the Summer to read and I chose this and Catch 22, but when I returned the following term I was in a different class and simply forgot, about half a dozen times, to return them and subsequently have had it since and have finally gotten around to reading it after start Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC s Big Read Poll of 2003.I ve had this book for years after accidentally stealing it from College we were asked to pick two books on a table to take home over the Summer to read and I chose this and Catch 22, but when I returned the following term I was in a different class and simply forgot, about half a dozen times, to return them and subsequently have had it since and have finally gotten around to reading it after starting and stopping it a few times.It is kind of a story of two halves, one concerning the Second World War occupation of the Greek island of Cephallonia and the other concerning the inhabitants of said island as they deal with the war, love and attempts at writing Greek histories.It is sublimely written in places there were times when I was completely lost in the prose, especially when Berini res wrote about love in exactly the way I feel about it and not many authors have ever been able to convey beforeLove is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides And when it subsides, you have to make a decision You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part Because this is what love is Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion, it is not the desire to mate every second minute of the day, it is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every cranny of your body No, don t blush, I am telling you some truths That is just being in love , which any fool can do Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident But then there were times when it was just dull and uninviting and I felt like it had dived too hard to the bottom of the ocean and it didn t seem like it would ever rise to the surface again It was an odd journey to go on, not only as we follow the plot and the various love interests of the characters, but how the writing could go from the sublime to the rather ordinary.It is a beautiful book, but it was just let down by trying to be far superior with every single word, instead of having its moments and being satisfied with that Definitely one to pick up and, if you do, really try to stick with it through to the end because it will touch your soul, but you have to work for it.Blog Instagram Twitter Pinterest Shop Etsy

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    We should care for each otherthan we care for ideas, or else we will end up killing each otherLouis de Berni res, Corelli s MandolinThe sheer beauty and emotion that coats the pages of this book are breathtaking I laughed, I cried, I fell in love, and my heart was broken Eavesdropping on the horror of war, I found heroes in the unlikeliest places and, at the end, I wanted to hurl the book across the room To evoke such passion is the true sign of a great writer.The setting is theWe should care for each otherthan we care for ideas, or else we will end up killing each otherLouis de Berni res, Corelli s MandolinThe sheer beauty and emotion that coats the pages of this book are breathtaking I laughed, I cried, I fell in love, and my heart was broken Eavesdropping on the horror of war, I found heroes in the unlikeliest places and, at the end, I wanted to hurl the book across the room To evoke such passion is the true sign of a great writer.The setting is the Greek island of Cephalonia, and life is relaxed As I became invested, the monster of WWII rips its way through the lives of our new found friends I felt the horror of war, the strength of those left at home and the bravery of men on the front line Even in the despair of battle, love and compassion can be found The plot followed several key players as their lives unfold and, at the risk of giving too much away, I will merely urge you to read Captain Corelli s Mandolin This absorbing novel blurs the lines between comedy and tragedy The writing is poetic the story, epic

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    Lyrical Took my breath away and broke my heart Greece War Decency of soldiers Indecency of war Monsters Humans Where Cats Young girl s bed Old woman s dream Ending And of course the Mandolin Did I mention, Greece It is never too late Love may get ole but if it is real then it s never forgotten nor forgiven It can survive a war, it did and it survived them, in spite of each other It survived the shuffle in the company of humans.

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    This is the first time I ve ever given a book one starI actually feel sort of bad doing it Despite it being well written, it s pacing was terrible, and I really had to fight to get through it And then the ending oh the ending After trudging through nearly 600 pages, the ending was about the most unsatisying I have ever read I literally threw the book against the wall when I was done And some idiot decided to make a movie out of it, with Nic Cage as Corelli I can only imagine how awfu This is the first time I ve ever given a book one starI actually feel sort of bad doing it Despite it being well written, it s pacing was terrible, and I really had to fight to get through it And then the ending oh the ending After trudging through nearly 600 pages, the ending was about the most unsatisying I have ever read I literally threw the book against the wall when I was done And some idiot decided to make a movie out of it, with Nic Cage as Corelli I can only imagine how awful it must have been

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    Stunning Mesmerizing Remarkable Beautiful, beautiful love story I just scanned the 121 books that I ve already read belonging to 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die and there seem to be not too many books that could be considered as predominantly love stories There is Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice but we all knew about it even before actually reading the book so there was no element of surprise There is Haruki Murakami s Sputnik Sweetheart but it has fantasy interwoven in the story Stunning Mesmerizing Remarkable Beautiful, beautiful love story I just scanned the 121 books that I ve already read belonging to 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die and there seem to be not too many books that could be considered as predominantly love stories There is Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice but we all knew about it even before actually reading the book so there was no element of surprise There is Haruki Murakami s Sputnik Sweetheart but it has fantasy interwoven in the story like people disappearing in trees, people being transformed while riding a ferris wheel, etc so it is not a straightforward pure honest love story Also Sputnik fell out from the list in its 2010 version.Set in the beautiful island of Cephallonia now Kefalonia in Greece during World War II, Louis de Bernieres British, born 1954 Captain Corelli s Mandolin, first published in 1993, sizzles with love, music and honesty Love here is not just the usual erotic love between a man and a woman The main protagonist, the beautiful Pelagia is in love with the handsome gentleman, Mandras who joins the Greek guerilla Then Pelagia meets the mandolin playing Italian captain, Corelli and falls love for him too Theirs is a forbidden love since Pelagia is still betrothed to Mandras and Corelli is an Italian whose country is at war with Greece and the Allies Although living in the same house, they choose not to make love so as not to complicate the situation When they say their dreams they are always prefixed with After the war Love so painfully forbidden yet so pure and honest Right love in a wrong place and time.The other love is fatherly love between Pelagia and her doctor father, Dr Iannis Theirs is a nurturing love based on respect and trust There is a scene where Dr Iannis is telling Pelagia that he sees the love blossoming between Pelagia and Corelli He does not condone it He just gives the consequences of continuing that love Pelagia takes it maturely When the time comes that my own daughter falls in love with a man, I hope I ll have the same fortitude and maturity that Dr Iannis has in that scene Powerful.The last significant love that this novel includes is the homosexual heroic love that Carlo, one of the Greek soldiers, has to his fellow but subordinate soldier, Francesco Carlo keeps his love within himself they are in the Army so that kind of love is taboo When the latter dies, Carlo is devastated because he failed to save him Then Carlo meets Corelli who is his superior This time he shields his body that spared Corelli s life during the Aqui Massacre September 1943when German soldiers killed by open fire 400,000 Italian soldiers This was the time when Germany was about to lose the war to Allies and they went into killing sprees everywhere in Europe That historical scene is depicted in details in this book that you will surely feel numbed to read another gigantic monstrosity the Germans did during WWII I spent 4 days reading this 436 page book It s an easy read and I could have normally finished this in 2 3 days but Bernieres prose is so delectable that I decided to savor each word closing the book every now and then and imagine myself in that island, hearing the music of mandolin and seeing the face of the sumptuous Penelope Cruz who played the role of Pelagia in the 2001 film based on this book.I have the pirated copy of that film Many years ago, when I tried viewing it, I stopped after 5 10 minutes It was boring Now that I ve read and liked the book, I should dig my cabinets and give it another chance I just think that the balding Nicholas Cage was a miscast as Corelli BTW, De Berni res strongly disapproved of the film version, commenting,It would be impossible for a parent to be happy about its baby s ears being put on backwardsHe does however state that it has redeeming qualities, and particularly likes the soundtrack.My lawyer brother says that the books belonging to 501 Must Read Books yes that s another list and this book is in there too are those that are controversial and not necessarily well written After this book s publication in 1993, the island of Kefalonia became one of the island tourist destinations in Greece Also, obviously, this is well written and as it also landed 19 among 200 listed in Big Read, the 2004 survey done in UK where people voted for their favorite novels.Maybe writing about Alabat island, where I grew up, in Quezon will not be a bad idea Oh maybe someday

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