Corelli's Mandolin

Corelli's Mandolin

A Novel

Book - 1994
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Extravagant, inventive, emotionally sweeping, this rich and lyrical, heartbreaking and hilarious novel has been widely hailed as a classic. Set on the peaceful island of Cephallonia, just as the horrors of World World II reach its remote shores, "Corelli's Mandolin" is "an exuberant mixture of history and romance, written with a wit that is incandescent".--"Los Angeles Times Book Review". The basis for the major motion picture "Captain Corelli's Mandolin", starring Nicholas Cage. Abridged 3 CDs.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon, 1994.
ISBN: 9780679436447
0679436448
Branch Call Number: DEBE
Characteristics: 436 p. 24 cm.

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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 07, 2014

A powerful operatic novel set on a lovely Greek island during WWII. The story is not always an easy read with it's brutal description of war; however, the author's gentle humour prevails throughout and Captain Corelli proves that even in war one can be civilized, charming and ever so much in love.

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vwruleschick
May 16, 2013

Love, war, and now add Italians and Germans, makes for one twisted story on this Greek island during WWII. Madras and Pelagia are engaged, but there is a long road ahead of them if they are to make it. Antonio makes an interesting love triangle with his mandolin. Plus follow Carlos struggle as he fights on two fronts to work out his feelings for his affections. Now the Germans take over the Greeks or will there be freedom for them? Rough read, but not as corny as the movie.

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pridi_o
Nov 29, 2012

It is a great book: funny, intelligent, wise, and at times utterly sad. The language is poetic and very beautiful. Recommend to everyone!

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Microbes
Sep 22, 2012

a favorite of Emma Thompson

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doroschelch
Aug 08, 2012

The kitschy ending is unworthy of this otherwise well researched and well written historical novel.

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TheDukeRules
Feb 09, 2012

Difficult to get into at first but well worth the effort -- great story!

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wissa
Oct 27, 2011

LOVED this book!

SB2000 May 16, 2011

Justr about the perfect love-story. Humorous, tragic, immensely human. Strangley, I have not enjoyed othr works by de Bernieres, but I love this! Do NOT watch the movie!

diesellibrarian Nov 29, 2010

An epic love story. And a war story. But above all, a human story. The movie doesn't come close to doing it justice.

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Darrelln
Feb 27, 2010

This is almost my favorite book. It's a happy romance and extremely well written.

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