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Friday, January 11, 2019

Corelli's Mandolin (1994) by Louis de Bernières

Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Nicolas Cage played the eponymous Captain Corelli in the movie version of the book.
Book Review
Corelli's Mandolin (1994)
by Louis de  Bernières


  I supposed I avoided Corelli's Mandolin because I could only think of the Nicholas Cage starring movie version (with Penelope Cruz playing the Greek love interest)- 28% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Also, I spent a year or so looking for a book called Captain Corelli's Mandolin- which is the name of the book in the UK and the movie version, but not the name of the US edition of the book.  I read the Ebook- it took forever- Corelli's Mandolin is 550 pages in paperback, meaning more than a thousand pages read in Eformat.

  At the least the book presents a marginally fresh take on a little known part of World War II- the Italian and German invasion of Greece, told from the perspective of an omnipotent third party narrator and a variety of characters: Corelli, the Italian Captain with the soul of a musician,  Dr. Iannis- the local daughter, and his strong willed daughter Pelagia. There is also a galaxy of supporting characters and even interludes told from the perspective of historical figures like Benito Mussolini.  The Author obviously took pride in his historical research- he says in much in an afterword, but at it's heart Corelli's Mandolin is a very typical "international best-seller" that deals with the theme of love during war-time.

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