Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Captain Corelli's Mandolin

by LouisDeBernieres (Author)


It is 1941 and Captain Antonio Corelli, a young Italian officer, is posted to the Greek island of Cephallonia as part of the occupying forces. At first he is ostracised by the locals, but as a conscien-tious but far from fanatical soldier, whose main aim is to have a peaceful war, he proves in time to be civilised, humorous - and a consumate musician. When the local doctor's daughter's letters to her fiance go unanswered, the working of the eternal triangle seems inevitable. But can this fragile love survive as a war of bestial savagery gets closer and the lines are drawn between invader and defender?


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 533
Edition: 1st Vintage Edition
Publisher: Vintage
Published: 01 Jun 1998

ISBN 10: 0749397543
ISBN 13: 9780749397548
Book Overview: The well-loved, bestselling story of love, history and heroism.
Prizes: Winner of Whitaker Platinum Book Award 2001 and Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best Book 1995. Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003 and The BBC Big Read Top 21 2003. Shortlisted for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.

Media Reviews
A tall tale and a serious work of literature...its reputation suggests that one should read it, and so far I would have to agree -- Nigel Rodenhurst Times Higher Education Hypnotic...a vast tapestry woven in tiny, colourful, intricate detail...a graphic and moving commentary on the futility of war. This magical book stayed in my head long after I had finished it -- Marian Keyes A wonderful epic has made him a name to conjure with. Both on the large and the small scale it is an absorbing and memorable book...the sweep, invention and warmth of the novel carries one effortlessly along -- Derwent May The Times Captain Corelli's Mandolin achieves that rare feat of saying something new about war...fusing with remarkable felicity the cosmic and the tragic, the lyrical and the epic... And without offering easy answers, it poses difficult questions about love and suspicion, trust and betrayal, faith and despair, creativity and destruction -- Andre Brink Times Literary Supplement Louis de Bernieres is in the direct line that runs through Dickens and Evelyn Waugh...he has only to look into his world, one senses, for it to rush into reality, colours and touch and taste Evening Standard
Author Bio
Louis de Bernieres is the best-selling author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin. His most recent novels are Birds Without Wings and A Partisan's Daughter.