Captain Corelli's Mandolin
A Vintage original movie tie-in edition featuring cover art and movie still photos. A brilliant film adaptation of Louis de Bernières’ bestselling novel, shot on location in Corfu and Cephallonia, is releasing in spring 2001, directed by Shakespeare in Love’s John Madden, co-produced by UIP, Working Title (Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral) and Le Studio Canal+. The film is being distributed worldwide by Buena Vista International. 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 ostracized by the locals, but as a conscientious but far from fanatical soldier whose main aim is to have a peaceful war, he proves in time to be civilized, humorous – and a consummate musician. When the local doctor’s daughter’s letter to her fiancé – and members of the underground – 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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I found this book difficult to get into. However, once I did get into it (maybe around the 100 page mark), I found it very enjoyable. The ending seemed to drag on a little but not too much. The characters and the historical setting were very interesting. I've read many books about, or based upon, WWII, but most have focussed upon either Germany, England, France or America. The focus upon Italy and Greece was refreshing.
For anyone struggling with this book - persevere! It is worth it.
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Just a beautiful, touching story. There's war, romance, and the pathos of lost time. 10/10 Read full review
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