Captain Corelli's mandolin

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Vintage, Jul 24, 2001 - Fiction - 534 pages
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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 byShakespeare 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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Chrissie, your book just arrived from Belgium, thanks!! It took me some time to get into this book since in the beginning they are too many characters to get know through the plot. This is the story ... Read full review

Contents

Dr Iannis Commences his History and is Frustrated
1
The Duce
10
The Strongman
19
Copyright

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About the author (2001)

Louis de Bernieres was born in 1954 in England to a military family, and spent four months in the British army in his late teens. When he was nineteen, he spent a year in Colombia where he wrote a short story about a true incident of violence that occurred there. Fifteen years later, while recuperating from a motorcycle accident, de Bernieres used that short story as the basis for the first volume of his Latin American Trilogy, The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts, Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord, and The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman. In the 1980s, de Bernieres worked as an auto mechanic and then as a supply teacher in London. In 1993 he took a holiday on the Greek island of Cephallonia. That became the setting for Captain Correlli's Mandolin, a novel of war, love, and heroism, which remained on the (London) Times bestseller list for four years. It has sold more than 600,000 copies, has been reprinted in paperback more than thirty times, and has been translated into more than seventeen languages. De Bernieres was named one of Granta's 20 Best British Novelists in 1993, and Author of the Year 1998 by England's Publishing News.

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