Corelli's Mandolin: A Novel
Extravagant, inventive, emotionally sweeping, Corelli's Mandolin is the story of a timeless place that one day wakes up to find itself in the jaws of history. The place is the Greek island of Cephallonia, where gods once dabbled in the affairs of men and the local saint periodically rises from... show more
Extravagant, inventive, emotionally sweeping, Corelli's Mandolin is the story of a timeless place that one day wakes up to find itself in the jaws of history. The place is the Greek island of Cephallonia, where gods once dabbled in the affairs of men and the local saint periodically rises from his sarcophagus to cure the mad. Then the tide of World War II rolls onto the island's shores in the form of the conquering Italian army.Caught in the occupation are Pelagia, a willful, beautiful young woman, and the two suitors vying for her love: Mandras, a gentle fisherman turned ruthless guerilla, and the charming, mandolin-playing Captain Corelli, a reluctant officer of the Italian garrison on the island. Rich with loyalties and betrayals, and set against a landscape where the factual blends seamlessly with the fantastic, Corelli's Mandolin is a passionate novel as rich in ideas as it is genuinely moving.
Publish date: August 29th 1995
Pages no: 437
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, World War II
Got better as it went on. I liked the beginning with the various characters telling the story from their point of views. Interesting to see how war impacted an island close to Greece. After the earthquake, I had hoped Corelli would come back, which he did, but it was sad to see so few pages left.
Never going to read this or anything else by the same author. His politics are very likely foul. DNF
This story deals with the Italian invasion and occupation of Greece during World War II, and though the love story between Pelagia, a Greek woman, and Captain Corelli of the Italian army is important, I'd say the central character in this book is the Greek Island of Cephalonia itself where the story...
In the middle of last summer, I got a wild desire to read Captain Corelli's Mandolin. I searched and searched and searched for a copy -- in every bookstore I passed and the local library. I did not want to satisfy the desire to read the book with a copy obtained through the impersonal and anonymou...