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Corelli's mandolin : a novel

Author: Louis De Bernières
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st Vintage International edView all editions and formats
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A captivating and mystical story of life and love during the wartime Italian occupation of the isolated Greek island of Cephallonia. Extravagant, inventive, emotionally sweeping, this rich and lyrical, heartbreaking and hilarious novel has been widely hailed as a classic. Set on the peaceful island of Cephallonia, just as the horrors of World War II reach its remote shores, Corelli's Mandolin is "an exuberant  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Miscellaneous fiction
Fiction
History
Historical fiction
War stories
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Louis De Bernières
ISBN: 067976397X 9780679763970 0679436448 9780679436447
OCLC Number: 33121776
Notes: Originally published as: Captain Corelli's mandolin. London : Secker & Warburg, 1994.
"Vintage International."
Description: 437 pages ; 23 cm
Other Titles: Captain Corelli's mandolin
Responsibility: by Louis De Bernières.

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A captivating and mystical story of life and love during the wartime Italian occupation of the isolated Greek island of Cephallonia. Extravagant, inventive, emotionally sweeping, this rich and lyrical, heartbreaking and hilarious novel has been widely hailed as a classic. Set on the peaceful island of Cephallonia, just as the horrors of World War II reach its remote shores, Corelli's Mandolin is "an exuberant mixture of history and romance, written with a wit that is incandescent" (Los Angeles Times Book Review). 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 midst of the occupation are Pelagia, a willful, beautiful young woman, and the two suitors vying for her love and affection: Mandras, a gentle fisherman turned ruthless, murderous 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.

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