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Corelli's Mandolin

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

The Horrors and Idiocy of World War II

This remarkable book brilliantly captures both the horrors and idiocy of the Second World War without leaving the confines of the small Greek island of Cephalonia. De Bernieres obviously loves his characters, and consequently so does the reader. The book swings from ri...
This remarkable book brilliantly captures both the horrors and idiocy of the Second World War without leaving the confines of the small Greek island of Cephalonia. De Bernieres obviously loves his characters, and consequently so does the reader. The book swings from rich humor to abject misery effectively, and the love story between Pelagia, a Greek woman, and Antonio, an officer of the Italian army that is occupying the island, is real and touching. Their love is an antidote to the barbarity closing in around them. The secondary characters also come to life, and Mussolini¿s monologues, interspersed among the chapters, are a brilliant commentary on megalomania. The descriptions of life in the village on Cephalonia are both funny and moving, the battle scenes are horrifying, and the indecision of the Italian army's brass is so stupefying it still makes you angry sixty years later. I was surprised that the book went beyond the war years right up to the `90s, a touch I had mixed feelings about. But overall I thought the book a modern classic. Too bad the movie wasn¿t up to the standards of the book; if you¿ve seen the movie don¿t be put off ¿ this is a touching book you will enjoy.

posted by Anonymous on May 19, 2004

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Good Story, but Too Drawn Out

I like the idea and even most of the characters for this story (though a few of them are caricatures), but the author was very long-winded. While it's good for the author to be intimately familiar with all the details and back story for the events and characters of his ...
I like the idea and even most of the characters for this story (though a few of them are caricatures), but the author was very long-winded. While it's good for the author to be intimately familiar with all the details and back story for the events and characters of his story, the reader doesn't need or want to know all of it. With Corelli's Mandolin, the author could have cut out a lot to give the story more impact.

posted by Maerajean on June 15, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2009

    witty and very entertaining

    The vocabulary can be quite crazy and strange which is challenging but also funny. This book is very funny and although, like many books, there are slow parts it is definately entertaining and at times hilarious! I'm sure if you read it you will find yourself chuckling. I definately recommend this book - it is a very fun read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2001

    EXOTIC LOCALE

    The visuals created of the people and the island make the book worth reading. Good story set in a beautiful locale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2001

    Captain Corelli and his Mandolin

    When my boyfriend recommended this book to me, I had high expectations. I found the first part of the book rather disappointing, a little slow at the beginning. It however, certainly picked up and made up for the slow start and by the end of the novel, I culd not put it down. I will certainly revisit this book in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2001

    Incredible novel, but...

    This is undoubtedly one of the best novels I have ever read, and not just because my family is from the island of Kefalonia. The author intertwined the history of the time and the fictional story very well. However, if you are looking for some insight into the history of the area during and after world war II, be careful. The book provides many mistruths regarding WWII and the civil war that occurred afterwards.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2000

    Almost Breathtaking

    The characters that have been created in this beautiful book have mesmerized me. Carlo, Dr. Iannis, Mandras and many others were wonderfully detailed. However, Pelagia may be a character that I will be unable to ever forget. The scene of Mandras returning to the sea and calling one last time for his dolphins, while to others may seem 'maudlin' to me it was one of the most significant points of the book. The last 70 or 80 pages did dissapoint me. Up till that time I could feel the passion but it seemed the author was looking for a way to end but just could not. Corelli's character, at the end, also dissapointed me. I can't believe the author made him that stupid. I did love the animal characters. Psipsina, the pine marten, made me love the characters even more. I would have to reccommend the book to my friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2008

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