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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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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 6, 2000

    Excellent reading

    Being Greek this book touched my soul. The facts were very well written as were the fictional parts of this beautiful book. Highly recommend it. A hint.. you may need a Greek, Italian, French, German, and English dictionary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2000

    The best book since sliced bread!

    This a book that will make you laugh, that will pull you into the story, and will probablly make you cry. You can't put this book down once you start. This book also makes you see the harsh truth of what soldiers must put up with to give [us] freedom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 1999

    One of the best

    I was thoroughly entranced and fascinated by this book. Long after I had finished it, I was musing over and enjoying the aftertaste. Besides being one of the richest books I've read (the scene and characters are real), it is also one of the funniest. (Only 'Catch-22' mad me laugh as 'Corelli's Mandolin' did). If someone asked me what books I owned, I'd start my list with this one.

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