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Captain Corelli's mandolin

De Bernieres, Louis, 1954-2001
Moving from tenderness and sardonic wit to clinical horror, this epic novel encompasses cruelty, humour, love and friendship, hope and despair. 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 ostracised by the locals but over time he proves himself to be civilised, humorous and a consummate musician. When Pelagia, the local doctor's daughter, finds her letters to her fiance go unanswered, Antonio and Pelagia draw close and 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?
Main title:
Captain Corelli's mandolin / Louis de Bernieres.
London : Vintage, 1995.
434 pages. ; 20 cm.
Originally published: London: Secker & Warburg, 1994.
9780749397548 (pbk)0749397543 (pbk)
Index terms:
English fictionAR 8.1Second World WarHigher EnglishWorld War IIGreeceLoveRelationshipsWarleastreadbookLove storyBookgroup
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