25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION - WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHOR
'A true diamond of a novel, glinting with comedy and tragedy' Daily Mail
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 fiancé 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?
'Louis de Bernières is in the direct line that runs through Dickens and Evelyn Waugh...he has only to look into his world, one senses, for it to rush into reality, colours and touch and taste' Evening Standard
Love conquers war
Wonderfully woven story of how life before, during, and after World War II in the Ionian Islands of Greece. It’s a long read and sometimes hard to follow the chronology as the structure isn’t so straightforward. Sometimes slow, sometimes fast. The examination of the different varieties of love is especially touching. Absolutely worth a read.
Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Captivates the beauty and rawness of Cephalonia within it's 20 Century history, which witnessed the sheer brutality of mankind and the imprisonment of its inhabitants. Both painful and captivating a read such that it feels that every written word was exactly as if it had actually happened. A masterpiece of story-telling which makes the famous same titled film feel like a Jack and Jill story.