Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres **** (of 4)
On its surface it is a story of the Italian occupation of the Greek island of Cefalonia during WWII. Captain Corelli, of the Italian armed forces, is billeted in a simple Greek home inhabited by a doctor, his sagacious daughter, and a pine martin that acts like a cat. De Bernieres incomparably constructs characters through who’s eyes we see the dehumanization of war and the simultaneous unfolding of love between father and daughter, and daughter and Captain; a love built, as the doctor says, “when the roots of neighboring trees intertwine to form an inseparable entanglement.” I laughed out loud in places, and in others, I was glad I was listening to the recorded book alone, so no one could see the tears welling in my eyes. July 2006.
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[…] who get along and then are split apart by World War I or II, I can’t recall. Read Corelli’s Mandolin instead, by the same author, because it is one of the best books I’ve ever read. May 2007. […]
[…] found it difficult to connect. A far better account of the war and Nazi occupation can be found in Corelli’s Mandolin. I think what makes the critics react are the appendices. Nemerovsky sensed she was going to die at […]