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Corelli's mandolin : a novel
Louis De Bernieres
Adult Fiction DE BERN

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From Publishers' Weekly:

De Bernières mixes history and fantasy in this love story set on an idyllic Greek island torn apart by Nazi occupation. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Set on the Greek island of Cephallonia, this splendid novel spans five decades beginning in the late 1930s just before the Axis forces occupy the island. Using myriad voices to chronicle the horrors of combat and the boredom of occupation, it is by turns funny, sad, and cruel. Corelli is an Italian army captain, a member of the first extraneous forces to occupy Cephallonia, and the lover of Pelagia Iannis. It is through Pelagia's voice that much of the story is revealed, but the chorus includes her father, various Greek villagers, Italian and Greek soldiers, and a goatherd. Besides showing considerable knowledge of historical events and of stringed instruments, the author reveals a keen ability to switch perspectives from young to old, monarchist to Communist, combat soldier to passive peasant, male to female. It doesn't matter that the plot becomes a bit sappy in the last 20 pages because most readers will have already guessed the conclusion and are reveling in the glitter of all that precedes it. Essential purchase for all fiction collections.-Olivia Opello, Onondaga Cty. P.L., Syracuse, N.Y. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Dr. Iannis
Male
Widower
Island historian.
Doctor

Pelagia
Female
Age: Teenager
Independent
Proud.

Mandras
Male
Fisherman

Antonio Corelli
Male
Italian
Mandolin player.
Army captain



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