Monday, 21 September 2009

Captain Corelli's Mandolin



I have just finished reading what is probably Louis de Berniere's most famous novel, and have decided to review it as I would strongly recommend it to any readers out there! I haven't actually seen the film, which I hear is not as good as the book.

Captain Corelli's Mandolin is a love story set against the historical backdrop of the second world war. Captain Antonio Corelli is posted on the Greek island of Cephallonia, where he falls in love with a local girl, Pelagia, the doctor's daughter. Despite the hardships of the war, life on Cephallonia is relatively idyllic, until the war really sets in, and threatens to ravage all in its path...

This is a heartwarming novel with comic elements, juxtaposed against the horrific representations of war, combined with particularly emotive scenes. I felt one of the main themes was change: how people change, how war changes, how time changes us... The novel is full of twists and turns, so be prepared to be surprised!

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