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EPUB Ø MOBI Captain Corelli's Mandolin î FREE Ë LOUIS DE BERNIèRES ß Extravagant inventive emotionally sweeping Captain Corelli's Mandolin is the story of a timeless place that one day wakes up to find itself in the jaws of history The place is the Greek island of Cephallonia where gods Sarcophagus to cure the mad Then the tide of World War II rolls onto the island's shores in the form of the conuering Italian armyCaught in the occupation are Pelagia a willful beautiful young woman and the two suitors vying for her love Mandras a gentle fisherman turned ruthless guerilla and the char Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge based on the BBC's Big Read Poll of 2003I've had this book for years after accidentally stealing it from College we were asked to pick two books on a table to take home over the Summer to read and I chose this and Catch 22 but when I returned the following term I was in a different class and simply forgot about half a dozen times to return them and subseuently have had it since and have finally gotten around to reading it after starting and stopping it a few timesIt is kind of a story of two halves one concerning the Second World War occupation of the Greek island of Cephallonia and the other concerning the inhabitants of said island as they deal with the war love and attempts at writing Greek historiesIt is sublimely written in places there were times when I was completely lost in the prose especially when Beriniéres wrote about love in exactly the way I feel about it and not many authors have ever been able to convey before “Love is a temporary madness it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides And when it subsides you have to make a decision You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part Because this is what love is Love is not breathlessness it is not excitement it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion it is not the desire to mate every second minute of the day it is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every cranny of your body No don't blush I am telling you some truths That is just being in love which any fool can do Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away and this is both an art and a fortunate accident”But then there were times when it was just dull and uninviting and I felt like it had dived too hard to the bottom of the ocean and it didn't seem like it would ever rise to the surface again It was an odd journey to go on not only as we follow the plot and the various love interests of the characters but how the writing could go from the sublime to the rather ordinaryIt is a beautiful book but it was just let down by trying to be far superior with every single word instead of having its moments and being satisfied with that Definitely one to pick up and if you do really try to stick with it through to the end because it will touch your soul but you have to work for itBlog | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest | Shop | Etsy

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Ming mandolin playing Captain Corelli a reluctant officer of the Italian garrison on the island Rich with loyalties and betrayals and set against a landscape where the factual blends seamlessly with the fantastic Captain Corelli's Mandolin is a passionate novel as rich in ideas as it is genuinely movi Lyrical Took my breath away and broke my heart Greece War Decency of soldiers Indecency of war Monsters Humans Where Cats Young girl's bed Old woman's dream Ending And of course the Mandolin Did I mention Greece ? It is never too late Love may get ole but if it is real then it's never forgotten nor forgiven It can survive a war it did and it survived them in spite of each other It survived the shuffle in the company of humans

KINDLE Captain Corelli's Mandolin

Captain Corelli's MandolinExtravagant inventive emotionally sweeping Captain Corelli's Mandolin is the story of a timeless place that one day wakes up to find itself in the jaws of history The place is the Greek island of Cephallonia where gods once dabbled in the affairs of men and the local saint periodically rises from his Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away —Doctor IannisΑπαπα Why oh why did I wait twenty years to read this enchanting novel?Being something of a contrarian I didn't succumb to the rampant Corellimania that existed after this novel's release in 1994 but I'm especially pleased that I have now righted this wrongBernières serves up a Greek wartime love story that is as multi layered as a Sunday moussakaSet on the Ionian island of Cephalonia during Italian and German WWII occupation the book hits the ground running Before you’ve even sniffed the mezze Louis conjures up a delightful opening scene in Dr Iannis's surgery that should have you chuckling out loud before you can shout taramasalataAdmittedly Bernières does go off the rails for a bit retreating into a one man word orgy all too pleased with his own authorial genius This results in some superfluity in the early chaptersBut don't worry stick with it fellow bibliophiles; once this frippery subsides the main players are introduced and the story gathers momentumDoctor Iannis and daughter Pelagia are the beating heart of a modern fable that even Aesop would have been proud to put his name to Girl power Pelagia whose presence is intrinsic to the story is brought up to be fiercely independent as her father knows only too well that wartime Greece is resolutely patriarchal We also learn about in the closet Italian man mountain Carlo Piero Guercio who was previously sent on a suicide mission to wintry Albania where beards became stalactites and soldiers purposely shit themselves in order to savour some momentary warmthHappily Carlo's repressed homosexuality and his unassailable bravery is written with the nobility it deserves I am exploding with the fire of love and there is none to accept it or nourish it he lamentsApparently Bernières has done a huge disservice to the memory of the real life Greek freedom fighters who fought valiantly against their oppressors; but from a purely artistic standpoint the timeless futility of war is exemplified within these pages to such a degree that it makes Catch 22 seem a mere Catch 11 in comparisonEnter reluctant warrior Captain Antonio Corelli heading a ragtag troop of Italian soldiers who march into Cephalonia pulling funny faces and blowing kisses at signorinasYou might be pleased to know that despite a copious infusion of delightful humour the author ensures that the stark horrors of war are not expunged And there is a passage approaching the last part of the book that is so lion hearted so profoundly sad and so utterly moving that I had to put the book down to allow my emotion to subsideThe populace and the soldiers themselves are starving but between the rocks of such hardship fragile love affairs begin to blossom And as in all good love stories there is a great deal of sacrifice and heartache to be found One such example is that heroic Carlo secretly harbours a profound a for Captain Corelli which crushingly has to remain secretBy the end of this sweeping epic I have a feeling that most of you will have grown to love Carlo Antonio Iannis and Pelagia as much as I didSuch was my excitement in the reading of this book I of course began smashing plates on the kitchen floor shouting “Opa”God it truly was a great read fully deserving of all five stars