This is my review of Captain Corellis Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres, which I listened to as an audio book whilst travelling over the Christmas-New Year Period.
I thought I knew the story as had seen the film a few years ago, but to my surprise I found that the original, was fairly different to the film in so much as the film sort of stopped half way through the book and then cut to the end, which was rewritten anyway.
The level of descriptive language was fantastic, and perfect as an audio book as one could imagine the Greek island of Cephallonia in all its glory.
Anyway I am jumping the gun a little, the story is set on the Greek island of Cephallonia, and is invaded by the Italians in 1941. To ensure that the local doctor - Dr Iannis, can get supplies he agrees with the Italian quartermaster to have an Italian Captain billeted with them, in return for whatever he needs.
Captain Corelli is the person chosen. Though a captain in the local Italian Artillery, his main love is music, especially playing the mandolin. Dr Iannis has a daughter Pelagia, who of course falls for Captain Corelli.
There are some shocking events described as the island changes hands to the Germans, which I wont go into here. The end of the war comes and in the film this is near then end, but in the book, this is only about halfway.
The book then goes on to describe Pelagia's life till she is in her seventies and a grandmother. It is a lovely tale of love, war, humour, sadness and optimism. The book manages to tug at all the emotions. Quite a fitting book for the end of the year, and the start of a new one.
This was book 50 week 33 fiction 46 (14 on audio) non fiction 4
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