Captain Corelli's Mandolin: Louis De Bernieres

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Captain Corelli's Mandolin: Louis De Bernieres

Captain Corelli's Mandolin: Louis De Bernieres

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It’s not exactly supposed to be fast-paced in the first place, and there are some interesting bits of character development. Compared by AS Byatt to the work of Charles Dickens and hailed as “absolutely brilliant” by the television presenter Jeremy Paxman, the book became a publishing phenomenon of the late 90s, the New Labour politician’s novel of the moment. She fetches Mandras’s mother Drosoula and the two women attend to Mandras's many ailments, which makes Pelagia realize she wants to be a doctor. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. What spoiled it always was that none of us knew why we were in Albania, none of us had an easy conscience about this rebuilding of the Roman Empire.

Hugh Grant was even shown engrossed in the paperback in the final scene of Notting Hill, Britain’s most successful film. Most often we see events through the eyes of Iannis, or Pelagia, or Corelli, but free indirect style gives us the thoughts of many others, from Mina, the mad girl who is to be "cured" by Saint Gerasimos, to Lieutenant Weber, the "good Nazi", confused by the habits of his Italian allies. In the fall he sends his delegate Grazzi to deliver an ultimatum to Metaxas, the prime minister of Greece. We are at war with Louis de Bernières,” explains Lefteris Eleftheratos, a 72-year-old former Cephalonian journalist and unofficial leader of the Greek campaign against the novel.

Both Greeks and Italian survivors testify that not only did the resistance give practical and armed support to the Italian troops, but 15 andartes lost their lives in the fighting. There’s also a lot of talking, too much of it for my liking, and while there are plenty of references to goats throughout, I was expecting it to have some sort of payoff instead of just feeling like a wasted metaphor.

Meanwhile, the Greek government has provided minesweepers, landing craft and hundreds of soldiers; half the waterfront at Sami has been requisitioned for a reconstruction of the capital, Argostoli, as it was in the 40s, and Cephalonians have been signing up in their scores to be extras in the film. I have not brought her up to be a domestic slave, for the simple reason that such company would have been tedious in the absence of a son. Some, like David Lodge, have argued that this reflects the contemporary novel's lack of trust in its ability to understand the world.

Though he joined the army when he was 18, he only made it four months in the officer training course and then moved on to attending several universities, including Victoria University of Manchester and the University of London.

He tells Pelagia to wait to marry Corelli until after the war, as that's the only way she'll know if their love is genuine.

Iannis strikes a deal with a quartermaster to house an officer in exchange for medical supplies, so Corelli arrives that evening. The problem is that it just dragged on and on, and while the characters were realistic and fully fleshed out, I just didn’t relate to them. And we’re not going to place money over what we believe to be sacred to us: our philotimo, our personal and national dignity. The controversy first surfaced in Britain last year, when a mauling at the hands of the Morning Star finally aroused de Bernières from his literary lair.

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