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Captain Corelli's Mandolin Download ↠ 2 Ù Captain Corelli‚Äôs Mandolin is set in the early days of the second world war before Benito Mussolini invaded Greece Dr Iannis practices medicine on the island of Cephalonia accompanied by his daughter Pelagia to whom he imparts much of his healing art Even when the Italians do invade life isn‚Äôt T long before Corelli and Pelagia are involved in a heated affair despite her engagement to a young fisherman Mandras who has gone off to join Greek partisans Love is complicated enough in wartime even when the lovers are on the same side And for Corelli and Pelagia it becomes increasingly difficult to negotiate the minefield of allegiances both personal and political as all around them atrocities mount former friends become enemies and the ugliness of war infects everyone it touches British author Louis de Berni√®res is well known for his forays. The ancient Greeks treated tragedy and comedy as separate genres But this Greek drama is a hybrid Tragedy on the large and small canvas; comedy from individual characters Such contrasts can strengthen one's reaction to both extremes but for me this particular book might have worked better if de Berni√®res had focused primarily on one or the otherI see its charm This is a feelgood book filled with bucolic delights entertaining Characters borderline caricatures and slapstick and saccharine sun But they are contrasted with war loss and the pragmatics of making do Humour love and music soften the graphically portrayed toll of war and tectonicsSome of the writing is beautiful and some of it is funny I was captivated by the opening paragraph and loved the first chapter But I was bored by the second chapter and nervous when I started the third The final near contemporary chapters were simultaneously predictable and implausible It‚Äôs as if de Berni√®res wanted a happyish ending but not a happy middle and went to ludicrous lengths to achieve itThat patchy experience with many different voices styles and genres was repeated throughout a bitty book hence a bitty review Like a visitor to the island I ambled from beautiful beaches to rocky outcrops along smooth pavements and disintegrating paths from mountains to fields from tourist towns to ancient villages ever unsure of what I would encounter next Maybe the rose tinted hues of sangria would have helped I think this is probably an objective 4 but my experience ranged from 2 to 4 averaging 3 The Distorting Lenses of History and Ideology ‚Äú History repeats itself first as tragedy and then again as tragedy‚ÄĚ More no plot spoilers view spoilerCephallonia was settled so long ago that a veil blurs the boundary between myth and history It is sometimes claimed as the home of Odysseus and today the enormous ancient olive trees have an air of ‚Äúpatient omniscience‚ÄĚ The backdrop is a detailed history of the Italian and then German occupation in WW2 including international geopolitics and detailed battle tactics Not my thing Fortunately de Berni√®res tells the story from local perspectives as well as that of global victors Italian soldier Carlo Guercio believes history should be ‚Äúthe anecdotes of the little people‚ÄĚ he himself is physically huge Dr Iannis is little in the grand scheme of things but a figure of towering importance in his village He spends many years writing a detailed history of the island but is frustrated that his own passion makes objectivity impossible creating ‚Äúnot so much a history as a lament Or a tirade‚ÄĚ And then history ‚Äúhappens before my very eyes‚ÄĚ Later his daughter Pelagia continues his work putting her own spin on things Many characters are deeply conscious of their roots But the atrocities of war driven by persuasive demagogues touting totalitarian ideologies communist and fascist transform minds hearts loyalties and lives foreverPeople are separated from their heritage their future their families and even their sanity If you believe strongly enough in your cause ‚ÄúDeath is not an enemy but a brother‚ÄĚ whether to embrace for its own sake or to save othersIn the final chapters capitalism tourism and hedonism herald further transformation for those on the island hide spoiler

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Captain Corelli‚Äôs Mandolin is set in the early days of the second world war before Benito Mussolini invaded Greece Dr Iannis practices medicine on the island of Cephalonia accompanied by his daughter Pelagia to whom he imparts much of his healing art Even when the Italians do invade life isn‚Äôt so bad at first anyway The officer in command of the Italian garrison is the cultured Captain Antonio Corelli who responds to a Nazi greeting of ‚ÄúHeil Hitler‚ÄĚ with his own ‚ÄúHeil Puccini‚ÄĚ and whose most precious possession is his mandolin It isn'. This is two books The first half is without doubt one of the best novels I have ever read The writing even in translation is lyrical; clearly every word was carefully chosen The characters are exuisitely drawn with humor and humanity The plot centering on the Italian invasion of a remote Greek island in WWII is a wonderfully engaging love story It flows amiably along to a logical and satisfying if not uite happy ending Unfortuntely things don't stop there The second half of the book is drek One gets the feeling that de Bernieres presented his publishers with a perfect novella and was told make it longer or perhaps but you have to finish the story Whatever the cause the change in pace use of language and sheer thoughtfulness is jarring It's as if the author completely lost interest in his characters but felt obliged to carry them to some long term conclusion It's a crying shame because if this book had stopped where it should have it would be one of the greatest books of the 20th 21st century

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Captain Corelli's MandolinInto magical realism in such novels as The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts Se√Īor Vivo and the Coca Lord and The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman Here he keeps it to a minimum though certainly the secondary characters with whom he populates his island the drunken priest the strongman the fisherman who swims with dolphins would be at home in any of his wildly imaginative Latin American fictions Instead de Berni√®res seems interested in dissecting the nature of history as he tells his ever darkening tale from many different perspectives. 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