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Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières

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'Captain Corelli's 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't 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 'Heil Hitler' with his own 'Heil Puccini', and whose most precious possession is his mandolin. At first he is ostracised by the locals, but as a conscientious but far from fanatical soldier, whose main aim is to have a peaceful war, he proves in time to be civilised, humorous - and a consummate musician. When Pelagia's letters to her fiance, Mandras, a young fisherman who has gone off to join Greek partisans, go unanswered, the working of the eternal triangle seems inevitable. It isn't long before Corelli and Pelagia are involved in a heated affair. 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. Can this fragile love survive as war gets closer and the lines are drawn between invader and defender? This 1995 Vintage Books Paperback is in Good condition.

ISBN: 9780749397548 SKU: 1231586 Note: Any image shown is from a stock photo and is not the actual book.