Free Audible Captain Corelli's MandolinAuthor Louis de Bernières –

What an incredible story I loved the interplay between Captain Corelli and his beautiful Greek love An historical fiction, the fact of Italian invasion as part of Axis powers, the facts are well researched and woven into an unforgettable experience He is initially bleached with a young woman and her father Unlike and utterly disdained, the captain ultimately find De Bernieres style falls between Vonnegut and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and if that doesn t make your head spin and pants feel hot then I don t know what will It s ridiculously European, in every good sense of the word It s an ep I, Astfel, Istoria Descinde Brusc Peste Acest Minuscul Univers Pierdut Ntr O Azurie Mare Ioni C , Mpletind Vie I, St Rnind Pasiuni, Arunc Nd C R Ile Destinului Ntr Un V Rtej Ame Itor, Decon Cer Tant Iar Vocile I Episoadele Se Succed Ntr Un Flux Alert, Ritmat I Captivant, N Care Sunt Antre Na I Un Romantic C Pitan Italian, Fire De Artist, Care Prefer S Substituie Invariabilului Heil Hitler Propriul S U Heil Puccini , Doctorul Iannis, Pasio Nat De Scrierea Unei Istorii A Insulei, Pelagia, Fiica Acestuia, De Care C Pitanul Corelli Este Ireme Dia Bil Namorat, Inconfundabilul Il Duce, Logoreic I Delirant, Un Sensibil I Intro Vertit Soldat Italian Cunoscut Ca L Omosessuale, Mandras, Pescarul Devenit Din Az Ridicol Partizan Deziluzionat I Galeria Multicolor A Personajelor Continu Emo Ionant, Plin De Umor, Uluitor, Mandolina C Pitanului Corelli Este Un Roman Ce Penduleaz Cu Fine E Ntre Bucurie I Triste E, Vie I Personale I Istorie Observer 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 other.I 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 tectonics.Some 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 s as if de Berni res wanted a happy ish ending, but not a happy middle, and went to ludicrous lengths to achieve it.That 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 to This is the first time I ve ever given a book one starI actually feel sort of bad doing it Despite it being well written, it s pacing was terrible, and I really had to fight to get through it And then the ending oh the ending After trudging through nearly 600 pages, the ending was about the most unsatisying I have ever read I literally threw the book against the wall when I was done And some idiot decided to make a movie out of it, wi 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 forgotte Stunning Mesmerizing Remarkable Beautiful, beautiful love story I just scanned the 121 books that I ve already read belonging to 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die and there seem to be not too many books that could be considered as predominantly love stories There is Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice but we all knew about it even before actually reading the book so there was no element of surprise There is Haruki Murakami s Sputnik Sweetheart but it has fantasy interwoven in the story like people disappearing in trees, people being transformed while riding a ferris wheel, etc so it is not a straightforward pure honest love story Also Sputnik fell out from the list in its 2010 version.Set in the beautiful island of Cephallonia now Kefalonia in Greece during World War II, Louis de Bernieres British, born 1954 Captain Corelli s Mandolin, first published in 1993, sizzles with love, music and honesty Love here is not just the usual erotic love between a man and a woman The main Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC s Big Read Poll of 2003.I 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 subsequently have had it since and have finally gotten around to reading it after starting and stopping it a few times.It 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 histories.It is sublimely written in places there were times when I was completely lost in the prose, especially when Berini res wrote about love in exactly the way I feel about it and not many authors have ever been able to convey beforeLove 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 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 exquisitely 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 quite 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 conclusio The presence of intrepidly sudden breaks from romantic conventions is what makes Corelli s Mandolin alongside its romantic older brother, book two of his Latin American trilogy, the devastating love tale Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord one of the MOST ROMANTIC novels of ALL TIME On par with Gone With the Wind, other epics like Cold Mountain The English Patient, it truly was, to this impressionable though selective reader, what s the equivalent of a wondrous trip to Adult Disneyland, where surprises loom ever near, and whimsy runs amok.But what makes this utterly brilliant is the prose on top of an unpredictable and thrilling plot The writer is this supernova de Bernieres all 4 of his novels at this point are in my Must Read List Here, you realize exactly WHY you read WHY people bother to write if you are Louis De Bernieres you simply cannot not keep producing The gift is almost mythical, and you are compelled to feel that the auteur has had the TIME of his LIFE writing this, writing and falling head over heels i