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Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières
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Feb 28, 2007

it was amazing
Read in July, 2003

This apparently little-known book is a jewel. Written with passion and incandescant humor, the novel recreates WWII-era Greece (and to a certain extent, the rest of Fascist-occupied Europe at that time) with striking beauty. The characters are unforgettable and nearly all likeable; raw pathos, tragedy, comedy, and romance are fused into one gripping narrative that defies classification. It is, if anything, an effective composition of high Romance and a coming-of-age story: two classic stories in one. But it never takes itself seriously. The story is remarkably erudite, also: historical data is incorporated seamlessly into the story, and the many classic and contemporary references are treated with the same delight as the meat of the story itself. The overall impression of the book is that of a touching, highly entertaining story written by one with a deep love of the people and places. Corelli's Mandolin: A Novel is among my highest-recommended book.
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Jenny Hirschkorn Little known book? On Mars, perhaps. It is the 87th best-selling literary novel on Amazon UK, and was made into a high profile (if pretty abysmal) film in 2001.

Gary Yeah, also featured in the movie NOTTHINGHILL with Hugh Grant & Julia Roberts,and supposedly Madonna's favorite novel of all time.... I loved it too when I read it....

Carolyn I agree that in the US this great novel has unfortunately remained "little-known." Very sadly, I think most of the US thinks of the completely awful film version of this fantastic story.

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