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Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières
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May 10, 2008

really liked it
Read in March, 2001

A love story set on the Italian- and German-occupied Greek island of Cephalonia during and a bit after WWII (1940-1954). (Cephalonia, one of the larger Greek islands, is on the west side of the Greek mainland, toward Italy.) The village doctor, a widower, educates his daughter much more than is typical for the island's inhabitants--male or female. He trains her to be his successor. A love triangle develops with the daughter torn between her courageous but illiterate village sweetheart and an Italian captain who is part of the occupation force on the island. The story ends not long after the extremely destructive earthquake of 1953 destroys much of the island.
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