Louis de Bernières





Louis de Bernières

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December 08, 1954

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Novelist Louis de Bernières was born in London in 1954. He joined the army at 18 but left after spending four months at Sandhurst. After graduating from the Victoria University of Manchester, he took a postgraduate certificate in Education at Leicester Polytechnic and obtained his MA at the University of London.

Before writing full-time, he held many varied jobs including landscape gardener, motorcycle messenger and car mechanic. He also taught English in Colombia, an experience which determined the style and setting of his first three novels, The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts (1990), Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord (1991) and The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman (1992), each of which was heavily influenced by South American liter
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“Love 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 is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion, it is not the desire to mate every second minute of the day, it is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every cranny of your body. No, don't blush, I am telling you some truths. That is just being "in love", which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.”
Louis de Bernières, Captain Corelli's Mandolin

“Women only nag when they feel unappreciated.”
Louis de Bernières, Captain Corelli's Mandolin

“Love is a temporary madness. It erupts like an earthquake and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have become so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being "in love" which any of us can convince ourselves we are. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Your mother and I had it, we had roots that grew towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossom had fallen from our branches we found that we were one tree and not two.”
Louis de Bernières, Captain Corelli's Mandolin

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November 2014 New School Classics Poll

1911, Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, 155 pages
 
  25 votes, 16.6%

1920, The Age of Innocence byEdith Wharton, 305 pages
 
  20 votes, 13.2%

 
  15 votes, 9.9%

1997, Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, 428 pages
 
  14 votes, 9.3%

1962, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, 211 pages
 
  12 votes, 7.9%

 
  11 votes, 7.3%

 
  10 votes, 6.6%

 
  9 votes, 6.0%

1994, Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier, 449 pages
 
  8 votes, 5.3%

 
  7 votes, 4.6%

1956, Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin, 159 pages
 
  5 votes, 3.3%

1960, The Moviegoer by Walker Percy, 242 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.6%

 
  3 votes, 2.0%

1920, Main Street by Sinclair Lewis, 454 pages
 
  3 votes, 2.0%

 
  2 votes, 1.3%

 
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  1 vote, 0.7%

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