Review

Corelli's Mandolin

by Louis de Bernieres

For the first 300 pages of CORELLI'S MANDOLIN, I enjoyed great writing, laughed and fell in love with some of the most wonderful characters I've ever known.  For the last 135 pages, I constantly had to put the book down --- I was crying too hard to keep reading.  

Set on an Italian-occupied Greek island during WWII, this is the beautifully-written account of a doomed love affair between a local girl and the Italian soldier who quarters with her family.  This novel has it all --- romance, humor, heartbreak, love, passion, war, sorrow.  About halfway through, I started reading it slower and slower, wanting it to last forever.  

I've had the same two favorite books for the last 20 years.  CORELLI'S MANDOLIN now makes it a threesome.  

Reviewed by BookpgSlam on August 28, 1995

Corelli's Mandolin
by Louis de Bernieres

  • Publication Date: August 29, 1995
  • Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction
  • Paperback: 437 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN-10: 067976397X
  • ISBN-13: 9780679763970