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Louis de Bernières

Autor/a de La mandolina del capità Corelli

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Louis de Bernières was born on December 8, 1954, in England to a military family. He spent four months in the British army in his late teens. When he was nineteen, he spent a year in Colombia where he wrote a short story about a true incident of violence that occurred there. Fifteen years later, mostra'n més while recuperating from a motorcycle accident, de Bernières used that short story as the basis for the first volume of his Latin American Trilogy, The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts, Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord, and The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman. In the 1980s, de Bernières worked as an auto mechanic and then as a supply teacher in London. In 1993 he took a holiday on the Greek island of Cephallonia. That became the setting for Captain Correlli's Mandolin, a novel of war, love, and heroism, which remained on the (London) Times bestseller list for four years. It has sold more than 600,000 copies, has been reprinted in paperback more than thirty times, and has been translated into more than seventeen languages.The book also won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book. It was also shortlisted for the 1994 Sunday Express Book of the Year. De Bernières was named one of Granta's 20 Best British Novelists in 1993, and Author of the Year 1998 by England's Publishing News. He will be give the opening night address at the 2015 Melbourne Writers Festival. His title The Dust that Falls from Dreams made the New Zealand Best Seller List in 2015 (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys
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Obres de Louis de Bernières

La mandolina del capità Corelli (1993) 7,993 exemplars
Birds Without Wings (2004) 2,650 exemplars
Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord (1991) 1,106 exemplars
Red Dog (2001) 731 exemplars
A Partisan's Daughter (2008) 554 exemplars
The Dust That Falls from Dreams (2015) 464 exemplars
Notwithstanding (2009) 319 exemplars
So Much Life Left Over (2018) 191 exemplars
The Book of Job (1998) — Introducció — 96 exemplars
Blue Dog (2016) 58 exemplars
The Autumn of the Ace (2020) 44 exemplars
Labels (1801) 44 exemplars

Obres associades

Crampton Hodnet (1985) — Introducció, algunes edicions855 exemplars
Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame (2003) — Col·laborador — 280 exemplars
Granta 43: Best of Young British Novelists 2 (1993) — Col·laborador — 177 exemplars
The Best American Essays 1997 (1997) — Col·laborador — 154 exemplars
The Mammoth Book of Modern Ghost Stories (2007) — Col·laborador — 134 exemplars
The Story of a Nobody (1893) — Pròleg, algunes edicions125 exemplars
Captain Corelli's Mandolin [2001 film] (2001) — Original book — 107 exemplars
Ghosts of Christmas Past (2017) — Col·laborador — 56 exemplars
La Bible (1990) — Prefaci — 25 exemplars
Captain Corelli's Mandolin: The Illustrated Film Companion (2001) — Introducció — 24 exemplars
A Distant Cry: Stories from East Anglia (2002) — Pròleg — 12 exemplars
A Vintage Christmas (Vintage Minis) (2018) — Col·laborador — 9 exemplars
A Guide to Kayaköy (2013) — Introducció — 1 exemplars

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This historical fiction and romance by English author Louis de Bernières, set in Kefalonia (Cephalonia) during WWII, was the winner of the 1995 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. Pelagia is the daughter of the island’s doctor, the educated and patriotic Dr Iannis. She grows up learning the healing arts from him, and gets engaged to the handsome Mandras. Mandras goes off to fight with a group of rather extremist communist Greek partisans and does not reply her devoted letters.

Captain Antonio Corelli lands on the island with his regiment of occupying Italian soldiers. Sadly this only happened at the end of Chapter 23 out of 77, as the book dragged a little for me before this. Corelli is a death of fresh air, with his devotion to his choir and mandolin, cheeky humour and compassionate sense of honour. Corelli is stationed at the doctor’s home as a boarder. Gradually Pelagia and Corelli fall in love, despite the obstacles of war and being natural enemies.

The was a great book which highlights the culture and ways of the island, the joy of romance and the atrocities of war, including the 1943 massacre of the Acqui troops by German soldiers. Following the Italian surrender to the Allies, the Germans demanded their dearmourement, provoking a conflict which ended up with 9,500 of the 12,000 Acqui troops being killed, over 5,000 being murdered by an execution squad.

I loved the story and de Bernière’s witty and ironic writing style, my only complaint was there was just too much of it. While there were some comical side stories, like the strong man, the drunken priest and the hermit who thought he’d seen a parachuting angel, there was just too much of it for me. This was one of the rare cases when I enjoyed the movie as much as the book. I have previously enjoyed his Australian story Red Dog, so I’d be keen to try another of his books.
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mimbza | Hi ha 154 ressenyes més | Apr 8, 2024 |
A beautifully written romance, full of colouful characters, music, humour, and horror, set around the real event of the massacre of Italian soldiers by the Nazis on Cefalonia towards the end of World War 2. The islanders mostly escape the war, until Mussolini decides to declare war on Greece. This leads many of the young men on the island to leave and join the defence of Greece. They successfully repel the Italian invaders, many of whom duped into a war deliberately started by their vain leader, who wanted to "make Italy great again" and impress Hitler. The cost is great on both sides, leaving those who survived shattered in body and spirit. Mandras, a fisherman engaged to Pelagia, makes his way home to Cefalonia, once carefree, but returns embittered, mentally ill and suspects correctly he is no longed loved. He heads off to join the Greek resistance and is inducted into a group of Communists. Carlo, the only survivor of his Italian battalion is redeployed to the Division led by Captain Coreli - now part of the occupying forces on Cephalonia. He would rather make music than war, and is a talented mandolin player whose love for Pelagia is the core of the story. Pelagia is the fiesty daughter of the local doctor Ianis. Ianis is the only doctor in the village and occasional vet. He is writing a history of the island but never manages to finish it. Pelagia falls in love first with Mandras and gets engaged to him before he goes to war. Her love for him wanes though as he never writes back, as he is illiterate. Officers are billeted in local people's homes, and Corelli is put in theirs. Initially offended by his presence, she is impressed by his music and the decency of his nature, falling in love with him and losing him even though he survives the massacre and has to escape the island. He promises to return, but the islanders suffer many hardships including a a more draconian occupation under the Nazis, near starvation, the attrocities of Communists replacing the Nazis as the new oppressors, then the earthquake of 1953 where Iannis died as the house collapsed on him, and destroyed most of the houses on the island. Pelagia, after she was attacked by Mandras, goes to Mandras' mother for support. Drosoula disowned Mandras and went to live with Pelagia to support her. A baby who was abandoned outside the house became Pelagia's adopted daughter, Antonia, because she sounded just like the mandolin. The 3 of them are moved into a new earthquake proof house, after Velasarios the strong man giant saves the village. They live through the changes of the island as it becomes a tourist destination, until finally Corelli returns claiming he was embittered by seeing Pelagia with baby Antonia thinking she had married another. He had gone on to become a fireman and then a world-touring musician. Now retired he wanted to return and build a house where Pelagia's used to be. It was a happy ending, but I felt it was dragged out this way purely to cover the earthquake and social changes on the island. Pelagia and Antonio should have reunited sooner - one thing the film did right I thought.… (més)
 
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LindaLiu | Hi ha 154 ressenyes més | Jan 27, 2024 |
Wonderful! We visited the ruins of a town very much like this one last summer during our car trip around Southwestern Turkey. This novel made the ghosts we felt there come alive.
 
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jemisonreads | Hi ha 48 ressenyes més | Jan 22, 2024 |

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