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Artistic, humerous, tragic and gripping, Captain Corelli's Mandolin paints the upheaval of the second world War in Cephalonia in vivid color. Excellent narration by Maloney.
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I've read a few of de Bernieres earlier books and really enjoyed them, particularly the dreamily evocative language he uses to draw life into new (and often fictional) regions, with powerfully crafted characters and a real sense of authority. Here, LDB proves his mastery again, in a tale full of rich and vibrant people and places, mixed with the harsh conditions and dreadful atrocities of wartime Greece.
A sign of a compelling experience is when you feel your emotions rising in various scenes, which I especially found with Weber, Carlo and Mandras (on more than one occasion). When you unwittingly buy into a story to the extent that you're actively urging someone to do something, you know you've found a winning story.
The only reason I fell short of the maximum 5 stars was that I was not really convinced by the events of the latter stages, which I found a little weak in light of everything the characters had been through. Doubtlessly, others may not feel the same. I have not seen the film to know if it followed the same path.
Even so, I did really enjoy the whole book. I think LDB is a very under-rated author and I hope we get to take on more of his work.
I had tried a couple of times to read this book but gave up after the first dozen chapters as it didn't capture me. A friend encouraged me to preserve so I then downloaded this. The book is exquisite in its description of such harrowing history and the characterisation is extremely skilled. For me the narration is a triumph. The range of accents and ages of the characters are spot on but what makes it truly listenable is how pace and tone are conveyed in a way I would not get by reading it myself.
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What made the experience of listening to Captain Corelli's Mandolin the most enjoyable?
The writing is exceptionally eloquent if not sometimes verbose. it is at times poetic and the effort put in by the narrator is exceptional in creating definition between characters. The story has all emotions and set against the backdrop of very real genocide in Kefelonia.
What did you like best about this story?
the richness of the characters and the descriptive writing
Which scene did you most enjoy?
young Yannis learning to play Antonia.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
no.. good work should be savioured
Any additional comments?
do not judge the book on the film, I enjoyed the movie but the book is tremendous.
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