Book #6: Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Next, I’m reading Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres.

Corelli's Mandolin book cover

I am excited for this book. I’m going to be a historian someday (I hope) and World War II is my favorite period (closely followed by the Cold War). Any time I get to read a book, fiction or nonfiction, about 1933-1945, I get pretty stoked. Of course, my studies mostly focus on Germany, so I don’t know a whole lot about Italy or the Italians’ experience in WWII. I’m willing to learn, though. Maybe reading Captain Corelli’s Mandolin will inspire me to study it.

Anyway, this book is about people living on the Greek island of Cephalonia in the early days of the war, before the Italians invaded. It’s a love story of sorts, I think. It’s about war, truth, history, and what makes the history we read in history books (according to Goodreads and the Big Book I got the list from). It really seems like this book is PERFECT for me. I think that Corelli and I are going to be really good friends.

It sounds like the book is going to be amusing in parts too. The fact that Corelli responds to a “Heil Hitler” with “Heil Puccini” is hilarious, in a dark and off-kilter way. That sort of joke (I’m deciding it’s a joke and if it’s not, I still find it amusing) fits perfectly with my sense of humor. Also, I know that Corelli and I are going to have a very good time together because I started reading it last night and I’m enjoying it so far. In fact, if I could, I’d be reading it right now.


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