Louis de Bernieres' novels include The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts (Commonwealth Writers Prize, Best First Book Eurasia Region, 1991), Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord (Commonwealth Writers Prize, Best Book Eurasia Region, 1992), and The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman. The author, who lives in London, was selected as one of the twenty Best of Young British Novelists 1993.
Mary Jensen, January 3, 2012 (view all comments by Mary Jensen)
This is an extremely absorbing and enlightening story that is both romantic and tragic, combining fictional characters in a factual historical setting. I found myself re-reading many sentences in order to savor their beauty.
Mila, January 3, 2011 (view all comments by Mila)
Corelli's Mandolin was a surprise to me. The movie is a bit along the lines of corny romantic drama so I wasn't expecting much from the book. But it turned out to be a book read with a dictionary, internet for translations, and a very active mind. It was fantastic! Very deep philosophically, interesting characters, a lovely, twisting and turning storyline, and Bernieres used a switch in perspectives masterfully, bringing everything together in the end in a beautiful finish. I really enjoyed this book.
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