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In praise of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Considering the habitual British distaste for foreigners and learning musical instruments, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin was a brave title for a novel. But Louis de Bernieres clearly knew what he was doing: four years after its original publication, his story of love and war on the island of Cephalonia remains so firmly cemented in the best-seller list that it must rank as the publishing phenomenon of the decade. Sometimes it can seem as though everyone you meet is telling you to read it.

 

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