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Louis de Bernières

Autor(a) de Captain Corelli's Mandolin

39+ Works 17,069 Membros 435 Reviews 66 Favorited

About the Author

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, mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos
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Obras de Louis de Bernières

Captain Corelli's Mandolin (1993) 8,020 cópias
Birds Without Wings (2004) 2,667 cópias
Señor Vivo and the Coca Lord (1991) 1,115 cópias
Red Dog (2001) 733 cópias
A Partisan's Daughter (2008) 558 cópias
Notwithstanding (2009) 324 cópias
So Much Life Left Over (2018) 196 cópias
The Book of Job (1998) — Introdução — 98 cópias
Blue Dog (2016) 59 cópias
The Autumn of the Ace (2020) 45 cópias
Labels (1997) 44 cópias

Associated Works

Crampton Hodnet (1985) — Introdução, algumas edições864 cópias
Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame (2003) — Contribuinte — 280 cópias
Granta 43: Best of Young British Novelists 2 (1993) — Contribuinte — 177 cópias
The Best American Essays 1997 (1997) — Contribuinte — 157 cópias
The Mammoth Book of Modern Ghost Stories (2007) — Contribuinte — 136 cópias
The Story of a Nobody (1893) — Prefácio, algumas edições126 cópias
Captain Corelli's Mandolin [2001 film] (2001) — Original book — 107 cópias
Ghosts of Christmas Past (2017) — Contribuinte — 61 cópias
La Bible (1990) — Prefácio — 25 cópias
Captain Corelli's Mandolin: The Illustrated Film Companion (2001) — Introdução — 24 cópias
A Distant Cry: Stories from East Anglia (2002) — Prefácio — 12 cópias
A Vintage Christmas (Vintage Minis) (2018) — Contribuinte — 9 cópias
A Guide to Kayaköy (2013) — Introdução — 1 exemplar(es)


1001 (92) 1001 books (87) 20th century (159) anthology (69) Australia (58) British (137) British fiction (54) British literature (73) contemporary fiction (60) England (89) English (76) English literature (112) essays (70) fiction (2,537) Greece (528) historical (141) historical fiction (548) history (83) humor (116) Italy (128) Kefalonia (57) Latin America (96) literary fiction (56) literature (141) love (103) magical realism (189) novel (376) Ottoman Empire (62) own (82) read (154) Roman (53) romance (215) short stories (88) South America (132) to-read (732) Turkey (208) unread (114) war (241) WWI (153) WWII (518)

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A historical novel of the very best kind...full of actual history, human stories of love, sacrifice, joy and sorrow sweeping the reader along with all the emotions. I saw the movie based on this novel, and remember being relatively unmoved by it. That probably kept me from visiting the book for years, unfortunately.

In World War II, a Greek physician and his lovely young daughter on the Isle of Cephalonia live through the occupation of their paradise by both Italians and Germans; the privations and horrors associated with war in general; the treachery and brutality of an army on the verge of defeat; and the ultimate insult added to those injuries: the massive earthquake of 1953 that destroyed their homes. Through it all, the islanders manage feats of bravery and resistance; find some sympathy, friendship, and even love among the occupiers; question the ancient gods, philosophers and poets; endure. The lively irreverent Captain Antonio Corelli and his mandolin lighten the mood, and encourage hope for the future, but circumstances do not bode well for any sort of happy ending. Reviewers have aptly compared this novel to Tolstoy and Dickens, for it is tragic and comic in equal measure. Sometimes it's hard to know which mask you're seeing. 5 stars… (mais)
laytonwoman3rd | outras 154 resenhas | Apr 19, 2024 |
I was encouraged to read this book following our recent visit to Turkey. I'm so glad I did. It might be fiction, but it's strongly rooted in the early 20th century history of this region, giving an overview of the life and times of Kamal Ataturk, and the bloody, tempestuous history of the former Ottoman Empire and parts of the Balkans. The book centres on the lives of the inhabitants of Eskibahçe. We meet its Muslim and Christian inhabitants, living in neighbourly harmony together. There's Rustem Bey, their neighbourhood aristocrat; imams, priests, teachers, beggars,prostitutes, boys who grow up to be soldiers, girls who grow up to be wives, or soon-to-be-wives. We become rooted in the simple rhythms of life in this community. So when it all goes wrong, when war starts, we care. This is a disturbing but compulsively readable book which serves as a helpful and accessible introduction to 21st century Turkey, as well as being a wonderful story, with many skilfully interwoven threads.… (mais)
Margaret09 | outras 49 resenhas | Apr 15, 2024 |
This is a story of two ordinary lives, that are, of course, extraordinary. Chris is a bored travelling salesman, living with a wife he no longer loves. Roza is Serbian who's found herself living in London. These two meet, and over the course of time, Roza tells Chris her story. Or does she? How much is fact? How much is a product of her imagination? Is she really someone who's slept with her best friend, her father, dropped out of university, lived as a prostitute? We become as fascinated by her as Chris is. This is a story of missed opportunities, of lives turning out differently because of decisions made, or not made, and the ending leaves a bitter taste in the mouth.

This is a story about story-telling.
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Margaret09 | outras 31 resenhas | Apr 15, 2024 |
A wonderful romance, with a cast of - well - dozens. Set in an imagined South American country, the plots involves simple village dwellers, a haughty aristocrat, corrupt politicians, corrupt army types, incorruptible army types and guerrillas. The book is generally racy and light in tone. There you'll find farce, political satire, ribald sex scenes as well as tender ones, and even supernatural events. But de Bernieres doesn't shy away from describing sickening scenes of torture either. Somehow, he conveys the horror without either cheapening it, or detracting from the generally optimistic and up-beat tone of the book.

The characters conform to type on the whole. The peasants are clever, the whores full of common sense, the soldiers brutish and stupid - apart from the ones who are saintly - the politicians self- aggrandising, and the forest-dwellers spiritual. But this in no way spoils the story, which is best read as a magical fable. Justice prevails in the end, the good live happily ever after, and the evil receive their just deserts. A book that demands not to be put down before it's finished.
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Margaret09 | outras 27 resenhas | Apr 15, 2024 |



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