Slightly strange post title, I realise... let me explain. About four years ago I watched the film Captain Corelli's Mandolin and didn't think much of it, not a massive Nicolas Cage or Penelope Cruz fan to be honest. But I saw the book in Waterstones (April 2015... this review is so late) and it had a recommendation card from one of the female employees (you know the ones I mean?) basically saying it changed her life.. plus books are always better than their adaptations so I bought it.
I AM SO GLAD I PICKED THIS BOOK UP.
Louis de Bernieres tells lot's of different stories which all intertwine to create a really deep understanding of World War Two in Greece and of the different characters personalities and lives. It is the most beautiful, moving and tragic war/romance I've ever read and I loved it for two main reasons. Reason 1; I found it really eyeopening to learn about the Greek, Albanian and Italian involvement in WWII as it's a part I'd never learnt about in school. Bernieres describes the war in such a raw, matter of fact way that you are constantly reminded similar situations like those in the story would really have happened. Reason 2; it is next level romantic and unfortunately I now expect so much from a relationship I wont ever be satisfied/happy even with the nicest of guys. I blame Carlo... he is by far my favourite character.
I won't say anymore other than stress to those who have seen the film how different the book is. Let me know if you read it on my recommendation and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Have a lovely bank holiday weekend.