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  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio; Abridged edition edition (15 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781405501446
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405501446
  • ASIN: 1405501448
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.2 x 13.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,565,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Full of the same colour and verve as Capella's The Food of Love, this story also blends romance with gourmet delights (GOOD Housekeeping)

The Wedding Officer resembles a cross between Captain Corelli's Mandolin and Chocolat, while remaining a charming and powerful fiction in its own right (Michael Arditti)

This is an engaging tale. It brims with fascinating historical detail, an infectious enthusiasm for southern Italy and its cuisine and is an undemanding and sympathetic love story (Sunday TIMES)

Spicy, funny, delicious and sexy, this is the perfect holiday book (EVENING HERALD)

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A sumptuous tale of food to heal the deepest wounds, of the hungers of war and the bittersweet nature of love.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. M. Allen on 9 April 2007
Format: Paperback
I was completely engrossed in this book. The descriptions of mouthwatering food, scintillating sex and honest to goodness naivety were refreshing. The bravery, stubborness and humiliation of the characters were blended together as well as the pasta sauces described throughout. The factual information was enough to ensure that the picture I was left with was one of how awful those times were but equally how determined everyone was to ensure a better future for themselves. Pity I got to the end, I was happy to keep reading!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. L. Butler on 5 April 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was recently searching the shelves of my local bookstore looking for a book with all my favourite ingredients - A mixture of World War 2, Italy and of course a generous helping of romance. The Wedding Officer was exactly what I was looking for.

Although I have never been to Naples I was married in Tuscany 3 years ago and have had a love affair with Italy ever since. The vivid description of its people, landscape and amazing food in the book brought back all the memories I have of the place and I felt almost home sick, desperate to go back!

I also fell in love with the story between James and Livia and really felt the connection between them. I only wish I could speak Italian the way that James can!

As a big fan of war stories I was really intrigued by the description of wartime Naples and the people's experiences. I also enjoyed the closeness to history which was obviously researched so carefully.

I only hope that the film planned for next year will do the book justice and that they carefully choose the Italian Livia and English James of the big screen.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Ian Wylie on 21 April 2006
Format: Hardcover
Anthony Capella burst on the summer book market last year with his retelling of the Cyrano de Bergerac story, 'The Food of Love'. Now, in a delightful tale that mixes fact and fiction, Capella has moved the setting from modern-day Rome to Naples in the latter years of the Second World War. Understandably the story is darker than the first novel, but the narrative still brilliantly conveys the warmth and passion of Italy, the beauty of the countryside around Vesuvius, and of course the joy of Italian food, both in feast and famine. The author has also researched his subject. The big adventure that took away the romantic young men of Mussolini's Italy turns into the nightmare of war, and starvation and humiliation for the women of Naples. With even-handed portrayals of Allied and German troops and penetrating observations of what people will do simply to survive, Capella mines his subject skillfully. But in the end this is a fine love story from a very fine storyteller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Hogan on 27 Mar 2007
Format: Paperback
In parts, this is a lovely light read; the story of the lovers who get together despite themselves is one told again and again. It is the setting: Naples just after it has been liberated from the Nazis and the circumstances that set this novel apart. The main characters are beautifully drawn and you get a real sense of place and time from many of the details in the book. The food is of course lovingly described and there is enough comedy to make you laugh and smile. Many of the secondary characters are quite cartoonish and one dimensional: the evil mafioso who uses his position to blackmail our heroine, the barman who knows everything that is going on, the prostitute with the heart of gold. But this doesnt take away from the story at all.

The book has a dark edge to it too. How could any book set during war not have? While the author doesnt dwell on the war, it is ever present, as are the injustices and atrocites comitied during times of war by both sides. Apparently many of the scenarios used by the author come from real memoirs and diaries of soliders stationed in Naples in the mid fourties and this certainly addds to the credibility of some of the more hare-brained schemes for defeating the enemy that crop up!

If you like romance, food or Italy this this is definetly a book you will enjoy
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BOB on 8 April 2007
Format: Paperback
When i first strated reading the wedding officer, i thought i really wouldn't get into it, and if i did the storyline would be just as predictable as most books of this nature. However, i was very very wrong.

The book holds your imagination and what happens in it is never at all expected until it happens when you think back and realise all the clues were there building up to it. Not only that, but it gives you more of an insight as to the conditions people had to live in during the second world war in italy.

I strongly suggest you should try reading this book no matter what reading material you normally read, as it is a book i think that will appeal to anybody as it covers such a wide range of genres.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Calisgil on 15 Jan 2008
Format: Paperback
This novel is a must for lovers of Italy! A frothy Cappuccino, with several shots of strong Espresso; a wonderful blend of love, war, food and the strength of the human spirit. A young British officer, James Gould arrives in Naples in 1943 with the job of vetting all applications for marriage between local girls and British personnel. The majority of the matches are totally unsuitable and the very 'upright' James intends to do everything by the rule book. But .... this is Italy, and Italy has a way of changing people's perspectives; rules are made to be broken, and what happens when the Wedding Officer himself falls in love! This is all set against the background of occupation, with the Germans now occupying the North, whilst the British and Americans push from the South. We're given a strong flavour of the fighting during the 1944 Anzio Campaign, and an insight into the role played by the Italian Partisans. As if that wasn't enough, we have the dreadful fury of nature - the 1944 eruption of Vesuvius. The British and American soldiers carried out a relief operation that no doubt lessened the human devastation resulting from the eruption. The reader goes on a very personal journey with James, and is rewarded by a very satisfactory finale!
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