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Why one star?,
This review is from: Captain Corelli's Mandolin (Paperback)
Wonderful, evocative book, tasted, saw and breathed Greece. It transported me, made me care about the characters, some more than others admittedly. Carlo was my favourite narrator, could have happily read much more from his point of view. And then I came to the end. Disaster! Travesty! Why, oh, why? The author should surely know his characters better than anyone? And yet the end was so badly misjudged. The Captain, hero of the story, acted completely out of character. This was a very bad move by the author. Up to this point I had been held, absorbed and delighted. Such a disappointment. I don't read books hoping for a happy ending, but I expect the characters to be true to themselves. I felt the author didn't know his captain at all. What a shame.
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Initial post: 22 Apr 2013 22:02:26 BDT
Andy Graham, Truro says:
I guess the only thing which justifies the ending is that life is truly an extremely bizarre thing. But there is little to suggest, in the body of the book, that Coreli would simply walk away from Pelagia as he did. 'You owe me a life' she says in the end. Yes. Indeed. I found the ending upsetting, moreso perhaps even than the death of Carlo. That Pelagia should end up going through life 'an old maid'....
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