Had a very busy day, which helped to keep me from getting onto facebook for the most part. I have been trying to stay away from the Negative Nelly’s contorting my facebook page with rottenness types of unnice like posts. However, I caved – I am sharing the first thing I saw. It was a wonderful deterrent from going any further down my feed. (I had a feeling that I shouldn’t anyway.) I clicked myself right off and went in search of information about the novel. I like to be productive.
“Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides, you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion, it is not the desire to mate every second minute of the day, it is not lying awake at night imagining that he is kissing every cranny of your body. No, don’t blush, I am telling you some truths.That is just being “in love”, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.”
― Louis de Bernieres, Corelli’s Mandolin
Led me to the soundtrack, indeed. (movie 2001)
Pelagia discovers that Mandras did not reply to her letters because he is illiterate, and they part. In 1947, Pelagia receives a parcel from Italy containing a record of the tune Corelli wrote for her, but no note. An earthquake destroys much of the village and the doctor’s house, but island life continues, and eventually Corelli returns to Pelagia.
How marvelous to receive “a record of the tune Corelli wrote for her.” I suppose I will watch the movie.
Major themes (excerpt)
Captain Corelli’s Mandolin explores many varieties of love. We see the initial lust-based love between Pelagia and Mandras, which burns out as a result of the war, and the change it prompts in both of them. Corelli and Pelagia’s slow-developing love is the central focus of the novel. Love is described by Dr. Iannis as “what is left when the passion has gone”, and it certainly appears that this criterion is fulfilled by the love of Corelli and Pelagia. The paternal love of Iannis for Pelagia is also strong and is heavily compared and contrasted to that of Corelli.
The theme of music is predominant, offering a direct contrast to the horror and destruction that the war brings, showing how something beautiful can arise from something horrible.
I shall be reading this book next, I believe. After I finish “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake” by Amiee Bender
And there you have it I just answered all of your love questions. All done – every heartbreak healed, every passion tamed, and we all can think normally now. Fantastical!
P.S. I love you, you, you, you! (ha ha ha) Who is the mood for some Beatles?