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'Captain Corelli's Mandolin' S U M M A R Y It is 1941, and a young Italian officer, Captain Antonio Corelli,arrives to the beautiful Greek island of Cephallonia as part of an occupying power. He is billeted in the house of their local doctor, Iannis and his daughter Pelagia. He wins the center of Pelagia throughout his humour and his sensitivity, and of course his stunning ability about the mandolin. But Pelagia is engaged to Mandras, a local fisherman who's away fighting with the Greek army. Despite her growing affection for Corelli, Pelagia continues to write to Mandras, but he fails to answer. It transpires that he could not, since he is illiterate. However, Pelagia takes this as a sign that their love is dead and she gives herself into Corelli. Then there is the betrayal. Everybody, it appears, in a short distance of time, is betrayed. From the autumn of 1943, the Allies invade Sicily rather than the Greek Islands, also, in the opinion of the islanders, betray Greece; the Italian commander, General Gandin, betrays his men, the Germans betray the Italians; perhaps Corelli even betrays Pelagia by leaving her. The complete horror of war, global and then civil, and comes home to all the personalities, then is swept off by the wave of history. Pelagia and Corelli are apart and not able to remain so for half of a lifetime. Pelagia thinks Corelli is lifeless, Corelli, visiting Pelagia covertly every year, believes she is married. Then, in 1953 a fresh horror hits the island -- the earthquake. The occasions.