EW Staff
March 29, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

I have been reading Corelli’s Mandolin, a novel by Louis de Bernieres, which restores your faith in life, love, the value of fiction, and the insanity of war. It deals with the blows inflicted on the beautiful Greek island of Cephalonia during the last war and the determination of an Italian captain to keep sane, love a Greek girl, and play the mandolin. The book is beautifully written, extremely funny, full of lessons about the ancient and modern world — and human madness in accepting any dogma, however absurd.

John Mortimer is the author of Rumpole and the Angel of Death.

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