We had our December meeting over a Christmas meal (at the Ely in Blackwater, which was very good). We’d chosen two books to read
A return to the epic romance, heroism, history and warm and eccentric cast of characters from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin.
Some didn’t like this and didn’t finish it, others thought it started well but meandered .
Some characters annoyed us, but not all the same characters annoyed everyone! We wondered what the purpose of the book was, but thought it was an easy read. it didn’t
keep you guessing and was slow in places, but still made you wanted to read his other books. An interesting subject - 7/10
In the summer of 1972, Famagusta in Cyprus is the most desirable resort in the Mediterranean, a city bathed in the glow of good fortune. When a Greek coup plunges the island into chaos, Cyprus faces a disastrous conflict. Turkey invades to protect the Turkish Cypriot minority, and Famagusta is shelled. Forty thousand people seize their most precious possessions and flee from the advancing soldiers. In the deserted city, just two families remain. This is their story.
Some thought the book was excellent, others enjoyed it but liked some of her other books, like The Island better and The Return was recommended. Interestingly, although some of us knew the (true background of the) story, others had never heard of it and one of our members had actually driven around Famagusta, despite it still being closed! We all found the subject matter fascinating, although not everyone enjoyed her writing. We gave it 7/10