"De Bernires sees that war can either degrade or elevate human beings, but it is humanity itself, rather than war's effects, which interests him. The lightness of the early chapter, when Iannis cures a long-deaf patient by removing a dried pea from his ear, or when Father Arsenios collapses drunk behind a holy screen which only he is allowed to pass, never completely disappears. When a British agent parachutes into Cephallonia, a goatherd mistakes him for an angel, an impression reinforced by his speaking incomprehensible ancient Greek (rendered by de Bernires as Chaucerian English). Humour and humanity make the chorus of voices telling de Bernires's story not only comprehensible, but harmonious to the ear."de Bernières, Louis is the author of 'Corelli's Mandolin', published 1995 under ISBN 9780679763970 and ISBN 067976397X.