I finished looking at Birds Without Wings again this morning in preparation for Chris's grupo libros. It is very disheartening to be plunged into the horrors of a war - the latter stages of which I was previously completely unaware.
I noticed that Drosoula and Mandras escape to become protagonists in Captain Corelli's Mandolin and that the omniscient narrator notes Italian soldiers who occupy Eskibahce arrive uninclined "for playing mandolins and singing choruses from operas".
To be honest I was a bit unnerved by de Bernieres' abrupt changes of tone (from tragedy to comedy, or from fiction to history) throughout the book and by the way he wears his heart so clearly on his sleeve.
I am going to read something lighter before I go on to Brideshead.
Check out these literature maps for the four writers we are looking at:
Louis de Bernieres
I've got no opinion on the relations but they are intruiging.