Bel Canto

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Publisher Description

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award • Winner of the Orange Prize • National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

"Bel Canto is its own universe. A marvel of a book." —Washington Post Book World

New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett’s spellbinding novel about love and opera, and the unifying ways people learn to communicate across cultural barriers in times of crisis

Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of the powerful businessman Mr. Hosokawa. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the international guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening—until a band of gun-wielding terrorists takes the entire party hostage. But what begins as a panicked, life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different, a moment of great beauty, as terrorists and hostages forge unexpected bonds and people from different continents become compatriots, intimate friends, and lovers.

Patchett's lyrical prose and lucid imagination make Bel Canto a captivating story of strength and frailty, love and imprisonment, and an inspiring tale of transcendent romance.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2009
March 17
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
336
Pages
PUBLISHER
HarperCollins e-books
SELLER
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
SIZE
2.3
MB

Customer Reviews

cherpsalot ,

Bel Canto

I loved the romance. Truly captured the feeling of love. I really wondered about it’s truthfulness. I’m looking forward to seeing the movie.

capncuddles420 ,

Lacking

Instead of writing about what might actually happen in a hostage situation like the Japanese Embassy Crisis, Patchett decided to use that basic premise as a frame for a forbidden romance drama. Implausibly, two secret and doomed romances emerge from the trauma and confusion of this imagined hostage situation. The book is about them. But she mostly fails to concern herself with the deeply political and sociological roots of the crisis, because she cares about describing unlikelily stealthy sex in an improbably private closet in a house crammed full of people. It is unrealistic, distracted, boring, and undeserving of the accolades it has received, largely from consumers of basic paperback romances. It’s not meaningfully literature.

SuzThomsen ,

The best Ann Patchett book

This is my favorite book of all time. I should read it again.

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