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Bel Canto

by ANN PATCHETT

Harper Collins | May 21, 2001 | Hardcover

Bel Canto is rated 4 out of 5 by 4.

Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. 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 breaks in through the air-conditioning vents and takes the entire party hostage. But what begins as a panicked,life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different, as terrorists and hostages forge unexpected bonds and people from different countries and continents become compatriots.

Without the demands of the world to shape their days, life on the inside becomes more beautiful than anything they had ever known before. At once riveting and impassioned, the narrative becomes a moving exploration of how people communicate when music is the only common language. Friendship, compassion, and the chance for great love lead the characters to forget the real danger that has been set in motion and cannot be stopped.

Ann Patchett has written a novel that is as lyrical and profound as it is unforgettable. Bel Canto engenders in the reader the very passion for art and the language of music that its characters discover. As a reader, you find yourself fervently wanting this captivity to continue forever, even though you know that real life waits on the other side of the garden wall. Bel Canto is a virtuoso performance by one of our bestand most important writers. It is a no novel to be cherished.

Format: Hardcover

Published: May 21, 2001

Publisher: Harper Collins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060188731

ISBN - 13: 9780060188733

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent! Ann Patchett's book, Bel Canto was very interesting. The story was quite different from most fiction novels. The book is well written with a excellent ending.
Date published: 2006-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written This book portrays human emotions with subtlety and nuance. It draws you into the world of the characters and makes you not want to leave them
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read! I loved this book so much, I have loaned it and recommended it to a number of people who have also enjoyed it thoroughly. One criticism I heard was that the ending became absurd and unbelievable -- but with an open mind and a willing suspension of disbelief -- it is both appropriate and delightful. I could go on and on, but just read it, it's fabulous!
Date published: 2003-09-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nazzy Although the book was well written and easy to read, I found it difficult to believe some of the actions taken by the characters and their feelings for each other (and towards one character in particular). The ending also seemed unclear as to what happened. Although the book was somewhat captivating, it was only because I was thinking "the ending had better be believeable and worth it" which I found was not. I found the book disappointing.
Date published: 2003-02-20

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Bel Canto

by ANN PATCHETT

Format: Hardcover

Published: May 21, 2001

Publisher: Harper Collins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0060188731

ISBN - 13: 9780060188733

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Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. 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 breaks in through the air-conditioning vents and takes the entire party hostage. But what begins as a panicked,life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different, as terrorists and hostages forge unexpected bonds and people from different countries and continents become compatriots.

Without the demands of the world to shape their days, life on the inside becomes more beautiful than anything they had ever known before. At once riveting and impassioned, the narrative becomes a moving exploration of how people communicate when music is the only common language. Friendship, compassion, and the chance for great love lead the characters to forget the real danger that has been set in motion and cannot be stopped.

Ann Patchett has written a novel that is as lyrical and profound as it is unforgettable. Bel Canto engenders in the reader the very passion for art and the language of music that its characters discover. As a reader, you find yourself fervently wanting this captivity to continue forever, even though you know that real life waits on the other side of the garden wall. Bel Canto is a virtuoso performance by one of our bestand most important writers. It is a no novel to be cherished.

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Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. 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 breaks in through the air-conditioning vents and takes the entire party hostage. But what begins as a panicked,life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different, as terrorists and hostages forge unexpected bonds and people from different countries and continents become compatriots. Without the demands of the world to shape their days, life on the inside becomes more beautiful than anything they had ever known before. At once riveting and impassioned, the narrative becomes a moving exploration of how people communicate when music is the only common language. Friendship, compassion, and the chance for great love lead the characters to forget the real danger that has been set in motion and cannot be stopped. Ann Patchett has written a novel that is as lyrical and profound as it is unforgettable. Bel Canto engenders in the reader the very passion for art and the language of music that its characters discover. As a reader, you find yourself fervently wanting this captivity to continue forever, even though you know that real life waits on the other side of the garden wall. Bel Canto is a virtuoso performance by one of our besta
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