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Bel Canto Paperback – August 2, 2005
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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 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 gunwielding 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.
About the Author
Ann Patchett is the author of six novels and three books of nonfiction. She has won many prizes, including Britain's Orange Prize, the PEN/Faulkner Prize, and the Book Sense Book of the Year. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is the co-owner of Parnassus Books.
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A soprano is hired to sing for a wealthy industrialist in South America. She, and others, become hostages to some bad hombres. By the end of the movie, the hombres become music lovers. I love books in which the character of the book's population mutate.
The book was made into a movie. I hope I can catch it some day.
The narrative was sometimes very lengthy and somewhat boring in its detail. I found myself skipping over some of the long paragraphs just to move along in the action. This is one of my criticisms of the book. Otherwise, the characters were very believable and human. There were one or two surprises. Overall, I can recommend this book, but there are other books I like much better.