- File Size: 653 KB
- Print Length: 336 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Rei Dlx edition (March 17, 2009)
- Publication Date: March 17, 2009
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000FC10S4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,969 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
|Print List Price:||$15.99|
Save $4.00 (25%)
Price set by seller.
Bel Canto (P.S.) Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
|Length: 336 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible book with Whispersync for Voice. Add the Audible book for a reduced price of $12.99 when you buy the Kindle book.
Matchbook Price: $2.99
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Top customer reviews
When finished, oddly enough, I had this immense feeling of humility and gratitude!
Where you are born, REALLY MATTERS!
LOVED the struggles that the author helped each character who self-actualized.
I really like what Patchett attempted with "Bel Canto." It's a quirky comedy of manners in an unlikely setting: a hostage situation in a South American nation brought on by rather mild-mannered "terrorists" and involving a cosmopolitan group of foreign nationals, including a famous American opera singer. What unites the disparate characters over months of siege is love of beautiful music, embodied first by the diva but manifested through other characters as well. There are some truly lyrical passages in which individuals express how they are transported by the diva's singing, notably the humble priest's belief that her talent is a gift from God that brings listeners nearer to God. The book, whose elements of unlikely romance, miscommunication and violence parallel that of many operas, pays homage to the humanizing influence of music.
There is delightful humor woven throughout the book. One hilarious scene has a clueless captive, to everyone's horror, asking the diva whether she can cook for them. Her response is priceless. When the captives require knives to cut vegetables to prepare food, they must rely on the terrorists who, in short time, are crying over onions in the kitchen.
In drawing this humanistic portrait, dramatic tension is sacrificed. There are long stretches in which nothing happens. Because the author is so even-handed toward everyone, there is no one with suspect motives or even at cross purposes with others. The characters are all charming but not very deep. The motives of some of them are baffling and some are just sacrificial plot devices. The story comes to an abrupt climax and there is a tacked on epilogue that I'll bet few readers saw coming. The whole conclusion could have been written in a more satisfying manner (not to make it happily-ever-after, just to make it clearer as is).
"Bel Canto" has passages of real charm and beauty that I felt could not sustain the whole book. Even so, I look forward to reading Ann Patchett's other work.
But before I bought Bel Canto I knew by reading the plethora of reviews and by being familiar with the genius of Ann Patchett in general, that this was going to be a novel with a completely different pace.
And I loved it!!
But for those of you that are having trouble "getting it" ...
Here is why some people Don't "Understand" this book:
1) They are expecting a typical American Style thriller that is high in action. but lower in emotion and characterization through action like the wonderful Black List: A Thriller. Yes, these books are great, but they are different.
2) They have never read the English thriller books such as Where Eagles Dare that are very, very descriptive of every character and the "situations" they are in. Bel Canto is very much written like a true English thriller.
3) They are utterly unfamiliar with the genre of literary fiction such as People of the Book and are perhaps don't have the right kind of attention span.
Here why people "Love, Love, Love" this book:
1) The tension starts off with a bang then continues to build to peaks and valleys through out the book, making them always want to know what is around the corner.
2) The real-ness of the characters that are so unique yet so fabulously true to type. Byt he end of the book every reader know he will take this characters with him for the rest of his life.
3) The privileged look the reader gets inside the culture and psychological progression of a long term hostage situation.
4) When an intelligent reader reads this or any of Ann Patchett's books, he is changed forever. Your perspective and your thoughts are changed forever.
If you take your time and read this book, you will thank me forever.
Also you might want to re-read The Godfather this book is definitely worth a second round.
Most recent customer reviews
Set up an Amazon Giveaway
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Look for similar items by category
- Books > Literature & Fiction > Contemporary
- Books > Literature & Fiction > Dramas & Plays > Regional & Cultural > Caribbean & Latin American
- Books > Literature & Fiction > Literary
- Books > Literature & Fiction > United States
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Contemporary Fiction > American
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Contemporary Fiction > Literary
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Contemporary Fiction > Women's Fiction
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Literary Fiction > Psychological