Bel Canto

Bel Canto In an unnamed South American country a world renowned soprano sings at a birthday party in honor of a visiting Japanese industrial titan Alas in the opening sequence a ragtag band of terrorists

  • Title: Bel Canto
  • Author: Ann Patchett
  • ISBN: 9780060838720
  • Page: 103
  • Format: Paperback
  • In an unnamed South American country, a world renowned soprano sings at a birthday party in honor of a visiting Japanese industrial titan Alas, in the opening sequence, a ragtag band of 18 terrorists enters the vice presidential mansion through the air conditioning ducts Their quarry is the president, who has unfortunately stayed home to watch a favorite soap opera AndIn an unnamed South American country, a world renowned soprano sings at a birthday party in honor of a visiting Japanese industrial titan Alas, in the opening sequence, a ragtag band of 18 terrorists enters the vice presidential mansion through the air conditioning ducts Their quarry is the president, who has unfortunately stayed home to watch a favorite soap opera And thus, from the beginning, things go awry.Among the hostages are Russian, Italian, and French diplomatic types Swiss Red Cross negotiator oachim Messner comes and goes, wrangling over terms and demands Days stretch into weeks, the weeks into months Joined by no common language except music, the 58 international hostages and their captors forge unexpected bonds Time stands still, priorities rearrange themselves Ultimately, of course, something has to give.Hearing opera sung live for the first time, a young priest reflects Never had he thought, never once, that such a woman existed, one who stood so close to God that God s own voice poured from her How far she must have gone inside herself to call up that voice It was as if the voice came from the center part of the earth and by the sheer effort and diligence of her will she had pulled it up through the dirt and rock and through the floorboards of the house, up into her feet, where it pulled through her, reaching, lifting, warmed by her, and then out of the white lily of her throat and straight

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    • Ann Patchett

      Patchett was born in Los Angeles, California Her mother is the novelist Jeanne Ray.She moved to Nashville, Tennessee when she was six, where she continues to live Patchett said she loves her home in Nashville with her doctor husband and dog If asked if she could go any place, that place would always be home Home is e stable window that opens out into the imagination Patchett attended high school at St Bernard Academy, a private, non parochial Catholic school for girls run by the Sisters of Mercy Following graduation, she attended Sarah Lawrence College and took fiction writing classes with Allan Gurganus, Russell Banks, and Grace Paley She later attended the Iowa Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where she met longtime friend Elizabeth McCracken It was also there that she wrote her first novel, The Patron Saint of Liars.In 2010, when she found that her hometown of Nashville no longer had a good book store, she co founded Parnassus Books with Karen Hayes the store opened in November 2011 In 2012, Patchett was on the Time 100 list of most influential people in the world by TIME magazine.

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    • This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn t, for the life of me, remember how it ended Turns out, it only seemed familiar to me because it is based on a real life experience In 1995, the president of Peru and many of his guests were taken hostage and held for months Bel Canto is a fictitious story based loosely on those events.I only liked Bel Canto I understand its appeal the coming together of hostages and terrorists alike, but the [...]

    • Let me preface this review by saying that I know this a disproportionately emotional review, but it s my review and my emotions and it is what it is.In 1996, the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the home was raided by military force killing all the insurgents, many executed after they surrendered At a time when Peru suffered an undercurrent of terrorist activity, president Fujimori was praised for his handling of th [...]

    • Holy crap This One Dayer deserves applause praise it will surely stay with you like some truly terrific best yet, catchy song for days days to come.What happens when terrorists take over a party held in honor of a Japanese businessman at the house of the Vice President of some unknown South American city A translator is thankfully employed, a Diva is made to sing like a modern Scheherazade Renaissance flourishes as these individuals in the most insane of circumstances come together to realize th [...]

    • How did Patchett do this A seemingly horrifying event turned into a mystical one Where lines of good vs evil are blurred Where time is suspended.It s a birthday party gala in South America The guest of honour, a powerful Japanese figurehead, almost didn t make it himself except for the soprano whose voice he adores As the final note is sung, the lights go out and the guerrillas enter The party is hijacked for political reasons but what transpires during the next few months are the unusual relati [...]

    • This is one of my top five favorite books Bel Canto made me a devoted Patchett fan, although her other work hasn t quite stood up to the high expectations this one set for her Just to set the scene, I read this book while on a three week trip through Europe Travelling by train, I had plenty of time to read, but missed a lot of the beautiful countryside especially of France and Switzerland because I simply couldn t tear myself away from this book, it was that good My husband woke up on the train [...]

    • How could a wanna read bad TBR turn into a sorry ass DNF WTF DNF OMG WTF Who AM I I finish every book I start, yet I did not finish this one And I LOVE Ann Patchett Her State of Wonder is one of my all time favorite books What the fuck is going on DNF I m having a serious crisis here Have I thought this out carefully Can I really pull off abandoning this book I must do it Calm down It s okay Listen to your friends who whisper, It s fine.let go A zillion other books are beckoning Yes, life is too [...]

    • 1.5 overwrought, stereotypical, ridiculous stars 2015 Most Disappointing Read Award tie Of all the books on my reading list, Bel Canto was one that I was most looking forward to You see after my faith and my loved ones the thing I most adore is Opera Opera has been my passion, my solace, my escape and the most direct connection to my emotional life I have found Opera beautiful, profound, wise and affirming I was introduced to Opera at the age of 10 and since then there has not been a day where I [...]

    • To me, this book is luminous Glorious Magnificent Perfect Well, almost perfect I ll explain in a moment I first read Bel Canto in 2005, and I was so absorbed in the story that I would sneak away from my desk at work just to have a few precious moments with it The story opens with a renowned opera singer, Roxanne Coss, giving a private performance at the home of a vice president of an unnamed South American country Several people in the room are already in love with her, and others will fall in l [...]

    • Men of great importance were held hostage with a soprano Until they realized how trivial their existences have been to the world and the world s to them Men of different countries, men of different taste and language shut their eyes to the same beauty Terrorists with gun earned sympathy worshipping that beauty only A priest found his God next to him.Bel Canto embodies art itself The book celebrates the love for what is beyond and what is incomparably greater Our deaths don t define us, neither o [...]

    • I was only 3 when Patty Hearst showed up on TV toting a semi automatic weapon looking bewildered and stylish in a length leather belted coat Do I remember this Hell no, I was three, but later you know when I was like eight or nine and I would think it was so cool that she was brainwashed what an interesting word and I d have Barbie kidnap Skipper and force her to drop her frumpy ways and really live the lie , I mean life Sorry.So, what does that have to do with this Well, I guess you could say t [...]

    • A novel about a hostage crisis that goes wrong with very sexy results, Bel Canto might have been a better read if at some point Patchett did anything to acknowledge the plot s ridiculousness Instead, she treats the readers to vague social commentary about South America, multiple nobel savage tropes, and a crisis situation where people do have sex, but only after first taking the time to fall in love It s also somewhat about opera, so allow me the metaphor that Bel Canto hits all the obvious note [...]

    • Stay With This One It s Worth It.Bel Canto is one of those novels that is good on so many levels, it s taken me days after finishing it to put my thoughts about the story and the characters into words This work is as lyrical and dramatic as any opera, and the word brilliant isn t excessive to describe the talent of author, Ann Patchett I wondered how she came up with such a remarkable and unique story, but then learned she d been influenced by actual events involving a hostage situation in Peru [...]

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    • I just couldn t do it The premise was great, the writing was swallowable, but the story The painful, painful story There was no character that I truly cared about, and when the hostages became free or whatever I threw the book across the room and there it has remained ever since A hefty dust bunny now resides atop I d rather read Better Homes and Gardens than finish this one.

    • I read this book because my girlfriend who loved it recommended it to me She also implied that I could stand to girly up my reading list a little, which is probably fair Man does not live by novelizations of 70s cop movies and 80s slasher movie tie ins alone.Anyway, I thought it was good The characters were all likable and the story was engaging, if wholly improbable Bel Canto could just as easily have been titled The Lighter Side of Stockholm Syndrome My main problem with it was the writing sty [...]

    • Bel Canto is the second book I ve read by Ann Patchett Commonwealth was the first and I loved it I d been wanting to read Bel Canto for a long time I liked some of the book but there were parts of it that really seemed to drag on and I had no problem setting it aside at intervals I felt like the action came very late in the story The ending was fine, however, I wasn t thrilled or even kind of pleased with the epilogue For all the hype I d hear about this book, it was somewhat of a letdown That s [...]

    • Ann Patchett, Bel Canto Harper, 2001 I have spent quite a while mulling this over, and have finally come to the conclusion that, patterned after Greek tragic opera or not, I can t forgive Ann Patchett for the climax of this novel Much of that has to do with the beginning of the novel I d have been inclined to be forgiving had the first hundred pages not moved at a snail s pace But the book finally picked up, everything was going along swimmingly, and then, suddenly, bam the most predictable pos [...]

    • i don t think i want to rate this book in my opinion it s not a good book, but there is something very powerful about it and i don t think a rating can do justice to the combination of these two facts the fact that it isn t a good book and the fact that there is something powerful about it it isn t a good book for all the reasons everyone who gave it one star brings up what is powerful about it is that the whole book is a tribute to womanhood someone told me yesterday that everyone loves women i [...]

    • There is nothing I can say I don t even know how.Instead, I will veil my head, lament the deaths of each person loved since the beginning of time, and cry tears of unsurpassed desolation in the hopes that tomorrow, the sun will shine on my face and god will see me standing there.

    • Exquisite Patchett does two really remarkable things here Well, she does many remarkable things, but two I d particularly like to point out 1 When an author loves her characters too much, the reader can often tell Situations and descriptions seem contrived, and there is a veneer of usually unintentional dishonesty But in Bel Canto, it s clear that Patchett is in love with her characters, yet she is able to remain objective and in control Her role as the omniscient narrator allows her to travel i [...]

    • it was readable flat characters overly foreshadowed i brought it to the beach b c i thought it d be a good beach read it reminded me of jean jacques beneix s film Diva, except instead of some large complex crime with lots of confusion and intrigue, it was simple and dull maudlin and vapid everyone loves the soprano everyone loves each other both music and love are transcendent, ephemeral, and life altering the endchokengtitik

      titikchokengs the book definitely takes place in peru.

    • Bel canto means beautiful song, and Anne Patchett wanted to write a melodrama Big emotions, big events, like an opera The plot of her book seems allegorical it s certainly not realistic, which makes it a surprise that it s based on real events She was inspired by the Japanese embassy hostage crisis of 1996, during which a number of diplomats were taken hostage for a remarkable 126 days She thought I m taking much of my information from a terrific interview at the end of the book she thought, You [...]

    • All in all a little too sugar coated for my taste the discovered friendships, unlikely loves, the pervading beauty of every damn thing And the purported passion surrounding one of the most important elements, opera, was unconvincing It felt largely like a vacuous prop to be honest, like rattling off a list of arias to prove yourself a connoisseur of the beautiful.But the writing was decent and I decided about a quarter of the way through I shouldn t be too hard hearted and the book aimed to sof [...]

    • Bel Canto may be one of the top ten books I ve read this year It is absolutely beautifully written and very gripping I really felt like I was there and that I was getting to know the characters as they got to know each other I felt like one of them Without giving anything away, I was totally surprised and shocked by the ending However, in retrospect, I realized that it really couldn t have ended any other way I recommend Bel Canto for everyone.____________________________________________________ [...]

    • I mostly choose to try reading this book because someone I like told me it d be good, and definitely made it sound interesting When I looked at it individually, I wasn t that interested, and I stopped reading about after 100 pages.The characters seem uniform except for the Mr Hosokowa Somehow, they became flat It feels like there s no distinction between gender eventually, and the small quirks that separate each person start to fade out under all the jabbering about the opera singer Exhausted, w [...]

    • I have no words to express my thoughts on BEL CANTO, but Pat Conroy on pages 173 and 174 of the large print edition of A LOWCOUNTRY HEART REFLECTIONS ON A WRITING LIFE beautifully reflects my feelings with the following words But for me, Ann Patchett went to the top of the class when she published Bel Canto, a book that knocked my socks offAnn Patchett did that wondrous, walking on water kind of thing she created a whole world that contained grand opera, the revolutionary spirit always alive and [...]

    • I am so upset But not for the reasons one might expect The fact that it was not a happy ending was expected On the contrary, most authors would have made a happy ending out of this story, and I applaud Ann Patchett for not taking the easy way out however much I wanted it for all the characters I became attached to Which she did was not necessarily worse, but definitely as bad It was not only sudden, but seemingly random Almost as if she was rushed to meet a deadline Almost exactly in the middle [...]

    • Books are so subjective No matter how much we know this, it s still shocking to love a book and see that others hated it, or to hate a book that others loved It s the same for everything else in life people, films, TV shows, vacation spots, singers, etc etc We are all so very different.Sometimes, when I finish a book, if I didn t like it, I will usually have very concrete reasons why I did not And sometimes I will have very concrete reasons why I did like a book But often, as is the case with BE [...]

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