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Bel Canto

By (author) Ann Patchett

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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.

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  • Paperback | 318 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 281.23g
  • 02 Aug 2005
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0060838728
  • 9780060838720
  • 48,945

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My favorite book of all time

A beautiful book, I was enraptured from start to finish. In this story music transcends language and is a source of inspiration, a catalyst for change, a soundtrack for joy and for tragedy. I was particular enamored with central character Katsumi Hosokawa, a Japanese businessman and lover of Opera. If you share his love of Opera then you will enjoy Bel Canto (an operatic term meaning 'beautiful song') all the more.show more
by Kristen

Clichés and bad Spanish

The characters in this book are so cliché (i.e. all the Greeks wear a moustache, of course) and it was so clear that nobody had took their time to make the terrorists speak in proper Spanish (instead we have a incorrectly written mix of different Spanish styles), that I barely read more than one chapter.show more
by Belen Garcia