Bel Canto

Bel Canto

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"Blissfully Romantic....A strange, terrific, spellcasting story." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"Bel Canto...should be on the list of every literate music lover. The story is riveting, the participants breathe and feel and are alive, and throughout this elegantly-told novel, music pours forth so splendidly that the reader hears it and is overwhelmed by its beauty." --Lloyd Moss, WXQR

"Glorious." --The New Yorker

Ann Patchett's award winning, New York Times bestselling Bel Canto balances themes of love and crisis as disparate characters learn that music is their only common language. As in Patchett's other novels, including Truth & Beauty and The Magician's Assistant, the author's lyrical prose and lucid imagination make Bel Canto a captivating story of strength and frailty, love and imprisonment, and an inspiring tale of transcendent romance.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 318 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 22.86mm | 281.23g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0060838728
  • 9780060838720
  • 46,054

Back cover copy

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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Rating details

202,205 ratings
3.92 out of 5 stars
5 34% (68,629)
4 36% (71,949)
3 22% (43,581)
2 7% (13,499)
1 2% (4,547)

Our customer reviews

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
by Kristen
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 more
by Belen Garcia
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