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Bel Canto

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Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award - Winner of the Orange Prize - National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Bel Canto is its own universe. A marvel of a book. --Washington Post Book World

New York Times bestselling author Ann Patchett's spellbinding novel about love and opera, and the unifying ways people learn to communicate across cultural barriers in times of crisis

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 gun-wielding 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.

Patchett'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
  • 135 x 206 x 21mm | 263g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0060838728
  • 9780060838720
  • 90,370

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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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Review quote

"Patchett's ability to evoke sense of place. . .is near magical in itself."--Publishers Weekly
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About Ann Patchett

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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Rating details

248,799 ratings
3.93 out of 5 stars
5 34% (84,278)
4 36% (89,109)
3 21% (53,469)
2 7% (16,388)
1 2% (5,555)

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.show 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 chapter.show more
by Belen Garcia
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