Bel Canto
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Bel Canto

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Description

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 doing what she does best. . . . What gives this novel its power is Patchett's flair for sketching the subtleties of her characters' behavior."-New York Times Book Review



Freshman Common Book: NYU/Steinhardt School, Converse College, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Product details

  • Paperback | 318 pages
  • 140 x 208 x 28mm | 340g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reissue, Deluxe
  • 0061565318
  • 9780061565311
  • 110,637

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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. Roxane 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. Friendship, compassion, and the chance for great love lead the characters to forget the real danger that has been set in motion . . . and cannot be stopped.
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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)
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