Book Reviews of Bel Canto

Bel Canto
Bel Canto
Author: Ann Patchett
ISBN-13: 9780060838720
ISBN-10: 0060838728
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 318
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 278 ratings
Publisher: Perennial
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 6
I simply could not put it down. Patchett is as enthralling as the opera music in the story of a party taken hostage, and the unlikely relationships that blossom when simply given the chance. Bel Canto was beautifully written, and held me until the very end.
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Helpful Score: 6
I really loved this book. It is so intense and so masterfully written. It haunted me for days after finishing it....
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Helpful Score: 2
I wasn't crazy about this book although it was highly acclaimed. Her writing style is good but, the story was a bit bland for me.
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Helpful Score: 2
Bel Canto relies very heavily on the knowledge of opera. While I am not very familiar with opera, the story line was still good. The book is set in an undisclosed foreign country, at a lavish birthday party. Terrorists take the party goers hostage and relationships emerge. It has received great reviews, including the Pen/Faulkner Award.
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Helpful Score: 2
I really enjoyed this book. It got you deep into unique characters and built a relationship with them. It dragged on in parts and abrubtly ended, so there was some disappointment, but I'd still highly recommend it.
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Helpful Score: 1
First rate escape book. Leaves much to think about. Memorable!
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Helpful Score: 1
Interesting and thought-provoking, though improbable.
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Helpful Score: 1
I enjoyed this book. It is an easy read that once in a while got bogged down with details and character descriptions, but generally well written. A story about some very important people (politician, world-renown opera singer, powerful business man, ect.) taken hostage during a celebration at the vice president's house somewhere in South America.
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Helpful Score: 1
A famous soprano is in a difficult situation with several other prominent people. Beautifully written of all the various characters and their lives' changing during the event.
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Helpful Score: 1
About what might happen in a hostage situation - not what you may expect in this instance; more of a fictionalization of reality vs. unreality. Takes place in a large home and yard in a fictional, unnamed town in some country that is mostly jungle. It is interesting and I enjoyed reading it.
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Helpful Score: 1
All I can say is that I couldn't finish this book, which has only happened to me about 5 times in my life... That said, I know a lot of people who loved it.
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I quite enjoyed this book. Some do not like the ending, but I'm not sure there could have been a different one. As most books, the end came very quickly, abruptly, and I was sad that I was done reading it. What a great story. This is my first Ann Patchett book, and I look forward to reading more.
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It's my second time reading Bel Canto.
I love it and everything Ann Patchett has written.
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This book pulled me in. Suspenseful. Believable. Even now, months/a year after reading it, I remember the story almost perfectly. You won't forget it either. A good read.
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I love Ann Patchett's writing style!
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A love story based on music
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I just adored this book. The characters interacted in the most incredible way. This story is a building block of how as people we are much more alike then we are different.
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My god, the ending. So bittersweet, so poignant, so unexpected. A very good read overall.
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Truly enjoyed this book. I am looking forward to reading more by Ann Patchett.
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This book was incredibly difficult for me to get through. It just couldn't hold my interest, and the ending was bizarre to me. I was glad it was over.
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Opera and terrorism make strange bedfellows, yet in this novel they complement each other nicely. At a birthday party for Japanese industrialist Mr. Hosokawa somewhere in South America, famous American soprano Roxanne Coss is just finishing her recital in the Vice President's home when armed terrorists appear, intending to take the President hostage. However, he is not there, so instead they hold the international businesspeople and diplomats at the party, releasing all the women except Roxanne. Captors and their prisoners settle into a strange domesticity, with the opera diva captivating them all as she does her daily practicing. Soon romantic liaisons develop with the hopeless intensity found in many opera plots. Patchett (The Patron Saint of Liars) balances terrorism, love, and music nicely here.
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It was a book that actually held my attention with many international characters.
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Great story - enjoyed by book group, recommended to others.
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I enjoyed reading the interaction of a variety of people from variant backgrounds.
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I love books where the characters' storylines intertwine in unforeseen ways. This is a book that will stay with you long after the last page.
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I struggled with this book, but liked it, despite some rather repetitive sections, and parts that did not seem to flow well. The reasons I persisted were the glowing reviews and awards, and to reach the ending which, as reported, was depressing.
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Terrorists, hostages, a tragic-comedy.