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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.