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Bel canto

by Patchett, Ann.

Format: Book on CD ℗2007.
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 6 of 6 copies
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Andrew Carnegie Free Library Audio CD FIC PATCHE
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library Audio Visual CD BOOK FIC PAT
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library Audio Visual CD BOOK FIC PAT
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Audio Books CD PATCHETT Ann
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Shaler North Hills Library Audiovisual CD PATCHETT [B-O-CD]
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Summary

Somewhere in South America at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening--until a band of terrorists breaks in, taking the entire party hostage.

But what begins as a life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different. 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.

Ann Patchett has written a novel that is as lyrical and profound as it is unforgettable. Bel Canto is a virtuoso performance by one of our best and most important writers.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Readers curious about the emotional flow between hostages and their takers should cotton to this novel based on the 1996 Tupac Amaru takeover of the Japanese ambassadorial residence in Lima, Peru. It traces the hostages' adjusting attitudes during the torpor of a months-long siege. Relief from their tedium takes the form of luscious world-class soprano Roxane Coss, who had been entertaining an international assortment of diplomats and businesspersons when the terrorists took the Peruvian vice president's house. Everybody loves her, eventually--a Russian diplomat, the Japanese tycoon who paid for her performance, one of the teenage hostage-takers, and so on. The medium for all professions of admiration and love is polylingual Gen Watanabe. As Watanabe flits from conversation to conversation, Patchett develops the characters' thoughts. Watanabe, for example, takes a shine to a child-soldier terrorist, Carmen, who comes to share the fate of an operatic earlier bearer of her name. Unhurriedly, even languorously, Patchett brings readers into the minds of the characters. --Gilbert Taylor"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "As her readers now eagerly anticipate, Patchett (The Magician's Assistant) can be counted on to deliver novels rich in imaginative bravado and psychological nuance. This fluid and assured narrative, inspired by a real incident, demonstrates her growing maturity and mastery of form as she artfully integrates a musical theme within a dramatic story. Celebrated American soprano Roxane Coss has just finished a recital in the home of the vice-president of a poor South American country when terrorists burst in, intent on taking the country's president hostage. The president, however, has not attended the concert, which is a birthday tribute in honor of a Japanese business tycoon and opera aficionado. Determined to fulfill their demands, the rough, desperate guerrillas settle in for a long siege. The hostages, winnowed of all women except Roxane, whose voice beguiles her captors, are from many countries; their only common language is a love of opera. As the days drag on, their initial anguish and fear give way to a kind of complex domesticity, as intricately involved as the melodies Roxane sings during their captivity. While at first Patchett's tone seems oddly flippant and detached, it soon becomes apparent that this light note is an introduction to her main theme, which is each character's cathartic experience. The drawn-out hostage situation comes to seem normal, even halcyon, until the inevitable rescue attempt occurs, with astonishing consequences. Patchett proves equal to her themes; the characters' relationships mirror the passion and pain of grand opera, and readers are swept up in a crescendo of emotional fervor. 8-city author tour. (June) Forecast: Opera can be a tough sell, and though the musical theme is deftly integrated, this book may have a harder time catching readers' interest than did Patchett's first novel, The Patron Saint of Liars. Positive critical response should attract attention, however. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Women singers -- Fiction.
Victims of terrorism -- Fiction.
Embassy buildings -- Fiction.
Hostages -- Fiction.
South America -- Fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Love stories.
Audiobooks.
Publisher [New York] :Harper Audio,℗2007.
Edition Unabridged ed.
Contributors Fields, Anna, 1965-2006.
Participants/Performers Performed by Anna Fields.
Language English
Notes Unabridged.
Compact discs.
Description 9 audio discs (11 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 9780061429491
006142949X
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