Bel Canto

Bel Canto

A Novel

Book - 2001
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Now a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe.

"Blissfully Romantic....A strange, terrific, spellcasting story." -- San Francisco Chronicle

"Bel Canto...should be on the list of every literate music lover. The story is riveting, the participants breathe and feel and are alive, and throughout this elegantly-told novel, music pours forth so splendidly that the reader hears it and is overwhelmed by its beauty." --Lloyd Moss, WXQR

"Glorious." --The New Yorker

Ann Patchett's award winning, New York Times bestselling Bel Canto balances themes of love and crisis as disparate characters learn that music is their only common language. As in Patchett's other novels, including Truth & Beauty and The Magician's Assistant, the author'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.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2001
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780060188733
0060188731
Branch Call Number: FIC Patch 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 318 p

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readerwriter_0
Jan 12, 2019

A wonderful book and well-crafted novel. Brilliant how Patchett uses how small singular events to build momentum toward the mutual discovery of the humanity beneath the circumstance. Highly recommended.

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fpsutka
Nov 21, 2018

I really enjoyed reading this book many years ago. I also enjoyed seeing the film recently at the Bytowne Cinema.

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becker
Sep 27, 2018

I have read this book 3 times over the years and it has never ceased to captivate my attention. I think it has a special quality about it. It is a well crafted look at human nature and the things the separate us as well as the things that bind us. There is lots to read between the lines for the reader that cares to look. Otherwise it is simply a good story.

TechLibrarian Jul 25, 2018

What, there's a movie coming out!? I had no idea, but doubt it could do justice to this absolutely captivating book. I think what I like best about it is the writing itself--literary but clear--though the characters are also quite remarkable. It's not a light book but would still do for a summer read. I'd especially recommend this book to music lovers, though I think pretty much anyone would find it enjoyable! It maybe starts out a bit slow but the pace only builds until the conclusion, when it's a full-on "don't-talk-to-me-I'm-reading" page turner.
-Chelsea

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swdelaney2
Jun 07, 2018

A beautiful book. Highly recommend to read now before the movie comes out!

ArapahoeAnnaL Feb 02, 2018

Humane,funny, tragic and beautifully written. One of my all time favorite books!

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JILLYJELLY
Dec 20, 2017

Meh. I found it sort of tedious. I finished the book and liked the ending but it kind of went on and on and on and on...I think it will be a rare happening where the upcoming movie will be better than the book!

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elizali
Dec 04, 2017

This beautiful book surprised me from beginning to end. All in all refreshing and the writing is fabulous.

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norma777
Nov 01, 2017

Interesting novel about hostages held at a diplomatic party and the opera singer who was there to entertain that evening. Her impact, more importantly, the impact of music, on the hostages and their captors is substantial. This is a subtle, complex book to be savored.

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vikkilawr
Oct 25, 2017

This was my second book by the author. The first, Commonwealth, was difficult to get through. Thumbs down. But I gave her another chance when I picked up this one.

It ran smoother, and until the last few paragraphs of the last chapter (of the main book...not the epilogue) it was wonderful. I knew the end would be tragic, and it was, BUT the epilogue was out of left field. Heck, it was from a different planet! I had to go online to see if I was the only one confused. I'm not. The sudden marriage between two characters who had affairs with others during the hostage part makes no sense. None. Not even if I take the whole novel symbolically.

I kept thinking maybe Roxanne was pregnant with Hosokawa's baby, so Gen married her out of Japanese respect. Pregnancy wasn't even alluded to.

Nope. I am done with this author.

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isilme
Nov 26, 2013

Based on the Lima Crisis, this book is about a group of terrorists who hold high executives and people of high political standing hostage. It explores how the terrorists and hostages cope with living in a house together for several months. Many of the characters form unbreakable bonds of friendship, while some fall in love.

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LazyNeko
Sep 08, 2011

All of the love and the longing a body can contain was spun into not more than two and a half minutes of song, and when she came to the highest notes it seemed that all they had been given in their lives and all they had lost came together and made a weight that was almost impossible to bear.

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