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Bel canto (2001)

por Ann Patchett

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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 Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. 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 breaks in through the air-conditioning vents and takes the entire party hostage. But what begins as a panicked, life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different, as terrorists and hostages forge unexpected bonds and people from different countries and 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.… (más)
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A wealthy Japanese industrialist is enticed to attend a birthday party celebration hosted by the government of an impoverished South American country by the promise of a performance from an opera singer whom he idolizes. The party is raided by a band of terrorists who hope to kidnap the country’s president. The president has stayed home to watch his favorite soap opera and the terrorists instead take all of the partygoers hostage.

Patchett creates a great cast of characters – both hostages and captors. There are no stereotypes – over the course of the novel we come to care deeply about these characters. As the boundaries between hostages and captors break down it becomes clear that this story will not end well.

The inevitability of the outcome adds to the poignancy of the love stories (of which there are several).

The story is told with a remarkable roving / omniscient point of view that moves seamlessly between characters.

This novel is definitely worthy of all the praise and accolades it has garnered.
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  LenJoy | Mar 14, 2021 |
If you have ever wondered about Stockholm syndrome and how it could play out then this book is a good example. Told in the third person with an ensemble cast where a hostage situation in an unnamed country goes on for months. Like a watching train wreck in slow motion. Some wonderful characters. As one of the protagonists is a celebrated operatic soprano music also plays a large part of this book. Not quite five stars for me as the shifting POV meant that I never felt a strong emotional attachment to any of the characters but a really good read. ( )
  CharlotteBurt | Feb 1, 2021 |
I inhaled this improbable utopian story in a day and enjoyed it a lot, though as I sit down two days later to jot down a note about it, I can remember very little about why I liked it. Was it the story? Was it the writing? Maybe a little of both? I don't recall! It's probably more a 3.5 than a 4-star book for me.

I had never read Patchett before, so it was a treat to pick a first one that I wound up liking.

I do remember that the story seemed set farther back in time than it was actually set, and I'm not really clear on whether this was by design or was just some sort of baggage or misread I brought myself. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
Ponderous - Could not finish ( )
  starkravingmad | Dec 25, 2020 |
Meh.. It was okay, but just that. The characters were flat. You could tell what was going to happen in the end, so when it did, it was anticlimactic. Definitely not a book I'll remember. ( )
  KarlaC | Dec 15, 2020 |
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''Bel Canto'' often shows Patchett doing what she does best -- offering fine insights into the various ways in which human connections can be forged, whatever pressures the world may place upon them.
 
Although this novel is entirely housebound, at the vice presidential mansion, Ms. Patchett works wonders to avoid any sense of claustrophobia and keeps the place fresh at every turn.
 

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Patchett, Annautor principaltodas las edicionesconfirmado
Bonis, OristelleTraductorautor secundarioalgunas edicionesconfirmado
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Fonti e colline chiesi agli Dei;
m 'udiro alfine,
pago io vovro,
ne mai quel fonte co 'desir miei,
ne mai quel monte trapassero


"I asked the Gods for hills and springs;
They listened to me at last.
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nor shall I desire to cross that mountain."

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Sprecher: Ihr Fremdlinge! was sucht oder fordert ihn von uns?
Tamino: Freundschaft und Liebe.
Sprecher: Bist du bereit, es mit deinem Leben zu erkämpfen?
Tamino: Ja.


Speaker: Stranger, what do you seek or ask from us?
Tamino: Friendship and love.
Speaker: And are you prepared even if it costs you your life?
Tamino: I am.

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When the lights went off the accompanist kissed her.
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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 Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. 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 breaks in through the air-conditioning vents and takes the entire party hostage. But what begins as a panicked, life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different, as terrorists and hostages forge unexpected bonds and people from different countries and 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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