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Download Bel Canto ePub à 352 pages ✓ Ann Patchett ↠ In an unnamed South American country a world renowned soprano sings at a birthday party in honor of a visiting Japanese industrial titan Alas in the opening seuence a ragtag band of 18 terrorists enters the vice presidential mansion through the air conditioning Iss Red Cross negotiator Joachim Messner comes and goes wrangling over terms and demands Days stretch into weeks the weeks into months Joined by no common language except music the 58 international hostages and their captors forge unexpected bonds Time stands still priorities rearrange themselves Ultimately of course something has to giveHearing opera sung live for the first time a young priest reflects Never had he thought never once that such a woman existed one who How could a wanna read bad TBR turn into a sorry ass DNF?WTF? DNF OMGWTF?Who AM I? I finish every book I start yet I did not finish this one And I LOVE Ann Patchett Her State of Wonder is one of my all time favorite books What the fuck is going on?DNFI’m having a serious crisis here Have I thought this out carefully? Can I really pull off abandoning this book? I must do it Calm down It’s okay Listen to your friends who whisper “It’s finelet go” A zillion other books are beckoning Yes life is too short to keep reading something you hate If I repeat that last sentence enough times I’ll start believing it right? OMGOh my god I did it I DNF’d it and I didn’t die A weird feeling still remains howeverI’m so speechless about throwing this book out the window that I’ve resorted to acronyms to express myself blurting out clumps of capital letters and exclamation points Usually I rely on strong verbs and a chain of touchy adjectives but here no I just have unpronounceable cap combos Now that’s badLet’s start with the fact that yes I’ve been dying to read this The title however shooed me away for a long while; I hate opera and all its bel canto ness Then a friend assured me that it wasn’t about opera that it was about a terrorist attack with a bunch of hostages So I ignored my title hatred and rubbed my hands in glee Who doesn’t like a good hostage story as long as it’s in the hands of a pro? And I knew Patchett’s a pro I don’t know how she did it but Patchett managed to make a terrorist attack boring I didn’t get a sense of mad confusion or terror; it all seemed muted and sort of civilized And eventually many of the terrorists become nice guys I know she wanted to show their humanity but she went overboardAnd my biggest complaint is that she told us immediately who wins in the end Completely ruined it for me The fun is in wondering how it turns out I don’t know what she was thinking seriouslyI don’t like opera as I’ve said Surely there would have been at least a few hostages and terrorists who didn’t like it either But no every single person seemed to be transported to la la land when the little songbird opened her mouth If it were me lying on the floor surrounded by armed terrorists I would be bemoaning not only my uestionable fate but also the fact that I was stuck in a room listening to non stop eardrum shattering high pitched screeching Just my luck I’d be thinking It would disrupt any calming thoughts I was working on it would take away any chance I had of internal peace I’d be begging the terrorists for ear plugsThe characters were lifeless and boring and I didn’t care an iota about any of them much in the same way I don’t give a shit about cardboard The only thing I liked was imagining a whole group of people lying face up and motionless on the floor having conversations while looking at the ceiling This uniue scenario seemed trippy and I loved thinking about horizontal chit chatSomehow Patchett managed to take the tense out of terrorism no easy feat It was pure torture to pick this book up and I only made it halfway through I wanted so much to love this book and god knows I didn’t want to abandon it I wanted the reality to be different I didn’t want my love of Ann Patchett tainted Because now whenever I think of the sweet State of Wonder I’ll also think of the sour Bel Canto Very sad Of course Patchett is a skilled writer

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Stood so close to God that God's own voice poured from her How far she must have gone inside herself to call up that voice It was as if the voice came from the center part of the earth and by the sheer effort and diligence of her will she had pulled it up through the dirt and rock and through the floorboards of the house up into her feet where it pulled through her reaching lifting warmed by her and then out of the white lily of her throat and straight to God in heaven This is one of my top five favorite books Bel Canto made me a devoted Patchett fan although her other work hasn't uite stood up to the high expectations this one set for her Just to set the scene I read this book while on a three week trip through Europe Travelling by train I had plenty of time to read but missed a lot of the beautiful countryside especially of France and Switzerland because I simply couldn't tear myself away from this book it was that good My husband woke up on the train at one point the ending of the book to my sobs I was so overcome I couldn't even tell him what was the matter he was really worried for a minute therethen he thought I was crazy I should clarify that I'm not an especially emotional person I had just formed such a strong attachment to the characters in this book that the ending hit me almost as hard as losing a friend Plus it was just so beautifully done that the loss was almost bittersweet This book gave me so much to think about that I wanted to grab someone anyone who had read this book and talk it all out with them Well that was almost two years ago so my furor has died down I need to read it again to write a fair reviewFor the time being though first I loved the writing I admire any author who can tell a great story with the words ushering me along rather than tripping me up Another reviewer referred to the book as lyrical and I heartily agree It was just beautifully done Second such richly imagined characters were a delight to spend time with I thought each character was fully developed and interesting Even the minor characters about whom I received limited information still felt real And I got the sense that there was so much to know about them lurking just below the surface Finally the story was heartbreakingly beautiful As my waterworks attest it was very moving without feeling like my emotions were being made sport of In the ending it all just came together for me Bel Canto referring to the beautiful song that was the idyllic life of the hostages and captives But just like the opera singer's song had to end eventually their peaceful suspension from reality could not endure To me what made the story and the illusion so poignant was the knowledge they had all along that it WOULD end An audience can't fool itself into thinking a performance will last indefinitely but perhaps the awareness of the end in sight makes the beauty of the moment all the valuable That reference made this story even meaningful to me I just loved itI gave this book five stars but it wasn't absolutely perfect I actually strongly disliked the epilogue I found it disheartening somewhat contrived and generally unecessary The story would have been better off without it In spite of that this book is everything a great book should beUPDATE Reread in August 2009 I still loved it and enjoyed the writing but it wasn't the same experience it was the first time I wasn't as impressed as moved or as eager to share this book with others as I was the first time around It must have just been the way it hit me at that time in my life Even without it being the earth shatteringly awesome book I felt it was before I still highly recommend it

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Bel CantoIn an unnamed South American country a world renowned soprano sings at a birthday party in honor of a visiting Japanese industrial titan Alas in the opening seuence a ragtag band of 18 terrorists enters the vice presidential mansion through the air conditioning ducts Their uarry is the president who has unfortunately stayed home to watch a favorite soap opera And thus from the beginning things go awryAmong the hostages are Russian Italian and French diplomatic types Sw Let me preface this review by saying that I know this a disproportionately emotional review but it's my review and my emotions and it is what it isIn 1996 the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the home was raided by military force killing all the insurgents many executed after they surrendered At a time when Peru suffered an undercurrent of terrorist activity president Fujimori was praised for his handling of the crisis and his approval rating soared Since then the commanders in the Peruvian army have been on trial for homicide but granted amnesty because they were praised as national heros President Fujimori himself is in prison for human rights violations not from this incidence but still an interesting side note since those loss of rights are linked to his low tolerance for terrorist activity A very interesting story that happened in Peru a country with a name and a history interesting than opera but this I'm afraid was not that storyIt upset me to realize that Patchett was using a piece of Peruvian history with no intention of telling a story of Peru or its political unrest or even including a proper description of the country She only refers to the host country or this godforsaken country in a vague brush of one of those South American countries that aren't very important or distinct Did she neglect to put Peru in the story because it defames the country or really is it that they just aren't interesting enough to her? I know I shouldn't be offended that she dedicated this whole book to an opera singer who wasn't even part of the crisis and even gave it an Italian name but a little bit I am Even the about the book section is dedicated all to loving opera without a mention to the actual crisis that inspired the eventsThere is a passage in the book about Roxane the opera singer singing a Czech piece and Gen the translator notes the distinction between knowing the words and speaking the language and only someone who spoke the language would see the lack of understanding Maybe my reading this book was a little like that I felt like I was reading two books simultaneously The one about opera with vague inaccurate concepts of an unnamed Peru where if I had let Patchett guide my visual picture of the book I would have imagined the Von Trapp house stuck in the middle of the jungle And the other of what I know about Peru and the crisis situation trying to meld that visual to this storyI realize that this is a piece of fiction and Patchett has the artistic license to write a fictional description of the crisis anyway she wishes but I didn't like the story she chose to tell A hostage situation is intense but even the takeover she stretches through wanderings of the love of opera and manages to dull it so that not even the hostages seem anything other than mildly putout Maybe it's because I'm not a opera lover there are opera pieces I enjoy but as a whole it's not something I seek out but I found it unbelievable that all these people most of them men would be so mesmerized by an opera singer and all of them fall in love with her and her music I felt as though Patchett was using this story as a vehicle to force me to love opera and me on the other side of the pages resists for nothing than the force of her reuestIt took me over 200 pages to get into this 300 page story and the only thing that eventually dre