Bibliofemme Bookclub An Irish Bookclub

January 10, 2012

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Filed under: Bookclub Books,Literature — The Connoisseur @ 3:07 pm
Bel Canto Book Cover Bel Canto
Ann Patchett
HarperCollins Publishers

Meeting: Sunday 27th April 2003

A spellbinding novel set in the sumptuous home of a humble vice-president of an un-named Latin American country.

The action begins, and just as quickly dissipates, when kidnappers burst into a party given in honour of a visiting Japanese businessman and would-be investor.

Amidst the andante that follows we watch the unlikely relationships that develop between the captors and their foreign hostages.

Central to the story is the beautiful opera star, Roxanne Coss, whose daily arias elevate the daily routine in captivity to something of a surreal siege.

Stimulating, sensuous and incredibly well written with both evocative and humorous moments. I cannot wait to see the movie, however, I do hope that this time they do change the ending. The Connoisseur 4/5

Score awarded by Bibliofemme: 3.9 out of 5

Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award
Winner of the Orange Prize
New York Times Bestseller
National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

What the other femmes had to say
The Athlete “Highly enjoyable read with a mixture of everything.” 4/5

The Historian “A seductive read – once you suspend disbelief.” 4/5

The Writer “Beautifully written, superb characters, excellent story-line. Loved it (despite the ending).” 4/5

The Techie “Well written and quite gripping, I did not want to put it down” 4/5

The DJ “A warm, sensuous book about the nature of communication and the things that bind our souls together. A wonderful read.” 4/5

The Artist “A story of humanity and the innate connections between all people. A quiet read with a disappointing tied up conclusion.” 3/5

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