Bel Canto: The best selling Winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and author of The Dutch House – EPUB


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    REVIEW Ð PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Ann Patchett Ann Patchett ☆ 0 CHARACTERS Bel Canto: The best selling Winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and author of The Dutch House – EPUB Bel Canto seems to be the Marmite of novels — you either love it or hate it The one person in my book group who prefers non fictio

  2. says: REVIEW Bel Canto: The best selling Winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and author of The Dutch House Ann Patchett ☆ 0 CHARACTERS Bel Canto: The best selling Winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and author of The Dutch House – EPUB

    Bel Canto: The best selling Winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and author of The Dutch House – EPUB Ann Patchett is an author that I have heard of but had never read any of her books This book was recommended by a friend whose taste I admire and coincided with the author's latest book receiving some very positive marketing So it's fair to say that I had high expectationsWhilst I was reading the book I was talking to o

  3. says: Ann Patchett ☆ 0 CHARACTERS REVIEW Ð PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Ann Patchett Bel Canto: The best selling Winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and author of The Dutch House – EPUB

    Bel Canto: The best selling Winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and author of The Dutch House – EPUB Enchanting story told wonderfully Read the negative reviews from those who expected a conventional action thril

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    Ann Patchett ☆ 0 CHARACTERS REVIEW Ð PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Ann Patchett REVIEW Bel Canto: The best selling Winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and author of The Dutch House Bel Canto Italian for Beautiful Singing or Beautiful SongIf Puccini was alive today he may well have written this story This is a book that centers around an opera singer and is written in the style of an opera It has all the hallmarks a heroine who all men fall in love with love affairs between unlikely protagonists West Side Story style bad gang find common ground and love with good gang poor meet rich natio

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Bel Canto: The best selling Winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and author of The Dutch House

Ann Patchett ☆ 0 CHARACTERS REVIEW Ð PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Ann Patchett CHARACTERS ´ Bel Canto: The best selling Winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and author of The Dutch House But what begins as a panicked life threatening scenario slowly evolves into something uite different a moment of great beauty as terrorists and hostages forge unexpected bonds and people from different continents become compatriots intimate friends and lover. Enchanting story told wonderfully Read the negative reviews from those who expected a conventional action thriller and were disappointed In fact this book is something far far better It has its tensions but these are much subtle as the characters and their relationships unfold in strange circumstances And if you like music especially opera you are in for a rare treat

REVIEW Ð PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett ☆ 0 CHARACTERS REVIEW Ð PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Ann Patchett CHARACTERS ´ Bel Canto: The best selling Winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and author of The Dutch House Winner of The Womens Prize for Fiction and the PENFaulkner Award for FictionThe poignant and at times very funny novel from the author of The Dutch House and CommonwealthSomewhere in South America at the home of the countrys vice president a lavish birthday p. Bel Canto seems to be the Marmite of novels you either love it or hate it The one person in my book group who prefers non fiction to fiction was captivated by it She described the wonders of the characters and events in great detail She described with great feeling incidents that had left me untouched She accessed meaning and depth of character where I found none She talked of love magic romance of the transcendent power of music For her Bel Canto was an immersive experienceUnfortunately the rest of us had a range of less positive responses I was the one who disliked it most and I remain flummoxed by it It s an award winner and I expected to enjoy it The first 80 pages or so were readable and I settled down with the expectation that it would develop but it became for me steadily tedious flat and unbelievable I was locked out of it as if watching the action from behind a glass screen Because the characters cannot speak each others languages there is very little dialogue so there is little chance for them to talk for themselves Patchett instead tells us what everyone is thinking and feeling she tells us that Mr Hosokowa and Roxane Coss the diva who casts her spell over everyone in the house have fallen in love though I really couldn t see or believe itPatchett also seems to wilfully ignore psychology What group of men than 50 if I remember correctly held hostage by some pretty lacklustre terrorists inclined to spend their days watching TV would not attempt some kind of rebellion What group of alpha males would be so mesmerised by the sound and sight of Roxane Coss that they would all every one fall in love and become passive and content to live there for ever I did wonder if this was an allusion to the Siren beguiling all who hear her song but no there was nothing sinister or complex about itI longed for real detail about how everyone managed for weeks without a change of underwear or how the single intermediary managed to get enough food into the house each day to feed all the captives and their captors for so long Or what they all did all day because I couldn t believe they were all content to just stare out of the window looking at the scenery not for months on end Nothing about the book felt authentic to me Not the setting in some unnamed South American country which is vaguely ridiculed Not the characters not the way they are reported as interacting with each other Imagine my astonishment when after I d finished I discovered that it was based on real events in Lima in 1996Someone in the book group wondered whether Bel Canto is supposed to be understood like an opera An implausible plot that exists only to offer opportunities for big emotions and arias Characters who react unrealistically A lack of everyday detail A chorus of male hostages who are mainly silent and invisible until called on to fill a scene A sudden dramatic ending Unfortunately Patchett can only tell us about the music so the novel lacks the sublime musical moments that make the ridiculousness of most operas bearable And this is a fundamental problem when writing a novel about music You need to hear the music not just be told how wonderful it isI think possibly the only way of knowing whether you ll fall under Bel Canto s strange spell or not is to read it for yourself If you get to page 100 and are feeling bored and uninvolved give up It really isn t worth continuing if you are locked out

REVIEW Bel Canto: The best selling Winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and author of The Dutch House

Ann Patchett ☆ 0 CHARACTERS REVIEW Ð PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ☆ Ann Patchett CHARACTERS ´ Bel Canto: The best selling Winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction and author of The Dutch House Arty is being held in honour of the powerful businessman Mr Hosokawa Roxane Coss operas most revered soprano has mesmerised the international guests with her singingIt is a perfect evening until a band of gun wielding terrorists takes the entire party hostage. Ann Patchett is an author that I have heard of but had never read any of her books This book was recommended by a friend whose taste I admire and coincided with the author s latest book receiving some very positive marketing So it s fair to say that I had high expectationsWhilst I was reading the book I was talking to others about it and many people I know have read itTo my delight I found this book to give me real joy as it is an amazing study of human nature The action is set in an unspecified South American country where a party is drawn to an abrupt ending by a group of terrorists who then take everyone as hostagesWe then follow the progress of the situation and observe how the relationships developIn some ways the writing is immensely claustrophobic with freuent mention of the day to day detail necessary to maintain life and sanity Surrounding this there is much beauty and love which seems both unlikely and absolutely natural at the same timeInside the house the terrorists and the hostages seem content for time to drift as their lives slow down and it s very much the same for the reader It is odd how such a gripping book took me a long time to read that s usually a bad sign but with this book I was just savouring itAs the end approaches the tension for the reader mounts we know the book is running out of pages but the hostages still have no idea what is going to happen and I loved the end of the book it was surprising but completely plausibleI was particularly curious about how the passing of time was illustrated It would have been easy for the author to date time chapters or something similar but it is handled in a much subtle way with the reader having to search for clues clothes needing to be washed and beards having been grown as just two examples We really only have a vague idea about how long the siege has been underway which is much the same for all those involved