Bel Canto

Bel Canto

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 sequence, a ragtag band of 18 terrorists enters the vice-presidential mansion through the air conditioning ducts. Their quarry is the president, who has unfortunately stayed home to watch a favorite soap opera. And In an unnamed South American country, a world-renowned soprano sings at a birthday party in honor of a visiting Japanese i...

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Title:Bel Canto
Author:Ann Patchett
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Genres:Fiction
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

Bel Canto Reviews

  • karen
    Apr 09, 2007

    This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn't, for the life of me, remember how it ended. Turns out, it only seemed familiar to me because it is based on a real life experience. In 1995, the president of Peru and many of his g...

    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 is. In 1996, the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the ho...

    Holy crap!! This "One-Dayer" deserves applause & praise & it will surely stay with you like some truly terrific (& best yet, catchy) song for days & days to come. What happens when terrorists take over a party held in honor of a Japanese businessman at the house of t...

    How did Patchett do this? A seemingly horrifying event turned into a mystical one. Where lines of good vs evil are blurred. Where time is suspended. It's a birthday party gala in South America. The guest of honour, a powerful Japanese figurehead, almost didn't make it himself except...

    This is one of my top five favorite books. Bel Canto made me a devoted Patchett fan, although her other work hasn't quite 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 ha...

    How could a wanna-read-bad TBR turn into a sorry-ass DNF? WTF? DNF! OMG! WTF? 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? DNF! I?m havi...

    1.5 "overwrought, stereotypical, ridiculous" stars. 2015 Most Disappointing Read Award (tie) Of all the books on my reading list, "Bel Canto" was one that I was most looking forward to. You see after my faith and my loved ones the thing I most adore is Opera. Opera ha...

    To me, this book is luminous. Glorious. Magnificent. Perfect. (Well, almost perfect. I'll explain in a moment.) I first read "Bel Canto" in 2005, and I was so absorbed in the story that I would sneak away from my desk at work just to have a few precious moments with it. The story op...

    Men of great importance were held hostage with a soprano. Until they realized how trivial their existences have been to the world and the world's to them. Men of different countries, men of different taste and language shut their eyes to the same beauty. Terrorists with gun earned symp...

    Bel Canto, Ann Patchett ?????: ?? ?????? ???????: ?? ???? ?????: ???? ???? ?????? ?????? ?????? 1395? ?? 373 ?? ????: 9786003261853? ?????: ????????? ????????? ???????? - ??? 21 ? ?...

    I was only 3 when Patty Hearst showed up on TV toting a semi automatic weapon looking bewildered and stylish in a length leather belted coat. Do I remember this? Hell no, I was three, but later? you know when I was like eight or nine and I would think it was so cool that she was bra...

    A novel about a hostage crisis that goes wrong -- with very sexy results, Bel Canto might have been a better read if at some point Patchett did anything to acknowledge the plot's ridiculousness. Instead, she treats the readers to vague social commentary about South America, multiple no...

    Stay With This One. It's Worth It. Bel Canto is one of those novels that is good on so many levels, it's taken me days after finishing it to put my thoughts about the story and the characters into words. This work is as lyrical and dramatic as any opera, and the word "brilliant" isn...

    I just couldn't do it! The premise was great, the writing was swallowable, but the story! The painful, painful story. There was no character that I truly cared about, and when the "hostages" became "free" or whatever I threw the book across the room and there it has remained ever since...

    yes, i have just discovered betterbooktitles.com ...

  • Adam
    Mar 29, 2008

    This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn't, for the life of me, remember how it ended. Turns out, it only seemed familiar to me because it is based on a real life experience. In 1995, the president of Peru and many of his g...

    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 is. In 1996, the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the ho...

    Holy crap!! This "One-Dayer" deserves applause & praise & it will surely stay with you like some truly terrific (& best yet, catchy) song for days & days to come. What happens when terrorists take over a party held in honor of a Japanese businessman at the house of t...

    How did Patchett do this? A seemingly horrifying event turned into a mystical one. Where lines of good vs evil are blurred. Where time is suspended. It's a birthday party gala in South America. The guest of honour, a powerful Japanese figurehead, almost didn't make it himself except...

    This is one of my top five favorite books. Bel Canto made me a devoted Patchett fan, although her other work hasn't quite 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 ha...

    How could a wanna-read-bad TBR turn into a sorry-ass DNF? WTF? DNF! OMG! WTF? 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? DNF! I?m havi...

    1.5 "overwrought, stereotypical, ridiculous" stars. 2015 Most Disappointing Read Award (tie) Of all the books on my reading list, "Bel Canto" was one that I was most looking forward to. You see after my faith and my loved ones the thing I most adore is Opera. Opera ha...

    To me, this book is luminous. Glorious. Magnificent. Perfect. (Well, almost perfect. I'll explain in a moment.) I first read "Bel Canto" in 2005, and I was so absorbed in the story that I would sneak away from my desk at work just to have a few precious moments with it. The story op...

    Men of great importance were held hostage with a soprano. Until they realized how trivial their existences have been to the world and the world's to them. Men of different countries, men of different taste and language shut their eyes to the same beauty. Terrorists with gun earned symp...

    Bel Canto, Ann Patchett ?????: ?? ?????? ???????: ?? ???? ?????: ???? ???? ?????? ?????? ?????? 1395? ?? 373 ?? ????: 9786003261853? ?????: ????????? ????????? ???????? - ??? 21 ? ?...

    I was only 3 when Patty Hearst showed up on TV toting a semi automatic weapon looking bewildered and stylish in a length leather belted coat. Do I remember this? Hell no, I was three, but later? you know when I was like eight or nine and I would think it was so cool that she was bra...

    A novel about a hostage crisis that goes wrong -- with very sexy results, Bel Canto might have been a better read if at some point Patchett did anything to acknowledge the plot's ridiculousness. Instead, she treats the readers to vague social commentary about South America, multiple no...

    Stay With This One. It's Worth It. Bel Canto is one of those novels that is good on so many levels, it's taken me days after finishing it to put my thoughts about the story and the characters into words. This work is as lyrical and dramatic as any opera, and the word "brilliant" isn...

    I just couldn't do it! The premise was great, the writing was swallowable, but the story! The painful, painful story. There was no character that I truly cared about, and when the "hostages" became "free" or whatever I threw the book across the room and there it has remained ever since...

    yes, i have just discovered betterbooktitles.com ...

    I read this book because my girlfriend--who loved it--recommended it to me. She also implied that I could stand to girly up my reading list a little, which is probably fair. Man does not live by novelizations of '70s cop movies and '80s slasher movie tie-ins alone. Anyway, I thought...

  • Karolina
    Nov 11, 2007

    This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn't, for the life of me, remember how it ended. Turns out, it only seemed familiar to me because it is based on a real life experience. In 1995, the president of Peru and many of his g...

    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 is. In 1996, the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the ho...

    Holy crap!! This "One-Dayer" deserves applause & praise & it will surely stay with you like some truly terrific (& best yet, catchy) song for days & days to come. What happens when terrorists take over a party held in honor of a Japanese businessman at the house of t...

    How did Patchett do this? A seemingly horrifying event turned into a mystical one. Where lines of good vs evil are blurred. Where time is suspended. It's a birthday party gala in South America. The guest of honour, a powerful Japanese figurehead, almost didn't make it himself except...

    This is one of my top five favorite books. Bel Canto made me a devoted Patchett fan, although her other work hasn't quite 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 ha...

    How could a wanna-read-bad TBR turn into a sorry-ass DNF? WTF? DNF! OMG! WTF? 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? DNF! I?m havi...

    1.5 "overwrought, stereotypical, ridiculous" stars. 2015 Most Disappointing Read Award (tie) Of all the books on my reading list, "Bel Canto" was one that I was most looking forward to. You see after my faith and my loved ones the thing I most adore is Opera. Opera ha...

    To me, this book is luminous. Glorious. Magnificent. Perfect. (Well, almost perfect. I'll explain in a moment.) I first read "Bel Canto" in 2005, and I was so absorbed in the story that I would sneak away from my desk at work just to have a few precious moments with it. The story op...

    Men of great importance were held hostage with a soprano. Until they realized how trivial their existences have been to the world and the world's to them. Men of different countries, men of different taste and language shut their eyes to the same beauty. Terrorists with gun earned symp...

    Bel Canto, Ann Patchett ?????: ?? ?????? ???????: ?? ???? ?????: ???? ???? ?????? ?????? ?????? 1395? ?? 373 ?? ????: 9786003261853? ?????: ????????? ????????? ???????? - ??? 21 ? ?...

    I was only 3 when Patty Hearst showed up on TV toting a semi automatic weapon looking bewildered and stylish in a length leather belted coat. Do I remember this? Hell no, I was three, but later? you know when I was like eight or nine and I would think it was so cool that she was bra...

    A novel about a hostage crisis that goes wrong -- with very sexy results, Bel Canto might have been a better read if at some point Patchett did anything to acknowledge the plot's ridiculousness. Instead, she treats the readers to vague social commentary about South America, multiple no...

    Stay With This One. It's Worth It. Bel Canto is one of those novels that is good on so many levels, it's taken me days after finishing it to put my thoughts about the story and the characters into words. This work is as lyrical and dramatic as any opera, and the word "brilliant" isn...

    I just couldn't do it! The premise was great, the writing was swallowable, but the story! The painful, painful story. There was no character that I truly cared about, and when the "hostages" became "free" or whatever I threw the book across the room and there it has remained ever since...

    yes, i have just discovered betterbooktitles.com ...

    I read this book because my girlfriend--who loved it--recommended it to me. She also implied that I could stand to girly up my reading list a little, which is probably fair. Man does not live by novelizations of '70s cop movies and '80s slasher movie tie-ins alone. Anyway, I thought...

    Bel Canto is the second book I've read by Ann Patchett. Commonwealth was the first and I loved it. I'd been wanting to read Bel Canto for a long time. I liked some of the book but there were parts of it that really seemed to drag on and I had no problem setting it aside at intervals. I...

    Ann Patchett, Bel Canto (Harper, 2001) I have spent quite a while mulling this over, and have finally come to the conclusion that, patterned after Greek tragic opera or not, I can't forgive Ann Patchett for the climax of this novel. Much of that has to do with the beginning of the n...

    i don't think i want to rate this book. in my opinion it's not a good book, but there is something very powerful about it and i don't think a rating can do justice to the combination of these two facts -- the fact that it isn't a good book and the fact that there is something powerful ...

    There is nothing I can say. I don't even know how. Instead, I will veil my head, lament the deaths of each person loved since the beginning of time, and cry tears of unsurpassed desolation in the hopes that tomorrow, the sun will shine on my face and god will see me standing there. ...

    it was... readable. flat characters. overly foreshadowed. i brought it to the beach b/c i thought it'd be a good beach read. it reminded me of jean-jacques beneix's film Diva, except instead of some large complex crime with lots of confusion and intrigue, it was simple and dull. maudli...

    Exquisite. Patchett does two really remarkable things here. Well, she does many remarkable things, but two I'd particularly like to point out: 1. When an author loves her characters too much, the reader can often tell. Situations and descriptions seem contrived, and there is a veneer ...

    Bel canto means "beautiful song," and Anne Patchett wanted to write a melodrama. Big emotions, big events, like an opera. The plot of her book seems allegorical; it's certainly not realistic, which makes it a surprise that it's based on real events. She was inspired by the Japanese emb...

    All in all a little too sugar-coated for my taste ? the discovered friendships, unlikely loves, the pervading beauty of every damn thing . . . And the purported passion surrounding one of the most important elements, opera, was unconvincing. It felt largely like a vacuous prop to be ...

    I mostly choose to try reading this book because someone I like told me it'd be good, and definitely made it sound interesting. When I looked at it individually, I wasn't that interested, and I stopped reading about after 100 pages. The characters seem uniform (except for the Mr. Ho...

  • Michele
    Jun 20, 2007

    This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn't, for the life of me, remember how it ended. Turns out, it only seemed familiar to me because it is based on a real life experience. In 1995, the president of Peru and many of his g...

    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 is. In 1996, the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the ho...

    Holy crap!! This "One-Dayer" deserves applause & praise & it will surely stay with you like some truly terrific (& best yet, catchy) song for days & days to come. What happens when terrorists take over a party held in honor of a Japanese businessman at the house of t...

    How did Patchett do this? A seemingly horrifying event turned into a mystical one. Where lines of good vs evil are blurred. Where time is suspended. It's a birthday party gala in South America. The guest of honour, a powerful Japanese figurehead, almost didn't make it himself except...

    This is one of my top five favorite books. Bel Canto made me a devoted Patchett fan, although her other work hasn't quite 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 ha...

    How could a wanna-read-bad TBR turn into a sorry-ass DNF? WTF? DNF! OMG! WTF? 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? DNF! I?m havi...

    1.5 "overwrought, stereotypical, ridiculous" stars. 2015 Most Disappointing Read Award (tie) Of all the books on my reading list, "Bel Canto" was one that I was most looking forward to. You see after my faith and my loved ones the thing I most adore is Opera. Opera ha...

    To me, this book is luminous. Glorious. Magnificent. Perfect. (Well, almost perfect. I'll explain in a moment.) I first read "Bel Canto" in 2005, and I was so absorbed in the story that I would sneak away from my desk at work just to have a few precious moments with it. The story op...

    Men of great importance were held hostage with a soprano. Until they realized how trivial their existences have been to the world and the world's to them. Men of different countries, men of different taste and language shut their eyes to the same beauty. Terrorists with gun earned symp...

    Bel Canto, Ann Patchett ?????: ?? ?????? ???????: ?? ???? ?????: ???? ???? ?????? ?????? ?????? 1395? ?? 373 ?? ????: 9786003261853? ?????: ????????? ????????? ???????? - ??? 21 ? ?...

    I was only 3 when Patty Hearst showed up on TV toting a semi automatic weapon looking bewildered and stylish in a length leather belted coat. Do I remember this? Hell no, I was three, but later? you know when I was like eight or nine and I would think it was so cool that she was bra...

    A novel about a hostage crisis that goes wrong -- with very sexy results, Bel Canto might have been a better read if at some point Patchett did anything to acknowledge the plot's ridiculousness. Instead, she treats the readers to vague social commentary about South America, multiple no...

    Stay With This One. It's Worth It. Bel Canto is one of those novels that is good on so many levels, it's taken me days after finishing it to put my thoughts about the story and the characters into words. This work is as lyrical and dramatic as any opera, and the word "brilliant" isn...

  • alex
    Jun 30, 2007

    This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn't, for the life of me, remember how it ended. Turns out, it only seemed familiar to me because it is based on a real life experience. In 1995, the president of Peru and many of his g...

    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 is. In 1996, the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the ho...

    Holy crap!! This "One-Dayer" deserves applause & praise & it will surely stay with you like some truly terrific (& best yet, catchy) song for days & days to come. What happens when terrorists take over a party held in honor of a Japanese businessman at the house of t...

    How did Patchett do this? A seemingly horrifying event turned into a mystical one. Where lines of good vs evil are blurred. Where time is suspended. It's a birthday party gala in South America. The guest of honour, a powerful Japanese figurehead, almost didn't make it himself except...

    This is one of my top five favorite books. Bel Canto made me a devoted Patchett fan, although her other work hasn't quite 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 ha...

    How could a wanna-read-bad TBR turn into a sorry-ass DNF? WTF? DNF! OMG! WTF? 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? DNF! I?m havi...

    1.5 "overwrought, stereotypical, ridiculous" stars. 2015 Most Disappointing Read Award (tie) Of all the books on my reading list, "Bel Canto" was one that I was most looking forward to. You see after my faith and my loved ones the thing I most adore is Opera. Opera ha...

    To me, this book is luminous. Glorious. Magnificent. Perfect. (Well, almost perfect. I'll explain in a moment.) I first read "Bel Canto" in 2005, and I was so absorbed in the story that I would sneak away from my desk at work just to have a few precious moments with it. The story op...

    Men of great importance were held hostage with a soprano. Until they realized how trivial their existences have been to the world and the world's to them. Men of different countries, men of different taste and language shut their eyes to the same beauty. Terrorists with gun earned symp...

    Bel Canto, Ann Patchett ?????: ?? ?????? ???????: ?? ???? ?????: ???? ???? ?????? ?????? ?????? 1395? ?? 373 ?? ????: 9786003261853? ?????: ????????? ????????? ???????? - ??? 21 ? ?...

    I was only 3 when Patty Hearst showed up on TV toting a semi automatic weapon looking bewildered and stylish in a length leather belted coat. Do I remember this? Hell no, I was three, but later? you know when I was like eight or nine and I would think it was so cool that she was bra...

    A novel about a hostage crisis that goes wrong -- with very sexy results, Bel Canto might have been a better read if at some point Patchett did anything to acknowledge the plot's ridiculousness. Instead, she treats the readers to vague social commentary about South America, multiple no...

    Stay With This One. It's Worth It. Bel Canto is one of those novels that is good on so many levels, it's taken me days after finishing it to put my thoughts about the story and the characters into words. This work is as lyrical and dramatic as any opera, and the word "brilliant" isn...

    I just couldn't do it! The premise was great, the writing was swallowable, but the story! The painful, painful story. There was no character that I truly cared about, and when the "hostages" became "free" or whatever I threw the book across the room and there it has remained ever since...

    yes, i have just discovered betterbooktitles.com ...

    I read this book because my girlfriend--who loved it--recommended it to me. She also implied that I could stand to girly up my reading list a little, which is probably fair. Man does not live by novelizations of '70s cop movies and '80s slasher movie tie-ins alone. Anyway, I thought...

    Bel Canto is the second book I've read by Ann Patchett. Commonwealth was the first and I loved it. I'd been wanting to read Bel Canto for a long time. I liked some of the book but there were parts of it that really seemed to drag on and I had no problem setting it aside at intervals. I...

    Ann Patchett, Bel Canto (Harper, 2001) I have spent quite a while mulling this over, and have finally come to the conclusion that, patterned after Greek tragic opera or not, I can't forgive Ann Patchett for the climax of this novel. Much of that has to do with the beginning of the n...

    i don't think i want to rate this book. in my opinion it's not a good book, but there is something very powerful about it and i don't think a rating can do justice to the combination of these two facts -- the fact that it isn't a good book and the fact that there is something powerful ...

    There is nothing I can say. I don't even know how. Instead, I will veil my head, lament the deaths of each person loved since the beginning of time, and cry tears of unsurpassed desolation in the hopes that tomorrow, the sun will shine on my face and god will see me standing there. ...

    it was... readable. flat characters. overly foreshadowed. i brought it to the beach b/c i thought it'd be a good beach read. it reminded me of jean-jacques beneix's film Diva, except instead of some large complex crime with lots of confusion and intrigue, it was simple and dull. maudli...

  • jo
    Jun 24, 2011

    This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn't, for the life of me, remember how it ended. Turns out, it only seemed familiar to me because it is based on a real life experience. In 1995, the president of Peru and many of his g...

    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 is. In 1996, the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the ho...

    Holy crap!! This "One-Dayer" deserves applause & praise & it will surely stay with you like some truly terrific (& best yet, catchy) song for days & days to come. What happens when terrorists take over a party held in honor of a Japanese businessman at the house of t...

    How did Patchett do this? A seemingly horrifying event turned into a mystical one. Where lines of good vs evil are blurred. Where time is suspended. It's a birthday party gala in South America. The guest of honour, a powerful Japanese figurehead, almost didn't make it himself except...

    This is one of my top five favorite books. Bel Canto made me a devoted Patchett fan, although her other work hasn't quite 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 ha...

    How could a wanna-read-bad TBR turn into a sorry-ass DNF? WTF? DNF! OMG! WTF? 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? DNF! I?m havi...

    1.5 "overwrought, stereotypical, ridiculous" stars. 2015 Most Disappointing Read Award (tie) Of all the books on my reading list, "Bel Canto" was one that I was most looking forward to. You see after my faith and my loved ones the thing I most adore is Opera. Opera ha...

    To me, this book is luminous. Glorious. Magnificent. Perfect. (Well, almost perfect. I'll explain in a moment.) I first read "Bel Canto" in 2005, and I was so absorbed in the story that I would sneak away from my desk at work just to have a few precious moments with it. The story op...

    Men of great importance were held hostage with a soprano. Until they realized how trivial their existences have been to the world and the world's to them. Men of different countries, men of different taste and language shut their eyes to the same beauty. Terrorists with gun earned symp...

    Bel Canto, Ann Patchett ?????: ?? ?????? ???????: ?? ???? ?????: ???? ???? ?????? ?????? ?????? 1395? ?? 373 ?? ????: 9786003261853? ?????: ????????? ????????? ???????? - ??? 21 ? ?...

    I was only 3 when Patty Hearst showed up on TV toting a semi automatic weapon looking bewildered and stylish in a length leather belted coat. Do I remember this? Hell no, I was three, but later? you know when I was like eight or nine and I would think it was so cool that she was bra...

    A novel about a hostage crisis that goes wrong -- with very sexy results, Bel Canto might have been a better read if at some point Patchett did anything to acknowledge the plot's ridiculousness. Instead, she treats the readers to vague social commentary about South America, multiple no...

    Stay With This One. It's Worth It. Bel Canto is one of those novels that is good on so many levels, it's taken me days after finishing it to put my thoughts about the story and the characters into words. This work is as lyrical and dramatic as any opera, and the word "brilliant" isn...

    I just couldn't do it! The premise was great, the writing was swallowable, but the story! The painful, painful story. There was no character that I truly cared about, and when the "hostages" became "free" or whatever I threw the book across the room and there it has remained ever since...

    yes, i have just discovered betterbooktitles.com ...

    I read this book because my girlfriend--who loved it--recommended it to me. She also implied that I could stand to girly up my reading list a little, which is probably fair. Man does not live by novelizations of '70s cop movies and '80s slasher movie tie-ins alone. Anyway, I thought...

    Bel Canto is the second book I've read by Ann Patchett. Commonwealth was the first and I loved it. I'd been wanting to read Bel Canto for a long time. I liked some of the book but there were parts of it that really seemed to drag on and I had no problem setting it aside at intervals. I...

    Ann Patchett, Bel Canto (Harper, 2001) I have spent quite a while mulling this over, and have finally come to the conclusion that, patterned after Greek tragic opera or not, I can't forgive Ann Patchett for the climax of this novel. Much of that has to do with the beginning of the n...

    i don't think i want to rate this book. in my opinion it's not a good book, but there is something very powerful about it and i don't think a rating can do justice to the combination of these two facts -- the fact that it isn't a good book and the fact that there is something powerful ...

  • Jessica
    Sep 01, 2007

    This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn't, for the life of me, remember how it ended. Turns out, it only seemed familiar to me because it is based on a real life experience. In 1995, the president of Peru and many of his g...

    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 is. In 1996, the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the ho...

    Holy crap!! This "One-Dayer" deserves applause & praise & it will surely stay with you like some truly terrific (& best yet, catchy) song for days & days to come. What happens when terrorists take over a party held in honor of a Japanese businessman at the house of t...

    How did Patchett do this? A seemingly horrifying event turned into a mystical one. Where lines of good vs evil are blurred. Where time is suspended. It's a birthday party gala in South America. The guest of honour, a powerful Japanese figurehead, almost didn't make it himself except...

    This is one of my top five favorite books. Bel Canto made me a devoted Patchett fan, although her other work hasn't quite 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 ha...

    How could a wanna-read-bad TBR turn into a sorry-ass DNF? WTF? DNF! OMG! WTF? 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? DNF! I?m havi...

    1.5 "overwrought, stereotypical, ridiculous" stars. 2015 Most Disappointing Read Award (tie) Of all the books on my reading list, "Bel Canto" was one that I was most looking forward to. You see after my faith and my loved ones the thing I most adore is Opera. Opera ha...

    To me, this book is luminous. Glorious. Magnificent. Perfect. (Well, almost perfect. I'll explain in a moment.) I first read "Bel Canto" in 2005, and I was so absorbed in the story that I would sneak away from my desk at work just to have a few precious moments with it. The story op...

    Men of great importance were held hostage with a soprano. Until they realized how trivial their existences have been to the world and the world's to them. Men of different countries, men of different taste and language shut their eyes to the same beauty. Terrorists with gun earned symp...

    Bel Canto, Ann Patchett ?????: ?? ?????? ???????: ?? ???? ?????: ???? ???? ?????? ?????? ?????? 1395? ?? 373 ?? ????: 9786003261853? ?????: ????????? ????????? ???????? - ??? 21 ? ?...

    I was only 3 when Patty Hearst showed up on TV toting a semi automatic weapon looking bewildered and stylish in a length leather belted coat. Do I remember this? Hell no, I was three, but later? you know when I was like eight or nine and I would think it was so cool that she was bra...

    A novel about a hostage crisis that goes wrong -- with very sexy results, Bel Canto might have been a better read if at some point Patchett did anything to acknowledge the plot's ridiculousness. Instead, she treats the readers to vague social commentary about South America, multiple no...

    Stay With This One. It's Worth It. Bel Canto is one of those novels that is good on so many levels, it's taken me days after finishing it to put my thoughts about the story and the characters into words. This work is as lyrical and dramatic as any opera, and the word "brilliant" isn...

    I just couldn't do it! The premise was great, the writing was swallowable, but the story! The painful, painful story. There was no character that I truly cared about, and when the "hostages" became "free" or whatever I threw the book across the room and there it has remained ever since...

    yes, i have just discovered betterbooktitles.com ...

    I read this book because my girlfriend--who loved it--recommended it to me. She also implied that I could stand to girly up my reading list a little, which is probably fair. Man does not live by novelizations of '70s cop movies and '80s slasher movie tie-ins alone. Anyway, I thought...

    Bel Canto is the second book I've read by Ann Patchett. Commonwealth was the first and I loved it. I'd been wanting to read Bel Canto for a long time. I liked some of the book but there were parts of it that really seemed to drag on and I had no problem setting it aside at intervals. I...

    Ann Patchett, Bel Canto (Harper, 2001) I have spent quite a while mulling this over, and have finally come to the conclusion that, patterned after Greek tragic opera or not, I can't forgive Ann Patchett for the climax of this novel. Much of that has to do with the beginning of the n...

    i don't think i want to rate this book. in my opinion it's not a good book, but there is something very powerful about it and i don't think a rating can do justice to the combination of these two facts -- the fact that it isn't a good book and the fact that there is something powerful ...

    There is nothing I can say. I don't even know how. Instead, I will veil my head, lament the deaths of each person loved since the beginning of time, and cry tears of unsurpassed desolation in the hopes that tomorrow, the sun will shine on my face and god will see me standing there. ...

    it was... readable. flat characters. overly foreshadowed. i brought it to the beach b/c i thought it'd be a good beach read. it reminded me of jean-jacques beneix's film Diva, except instead of some large complex crime with lots of confusion and intrigue, it was simple and dull. maudli...

    Exquisite. Patchett does two really remarkable things here. Well, she does many remarkable things, but two I'd particularly like to point out: 1. When an author loves her characters too much, the reader can often tell. Situations and descriptions seem contrived, and there is a veneer ...

  • Aaron
    Jul 29, 2007

    This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn't, for the life of me, remember how it ended. Turns out, it only seemed familiar to me because it is based on a real life experience. In 1995, the president of Peru and many of his g...

    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 is. In 1996, the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the ho...

    Holy crap!! This "One-Dayer" deserves applause & praise & it will surely stay with you like some truly terrific (& best yet, catchy) song for days & days to come. What happens when terrorists take over a party held in honor of a Japanese businessman at the house of t...

    How did Patchett do this? A seemingly horrifying event turned into a mystical one. Where lines of good vs evil are blurred. Where time is suspended. It's a birthday party gala in South America. The guest of honour, a powerful Japanese figurehead, almost didn't make it himself except...

    This is one of my top five favorite books. Bel Canto made me a devoted Patchett fan, although her other work hasn't quite 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 ha...

    How could a wanna-read-bad TBR turn into a sorry-ass DNF? WTF? DNF! OMG! WTF? 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? DNF! I?m havi...

    1.5 "overwrought, stereotypical, ridiculous" stars. 2015 Most Disappointing Read Award (tie) Of all the books on my reading list, "Bel Canto" was one that I was most looking forward to. You see after my faith and my loved ones the thing I most adore is Opera. Opera ha...

    To me, this book is luminous. Glorious. Magnificent. Perfect. (Well, almost perfect. I'll explain in a moment.) I first read "Bel Canto" in 2005, and I was so absorbed in the story that I would sneak away from my desk at work just to have a few precious moments with it. The story op...

    Men of great importance were held hostage with a soprano. Until they realized how trivial their existences have been to the world and the world's to them. Men of different countries, men of different taste and language shut their eyes to the same beauty. Terrorists with gun earned symp...

    Bel Canto, Ann Patchett ?????: ?? ?????? ???????: ?? ???? ?????: ???? ???? ?????? ?????? ?????? 1395? ?? 373 ?? ????: 9786003261853? ?????: ????????? ????????? ???????? - ??? 21 ? ?...

    I was only 3 when Patty Hearst showed up on TV toting a semi automatic weapon looking bewildered and stylish in a length leather belted coat. Do I remember this? Hell no, I was three, but later? you know when I was like eight or nine and I would think it was so cool that she was bra...

    A novel about a hostage crisis that goes wrong -- with very sexy results, Bel Canto might have been a better read if at some point Patchett did anything to acknowledge the plot's ridiculousness. Instead, she treats the readers to vague social commentary about South America, multiple no...

  • Diane
    Aug 14, 2007

    This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn't, for the life of me, remember how it ended. Turns out, it only seemed familiar to me because it is based on a real life experience. In 1995, the president of Peru and many of his g...

    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 is. In 1996, the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the ho...

    Holy crap!! This "One-Dayer" deserves applause & praise & it will surely stay with you like some truly terrific (& best yet, catchy) song for days & days to come. What happens when terrorists take over a party held in honor of a Japanese businessman at the house of t...

    How did Patchett do this? A seemingly horrifying event turned into a mystical one. Where lines of good vs evil are blurred. Where time is suspended. It's a birthday party gala in South America. The guest of honour, a powerful Japanese figurehead, almost didn't make it himself except...

    This is one of my top five favorite books. Bel Canto made me a devoted Patchett fan, although her other work hasn't quite 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 ha...

    How could a wanna-read-bad TBR turn into a sorry-ass DNF? WTF? DNF! OMG! WTF? 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? DNF! I?m havi...

    1.5 "overwrought, stereotypical, ridiculous" stars. 2015 Most Disappointing Read Award (tie) Of all the books on my reading list, "Bel Canto" was one that I was most looking forward to. You see after my faith and my loved ones the thing I most adore is Opera. Opera ha...

    To me, this book is luminous. Glorious. Magnificent. Perfect. (Well, almost perfect. I'll explain in a moment.) I first read "Bel Canto" in 2005, and I was so absorbed in the story that I would sneak away from my desk at work just to have a few precious moments with it. The story op...

  • Lucy
    Sep 11, 2007

    This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn't, for the life of me, remember how it ended. Turns out, it only seemed familiar to me because it is based on a real life experience. In 1995, the president of Peru and many of his g...

  • Kim
    Mar 03, 2009

    This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn't, for the life of me, remember how it ended. Turns out, it only seemed familiar to me because it is based on a real life experience. In 1995, the president of Peru and many of his g...

    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 is. In 1996, the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the ho...

    Holy crap!! This "One-Dayer" deserves applause & praise & it will surely stay with you like some truly terrific (& best yet, catchy) song for days & days to come. What happens when terrorists take over a party held in honor of a Japanese businessman at the house of t...

    How did Patchett do this? A seemingly horrifying event turned into a mystical one. Where lines of good vs evil are blurred. Where time is suspended. It's a birthday party gala in South America. The guest of honour, a powerful Japanese figurehead, almost didn't make it himself except...

    This is one of my top five favorite books. Bel Canto made me a devoted Patchett fan, although her other work hasn't quite 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 ha...

    How could a wanna-read-bad TBR turn into a sorry-ass DNF? WTF? DNF! OMG! WTF? 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? DNF! I?m havi...

    1.5 "overwrought, stereotypical, ridiculous" stars. 2015 Most Disappointing Read Award (tie) Of all the books on my reading list, "Bel Canto" was one that I was most looking forward to. You see after my faith and my loved ones the thing I most adore is Opera. Opera ha...

    To me, this book is luminous. Glorious. Magnificent. Perfect. (Well, almost perfect. I'll explain in a moment.) I first read "Bel Canto" in 2005, and I was so absorbed in the story that I would sneak away from my desk at work just to have a few precious moments with it. The story op...

    Men of great importance were held hostage with a soprano. Until they realized how trivial their existences have been to the world and the world's to them. Men of different countries, men of different taste and language shut their eyes to the same beauty. Terrorists with gun earned symp...

    Bel Canto, Ann Patchett ?????: ?? ?????? ???????: ?? ???? ?????: ???? ???? ?????? ?????? ?????? 1395? ?? 373 ?? ????: 9786003261853? ?????: ????????? ????????? ???????? - ??? 21 ? ?...

    I was only 3 when Patty Hearst showed up on TV toting a semi automatic weapon looking bewildered and stylish in a length leather belted coat. Do I remember this? Hell no, I was three, but later? you know when I was like eight or nine and I would think it was so cool that she was bra...

  • Annalisa
    Jun 12, 2008

    This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn't, for the life of me, remember how it ended. Turns out, it only seemed familiar to me because it is based on a real life experience. In 1995, the president of Peru and many of his g...

    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 is. In 1996, the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the ho...

  • S.
    Dec 04, 2007

    This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn't, for the life of me, remember how it ended. Turns out, it only seemed familiar to me because it is based on a real life experience. In 1995, the president of Peru and many of his g...

    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 is. In 1996, the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the ho...

    Holy crap!! This "One-Dayer" deserves applause & praise & it will surely stay with you like some truly terrific (& best yet, catchy) song for days & days to come. What happens when terrorists take over a party held in honor of a Japanese businessman at the house of t...

    How did Patchett do this? A seemingly horrifying event turned into a mystical one. Where lines of good vs evil are blurred. Where time is suspended. It's a birthday party gala in South America. The guest of honour, a powerful Japanese figurehead, almost didn't make it himself except...

    This is one of my top five favorite books. Bel Canto made me a devoted Patchett fan, although her other work hasn't quite 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 ha...

    How could a wanna-read-bad TBR turn into a sorry-ass DNF? WTF? DNF! OMG! WTF? 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? DNF! I?m havi...

    1.5 "overwrought, stereotypical, ridiculous" stars. 2015 Most Disappointing Read Award (tie) Of all the books on my reading list, "Bel Canto" was one that I was most looking forward to. You see after my faith and my loved ones the thing I most adore is Opera. Opera ha...

    To me, this book is luminous. Glorious. Magnificent. Perfect. (Well, almost perfect. I'll explain in a moment.) I first read "Bel Canto" in 2005, and I was so absorbed in the story that I would sneak away from my desk at work just to have a few precious moments with it. The story op...

    Men of great importance were held hostage with a soprano. Until they realized how trivial their existences have been to the world and the world's to them. Men of different countries, men of different taste and language shut their eyes to the same beauty. Terrorists with gun earned symp...

    Bel Canto, Ann Patchett ?????: ?? ?????? ???????: ?? ???? ?????: ???? ???? ?????? ?????? ?????? 1395? ?? 373 ?? ????: 9786003261853? ?????: ????????? ????????? ???????? - ??? 21 ? ?...

    I was only 3 when Patty Hearst showed up on TV toting a semi automatic weapon looking bewildered and stylish in a length leather belted coat. Do I remember this? Hell no, I was three, but later? you know when I was like eight or nine and I would think it was so cool that she was bra...

    A novel about a hostage crisis that goes wrong -- with very sexy results, Bel Canto might have been a better read if at some point Patchett did anything to acknowledge the plot's ridiculousness. Instead, she treats the readers to vague social commentary about South America, multiple no...

    Stay With This One. It's Worth It. Bel Canto is one of those novels that is good on so many levels, it's taken me days after finishing it to put my thoughts about the story and the characters into words. This work is as lyrical and dramatic as any opera, and the word "brilliant" isn...

    I just couldn't do it! The premise was great, the writing was swallowable, but the story! The painful, painful story. There was no character that I truly cared about, and when the "hostages" became "free" or whatever I threw the book across the room and there it has remained ever since...

    yes, i have just discovered betterbooktitles.com ...

    I read this book because my girlfriend--who loved it--recommended it to me. She also implied that I could stand to girly up my reading list a little, which is probably fair. Man does not live by novelizations of '70s cop movies and '80s slasher movie tie-ins alone. Anyway, I thought...

    Bel Canto is the second book I've read by Ann Patchett. Commonwealth was the first and I loved it. I'd been wanting to read Bel Canto for a long time. I liked some of the book but there were parts of it that really seemed to drag on and I had no problem setting it aside at intervals. I...

    Ann Patchett, Bel Canto (Harper, 2001) I have spent quite a while mulling this over, and have finally come to the conclusion that, patterned after Greek tragic opera or not, I can't forgive Ann Patchett for the climax of this novel. Much of that has to do with the beginning of the n...

    i don't think i want to rate this book. in my opinion it's not a good book, but there is something very powerful about it and i don't think a rating can do justice to the combination of these two facts -- the fact that it isn't a good book and the fact that there is something powerful ...

    There is nothing I can say. I don't even know how. Instead, I will veil my head, lament the deaths of each person loved since the beginning of time, and cry tears of unsurpassed desolation in the hopes that tomorrow, the sun will shine on my face and god will see me standing there. ...

    it was... readable. flat characters. overly foreshadowed. i brought it to the beach b/c i thought it'd be a good beach read. it reminded me of jean-jacques beneix's film Diva, except instead of some large complex crime with lots of confusion and intrigue, it was simple and dull. maudli...

    Exquisite. Patchett does two really remarkable things here. Well, she does many remarkable things, but two I'd particularly like to point out: 1. When an author loves her characters too much, the reader can often tell. Situations and descriptions seem contrived, and there is a veneer ...

    Bel canto means "beautiful song," and Anne Patchett wanted to write a melodrama. Big emotions, big events, like an opera. The plot of her book seems allegorical; it's certainly not realistic, which makes it a surprise that it's based on real events. She was inspired by the Japanese emb...

    All in all a little too sugar-coated for my taste ? the discovered friendships, unlikely loves, the pervading beauty of every damn thing . . . And the purported passion surrounding one of the most important elements, opera, was unconvincing. It felt largely like a vacuous prop to be ...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Jan 02, 2017

    This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn't, for the life of me, remember how it ended. Turns out, it only seemed familiar to me because it is based on a real life experience. In 1995, the president of Peru and many of his g...

    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 is. In 1996, the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the ho...

    Holy crap!! This "One-Dayer" deserves applause & praise & it will surely stay with you like some truly terrific (& best yet, catchy) song for days & days to come. What happens when terrorists take over a party held in honor of a Japanese businessman at the house of t...

    How did Patchett do this? A seemingly horrifying event turned into a mystical one. Where lines of good vs evil are blurred. Where time is suspended. It's a birthday party gala in South America. The guest of honour, a powerful Japanese figurehead, almost didn't make it himself except...

    This is one of my top five favorite books. Bel Canto made me a devoted Patchett fan, although her other work hasn't quite 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 ha...

    How could a wanna-read-bad TBR turn into a sorry-ass DNF? WTF? DNF! OMG! WTF? 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? DNF! I?m havi...

    1.5 "overwrought, stereotypical, ridiculous" stars. 2015 Most Disappointing Read Award (tie) Of all the books on my reading list, "Bel Canto" was one that I was most looking forward to. You see after my faith and my loved ones the thing I most adore is Opera. Opera ha...

    To me, this book is luminous. Glorious. Magnificent. Perfect. (Well, almost perfect. I'll explain in a moment.) I first read "Bel Canto" in 2005, and I was so absorbed in the story that I would sneak away from my desk at work just to have a few precious moments with it. The story op...

    Men of great importance were held hostage with a soprano. Until they realized how trivial their existences have been to the world and the world's to them. Men of different countries, men of different taste and language shut their eyes to the same beauty. Terrorists with gun earned symp...

    Bel Canto, Ann Patchett ?????: ?? ?????? ???????: ?? ???? ?????: ???? ???? ?????? ?????? ?????? 1395? ?? 373 ?? ????: 9786003261853? ?????: ????????? ????????? ???????? - ??? 21 ? ?...

  • Amanda
    Feb 25, 2009

    This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn't, for the life of me, remember how it ended. Turns out, it only seemed familiar to me because it is based on a real life experience. In 1995, the president of Peru and many of his g...

    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 is. In 1996, the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the ho...

    Holy crap!! This "One-Dayer" deserves applause & praise & it will surely stay with you like some truly terrific (& best yet, catchy) song for days & days to come. What happens when terrorists take over a party held in honor of a Japanese businessman at the house of t...

    How did Patchett do this? A seemingly horrifying event turned into a mystical one. Where lines of good vs evil are blurred. Where time is suspended. It's a birthday party gala in South America. The guest of honour, a powerful Japanese figurehead, almost didn't make it himself except...

    This is one of my top five favorite books. Bel Canto made me a devoted Patchett fan, although her other work hasn't quite 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 ha...

    How could a wanna-read-bad TBR turn into a sorry-ass DNF? WTF? DNF! OMG! WTF? 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? DNF! I?m havi...

    1.5 "overwrought, stereotypical, ridiculous" stars. 2015 Most Disappointing Read Award (tie) Of all the books on my reading list, "Bel Canto" was one that I was most looking forward to. You see after my faith and my loved ones the thing I most adore is Opera. Opera ha...

    To me, this book is luminous. Glorious. Magnificent. Perfect. (Well, almost perfect. I'll explain in a moment.) I first read "Bel Canto" in 2005, and I was so absorbed in the story that I would sneak away from my desk at work just to have a few precious moments with it. The story op...

    Men of great importance were held hostage with a soprano. Until they realized how trivial their existences have been to the world and the world's to them. Men of different countries, men of different taste and language shut their eyes to the same beauty. Terrorists with gun earned symp...

    Bel Canto, Ann Patchett ?????: ?? ?????? ???????: ?? ???? ?????: ???? ???? ?????? ?????? ?????? 1395? ?? 373 ?? ????: 9786003261853? ?????: ????????? ????????? ???????? - ??? 21 ? ?...

    I was only 3 when Patty Hearst showed up on TV toting a semi automatic weapon looking bewildered and stylish in a length leather belted coat. Do I remember this? Hell no, I was three, but later? you know when I was like eight or nine and I would think it was so cool that she was bra...

    A novel about a hostage crisis that goes wrong -- with very sexy results, Bel Canto might have been a better read if at some point Patchett did anything to acknowledge the plot's ridiculousness. Instead, she treats the readers to vague social commentary about South America, multiple no...

    Stay With This One. It's Worth It. Bel Canto is one of those novels that is good on so many levels, it's taken me days after finishing it to put my thoughts about the story and the characters into words. This work is as lyrical and dramatic as any opera, and the word "brilliant" isn...

    I just couldn't do it! The premise was great, the writing was swallowable, but the story! The painful, painful story. There was no character that I truly cared about, and when the "hostages" became "free" or whatever I threw the book across the room and there it has remained ever since...

    yes, i have just discovered betterbooktitles.com ...

    I read this book because my girlfriend--who loved it--recommended it to me. She also implied that I could stand to girly up my reading list a little, which is probably fair. Man does not live by novelizations of '70s cop movies and '80s slasher movie tie-ins alone. Anyway, I thought...

    Bel Canto is the second book I've read by Ann Patchett. Commonwealth was the first and I loved it. I'd been wanting to read Bel Canto for a long time. I liked some of the book but there were parts of it that really seemed to drag on and I had no problem setting it aside at intervals. I...

    Ann Patchett, Bel Canto (Harper, 2001) I have spent quite a while mulling this over, and have finally come to the conclusion that, patterned after Greek tragic opera or not, I can't forgive Ann Patchett for the climax of this novel. Much of that has to do with the beginning of the n...

    i don't think i want to rate this book. in my opinion it's not a good book, but there is something very powerful about it and i don't think a rating can do justice to the combination of these two facts -- the fact that it isn't a good book and the fact that there is something powerful ...

    There is nothing I can say. I don't even know how. Instead, I will veil my head, lament the deaths of each person loved since the beginning of time, and cry tears of unsurpassed desolation in the hopes that tomorrow, the sun will shine on my face and god will see me standing there. ...

  • Robert Beveridge
    Jan 23, 2008

    This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn't, for the life of me, remember how it ended. Turns out, it only seemed familiar to me because it is based on a real life experience. In 1995, the president of Peru and many of his g...

    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 is. In 1996, the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the ho...

    Holy crap!! This "One-Dayer" deserves applause & praise & it will surely stay with you like some truly terrific (& best yet, catchy) song for days & days to come. What happens when terrorists take over a party held in honor of a Japanese businessman at the house of t...

    How did Patchett do this? A seemingly horrifying event turned into a mystical one. Where lines of good vs evil are blurred. Where time is suspended. It's a birthday party gala in South America. The guest of honour, a powerful Japanese figurehead, almost didn't make it himself except...

    This is one of my top five favorite books. Bel Canto made me a devoted Patchett fan, although her other work hasn't quite 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 ha...

    How could a wanna-read-bad TBR turn into a sorry-ass DNF? WTF? DNF! OMG! WTF? 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? DNF! I?m havi...

    1.5 "overwrought, stereotypical, ridiculous" stars. 2015 Most Disappointing Read Award (tie) Of all the books on my reading list, "Bel Canto" was one that I was most looking forward to. You see after my faith and my loved ones the thing I most adore is Opera. Opera ha...

    To me, this book is luminous. Glorious. Magnificent. Perfect. (Well, almost perfect. I'll explain in a moment.) I first read "Bel Canto" in 2005, and I was so absorbed in the story that I would sneak away from my desk at work just to have a few precious moments with it. The story op...

    Men of great importance were held hostage with a soprano. Until they realized how trivial their existences have been to the world and the world's to them. Men of different countries, men of different taste and language shut their eyes to the same beauty. Terrorists with gun earned symp...

    Bel Canto, Ann Patchett ?????: ?? ?????? ???????: ?? ???? ?????: ???? ???? ?????? ?????? ?????? 1395? ?? 373 ?? ????: 9786003261853? ?????: ????????? ????????? ???????? - ??? 21 ? ?...

    I was only 3 when Patty Hearst showed up on TV toting a semi automatic weapon looking bewildered and stylish in a length leather belted coat. Do I remember this? Hell no, I was three, but later? you know when I was like eight or nine and I would think it was so cool that she was bra...

    A novel about a hostage crisis that goes wrong -- with very sexy results, Bel Canto might have been a better read if at some point Patchett did anything to acknowledge the plot's ridiculousness. Instead, she treats the readers to vague social commentary about South America, multiple no...

    Stay With This One. It's Worth It. Bel Canto is one of those novels that is good on so many levels, it's taken me days after finishing it to put my thoughts about the story and the characters into words. This work is as lyrical and dramatic as any opera, and the word "brilliant" isn...

    I just couldn't do it! The premise was great, the writing was swallowable, but the story! The painful, painful story. There was no character that I truly cared about, and when the "hostages" became "free" or whatever I threw the book across the room and there it has remained ever since...

    yes, i have just discovered betterbooktitles.com ...

    I read this book because my girlfriend--who loved it--recommended it to me. She also implied that I could stand to girly up my reading list a little, which is probably fair. Man does not live by novelizations of '70s cop movies and '80s slasher movie tie-ins alone. Anyway, I thought...

    Bel Canto is the second book I've read by Ann Patchett. Commonwealth was the first and I loved it. I'd been wanting to read Bel Canto for a long time. I liked some of the book but there were parts of it that really seemed to drag on and I had no problem setting it aside at intervals. I...

    Ann Patchett, Bel Canto (Harper, 2001) I have spent quite a while mulling this over, and have finally come to the conclusion that, patterned after Greek tragic opera or not, I can't forgive Ann Patchett for the climax of this novel. Much of that has to do with the beginning of the n...

  • Danielle
    Jan 18, 2008

    This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn't, for the life of me, remember how it ended. Turns out, it only seemed familiar to me because it is based on a real life experience. In 1995, the president of Peru and many of his g...

    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 is. In 1996, the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the ho...

    Holy crap!! This "One-Dayer" deserves applause & praise & it will surely stay with you like some truly terrific (& best yet, catchy) song for days & days to come. What happens when terrorists take over a party held in honor of a Japanese businessman at the house of t...

    How did Patchett do this? A seemingly horrifying event turned into a mystical one. Where lines of good vs evil are blurred. Where time is suspended. It's a birthday party gala in South America. The guest of honour, a powerful Japanese figurehead, almost didn't make it himself except...

    This is one of my top five favorite books. Bel Canto made me a devoted Patchett fan, although her other work hasn't quite 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 ha...

  • Sandi
    Nov 14, 2008

    This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn't, for the life of me, remember how it ended. Turns out, it only seemed familiar to me because it is based on a real life experience. In 1995, the president of Peru and many of his g...

    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 is. In 1996, the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the ho...

    Holy crap!! This "One-Dayer" deserves applause & praise & it will surely stay with you like some truly terrific (& best yet, catchy) song for days & days to come. What happens when terrorists take over a party held in honor of a Japanese businessman at the house of t...

    How did Patchett do this? A seemingly horrifying event turned into a mystical one. Where lines of good vs evil are blurred. Where time is suspended. It's a birthday party gala in South America. The guest of honour, a powerful Japanese figurehead, almost didn't make it himself except...

    This is one of my top five favorite books. Bel Canto made me a devoted Patchett fan, although her other work hasn't quite 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 ha...

    How could a wanna-read-bad TBR turn into a sorry-ass DNF? WTF? DNF! OMG! WTF? 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? DNF! I?m havi...

    1.5 "overwrought, stereotypical, ridiculous" stars. 2015 Most Disappointing Read Award (tie) Of all the books on my reading list, "Bel Canto" was one that I was most looking forward to. You see after my faith and my loved ones the thing I most adore is Opera. Opera ha...

    To me, this book is luminous. Glorious. Magnificent. Perfect. (Well, almost perfect. I'll explain in a moment.) I first read "Bel Canto" in 2005, and I was so absorbed in the story that I would sneak away from my desk at work just to have a few precious moments with it. The story op...

    Men of great importance were held hostage with a soprano. Until they realized how trivial their existences have been to the world and the world's to them. Men of different countries, men of different taste and language shut their eyes to the same beauty. Terrorists with gun earned symp...

    Bel Canto, Ann Patchett ?????: ?? ?????? ???????: ?? ???? ?????: ???? ???? ?????? ?????? ?????? 1395? ?? 373 ?? ????: 9786003261853? ?????: ????????? ????????? ???????? - ??? 21 ? ?...

    I was only 3 when Patty Hearst showed up on TV toting a semi automatic weapon looking bewildered and stylish in a length leather belted coat. Do I remember this? Hell no, I was three, but later? you know when I was like eight or nine and I would think it was so cool that she was bra...

    A novel about a hostage crisis that goes wrong -- with very sexy results, Bel Canto might have been a better read if at some point Patchett did anything to acknowledge the plot's ridiculousness. Instead, she treats the readers to vague social commentary about South America, multiple no...

    Stay With This One. It's Worth It. Bel Canto is one of those novels that is good on so many levels, it's taken me days after finishing it to put my thoughts about the story and the characters into words. This work is as lyrical and dramatic as any opera, and the word "brilliant" isn...

    I just couldn't do it! The premise was great, the writing was swallowable, but the story! The painful, painful story. There was no character that I truly cared about, and when the "hostages" became "free" or whatever I threw the book across the room and there it has remained ever since...

    yes, i have just discovered betterbooktitles.com ...

    I read this book because my girlfriend--who loved it--recommended it to me. She also implied that I could stand to girly up my reading list a little, which is probably fair. Man does not live by novelizations of '70s cop movies and '80s slasher movie tie-ins alone. Anyway, I thought...

    Bel Canto is the second book I've read by Ann Patchett. Commonwealth was the first and I loved it. I'd been wanting to read Bel Canto for a long time. I liked some of the book but there were parts of it that really seemed to drag on and I had no problem setting it aside at intervals. I...

    Ann Patchett, Bel Canto (Harper, 2001) I have spent quite a while mulling this over, and have finally come to the conclusion that, patterned after Greek tragic opera or not, I can't forgive Ann Patchett for the climax of this novel. Much of that has to do with the beginning of the n...

    i don't think i want to rate this book. in my opinion it's not a good book, but there is something very powerful about it and i don't think a rating can do justice to the combination of these two facts -- the fact that it isn't a good book and the fact that there is something powerful ...

    There is nothing I can say. I don't even know how. Instead, I will veil my head, lament the deaths of each person loved since the beginning of time, and cry tears of unsurpassed desolation in the hopes that tomorrow, the sun will shine on my face and god will see me standing there. ...

    it was... readable. flat characters. overly foreshadowed. i brought it to the beach b/c i thought it'd be a good beach read. it reminded me of jean-jacques beneix's film Diva, except instead of some large complex crime with lots of confusion and intrigue, it was simple and dull. maudli...

    Exquisite. Patchett does two really remarkable things here. Well, she does many remarkable things, but two I'd particularly like to point out: 1. When an author loves her characters too much, the reader can often tell. Situations and descriptions seem contrived, and there is a veneer ...

    Bel canto means "beautiful song," and Anne Patchett wanted to write a melodrama. Big emotions, big events, like an opera. The plot of her book seems allegorical; it's certainly not realistic, which makes it a surprise that it's based on real events. She was inspired by the Japanese emb...

    All in all a little too sugar-coated for my taste ? the discovered friendships, unlikely loves, the pervading beauty of every damn thing . . . And the purported passion surrounding one of the most important elements, opera, was unconvincing. It felt largely like a vacuous prop to be ...

    I mostly choose to try reading this book because someone I like told me it'd be good, and definitely made it sound interesting. When I looked at it individually, I wasn't that interested, and I stopped reading about after 100 pages. The characters seem uniform (except for the Mr. Ho...

    "Bel Canto" may be one of the top ten books I've read this year. It is absolutely beautifully written and very gripping. I really felt like I was there and that I was getting to know the characters as they got to know each other. I felt like one of them. Without giving anything away, I...

  • Sally
    May 05, 2008

    This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn't, for the life of me, remember how it ended. Turns out, it only seemed familiar to me because it is based on a real life experience. In 1995, the president of Peru and many of his g...

    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 is. In 1996, the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the ho...

    Holy crap!! This "One-Dayer" deserves applause & praise & it will surely stay with you like some truly terrific (& best yet, catchy) song for days & days to come. What happens when terrorists take over a party held in honor of a Japanese businessman at the house of t...

    How did Patchett do this? A seemingly horrifying event turned into a mystical one. Where lines of good vs evil are blurred. Where time is suspended. It's a birthday party gala in South America. The guest of honour, a powerful Japanese figurehead, almost didn't make it himself except...

    This is one of my top five favorite books. Bel Canto made me a devoted Patchett fan, although her other work hasn't quite 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 ha...

    How could a wanna-read-bad TBR turn into a sorry-ass DNF? WTF? DNF! OMG! WTF? 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? DNF! I?m havi...

    1.5 "overwrought, stereotypical, ridiculous" stars. 2015 Most Disappointing Read Award (tie) Of all the books on my reading list, "Bel Canto" was one that I was most looking forward to. You see after my faith and my loved ones the thing I most adore is Opera. Opera ha...

    To me, this book is luminous. Glorious. Magnificent. Perfect. (Well, almost perfect. I'll explain in a moment.) I first read "Bel Canto" in 2005, and I was so absorbed in the story that I would sneak away from my desk at work just to have a few precious moments with it. The story op...

    Men of great importance were held hostage with a soprano. Until they realized how trivial their existences have been to the world and the world's to them. Men of different countries, men of different taste and language shut their eyes to the same beauty. Terrorists with gun earned symp...

    Bel Canto, Ann Patchett ?????: ?? ?????? ???????: ?? ???? ?????: ???? ???? ?????? ?????? ?????? 1395? ?? 373 ?? ????: 9786003261853? ?????: ????????? ????????? ???????? - ??? 21 ? ?...

    I was only 3 when Patty Hearst showed up on TV toting a semi automatic weapon looking bewildered and stylish in a length leather belted coat. Do I remember this? Hell no, I was three, but later? you know when I was like eight or nine and I would think it was so cool that she was bra...

    A novel about a hostage crisis that goes wrong -- with very sexy results, Bel Canto might have been a better read if at some point Patchett did anything to acknowledge the plot's ridiculousness. Instead, she treats the readers to vague social commentary about South America, multiple no...

    Stay With This One. It's Worth It. Bel Canto is one of those novels that is good on so many levels, it's taken me days after finishing it to put my thoughts about the story and the characters into words. This work is as lyrical and dramatic as any opera, and the word "brilliant" isn...

    I just couldn't do it! The premise was great, the writing was swallowable, but the story! The painful, painful story. There was no character that I truly cared about, and when the "hostages" became "free" or whatever I threw the book across the room and there it has remained ever since...

  • Fabian
    Mar 05, 2010

    This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn't, for the life of me, remember how it ended. Turns out, it only seemed familiar to me because it is based on a real life experience. In 1995, the president of Peru and many of his g...

    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 is. In 1996, the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the ho...

    Holy crap!! This "One-Dayer" deserves applause & praise & it will surely stay with you like some truly terrific (& best yet, catchy) song for days & days to come. What happens when terrorists take over a party held in honor of a Japanese businessman at the house of t...

  • Maggie Stiefvater
    Jun 18, 2008

    This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn't, for the life of me, remember how it ended. Turns out, it only seemed familiar to me because it is based on a real life experience. In 1995, the president of Peru and many of his g...

    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 is. In 1996, the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the ho...

    Holy crap!! This "One-Dayer" deserves applause & praise & it will surely stay with you like some truly terrific (& best yet, catchy) song for days & days to come. What happens when terrorists take over a party held in honor of a Japanese businessman at the house of t...

    How did Patchett do this? A seemingly horrifying event turned into a mystical one. Where lines of good vs evil are blurred. Where time is suspended. It's a birthday party gala in South America. The guest of honour, a powerful Japanese figurehead, almost didn't make it himself except...

    This is one of my top five favorite books. Bel Canto made me a devoted Patchett fan, although her other work hasn't quite 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 ha...

    How could a wanna-read-bad TBR turn into a sorry-ass DNF? WTF? DNF! OMG! WTF? 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? DNF! I?m havi...

    1.5 "overwrought, stereotypical, ridiculous" stars. 2015 Most Disappointing Read Award (tie) Of all the books on my reading list, "Bel Canto" was one that I was most looking forward to. You see after my faith and my loved ones the thing I most adore is Opera. Opera ha...

    To me, this book is luminous. Glorious. Magnificent. Perfect. (Well, almost perfect. I'll explain in a moment.) I first read "Bel Canto" in 2005, and I was so absorbed in the story that I would sneak away from my desk at work just to have a few precious moments with it. The story op...

    Men of great importance were held hostage with a soprano. Until they realized how trivial their existences have been to the world and the world's to them. Men of different countries, men of different taste and language shut their eyes to the same beauty. Terrorists with gun earned symp...

    Bel Canto, Ann Patchett ?????: ?? ?????? ???????: ?? ???? ?????: ???? ???? ?????? ?????? ?????? 1395? ?? 373 ?? ????: 9786003261853? ?????: ????????? ????????? ???????? - ??? 21 ? ?...

    I was only 3 when Patty Hearst showed up on TV toting a semi automatic weapon looking bewildered and stylish in a length leather belted coat. Do I remember this? Hell no, I was three, but later? you know when I was like eight or nine and I would think it was so cool that she was bra...

    A novel about a hostage crisis that goes wrong -- with very sexy results, Bel Canto might have been a better read if at some point Patchett did anything to acknowledge the plot's ridiculousness. Instead, she treats the readers to vague social commentary about South America, multiple no...

    Stay With This One. It's Worth It. Bel Canto is one of those novels that is good on so many levels, it's taken me days after finishing it to put my thoughts about the story and the characters into words. This work is as lyrical and dramatic as any opera, and the word "brilliant" isn...

    I just couldn't do it! The premise was great, the writing was swallowable, but the story! The painful, painful story. There was no character that I truly cared about, and when the "hostages" became "free" or whatever I threw the book across the room and there it has remained ever since...

    yes, i have just discovered betterbooktitles.com ...

    I read this book because my girlfriend--who loved it--recommended it to me. She also implied that I could stand to girly up my reading list a little, which is probably fair. Man does not live by novelizations of '70s cop movies and '80s slasher movie tie-ins alone. Anyway, I thought...

    Bel Canto is the second book I've read by Ann Patchett. Commonwealth was the first and I loved it. I'd been wanting to read Bel Canto for a long time. I liked some of the book but there were parts of it that really seemed to drag on and I had no problem setting it aside at intervals. I...

    Ann Patchett, Bel Canto (Harper, 2001) I have spent quite a while mulling this over, and have finally come to the conclusion that, patterned after Greek tragic opera or not, I can't forgive Ann Patchett for the climax of this novel. Much of that has to do with the beginning of the n...

    i don't think i want to rate this book. in my opinion it's not a good book, but there is something very powerful about it and i don't think a rating can do justice to the combination of these two facts -- the fact that it isn't a good book and the fact that there is something powerful ...

    There is nothing I can say. I don't even know how. Instead, I will veil my head, lament the deaths of each person loved since the beginning of time, and cry tears of unsurpassed desolation in the hopes that tomorrow, the sun will shine on my face and god will see me standing there. ...

    it was... readable. flat characters. overly foreshadowed. i brought it to the beach b/c i thought it'd be a good beach read. it reminded me of jean-jacques beneix's film Diva, except instead of some large complex crime with lots of confusion and intrigue, it was simple and dull. maudli...

    Exquisite. Patchett does two really remarkable things here. Well, she does many remarkable things, but two I'd particularly like to point out: 1. When an author loves her characters too much, the reader can often tell. Situations and descriptions seem contrived, and there is a veneer ...

    Bel canto means "beautiful song," and Anne Patchett wanted to write a melodrama. Big emotions, big events, like an opera. The plot of her book seems allegorical; it's certainly not realistic, which makes it a surprise that it's based on real events. She was inspired by the Japanese emb...

    All in all a little too sugar-coated for my taste ? the discovered friendships, unlikely loves, the pervading beauty of every damn thing . . . And the purported passion surrounding one of the most important elements, opera, was unconvincing. It felt largely like a vacuous prop to be ...

    I mostly choose to try reading this book because someone I like told me it'd be good, and definitely made it sound interesting. When I looked at it individually, I wasn't that interested, and I stopped reading about after 100 pages. The characters seem uniform (except for the Mr. Ho...

    "Bel Canto" may be one of the top ten books I've read this year. It is absolutely beautifully written and very gripping. I really felt like I was there and that I was getting to know the characters as they got to know each other. I felt like one of them. Without giving anything away, I...

    I am so upset. But not for the reasons one might expect. The fact that it was not a happy ending was expected. On the contrary, most authors would have made a happy ending out of this story, and I applaud Ann Patchett for not taking the easy way out- however much I wanted it for all th...

    I have no words to express my thoughts on BEL CANTO, but Pat Conroy on pages 173 and 174 of the large print edition of A LOWCOUNTRY HEART:REFLECTIONS ON A WRITING LIFE beautifully reflects my feelings with the following words. "But for me, Ann Patchett went to the top of the class w...

    Books are so subjective. No matter how much we know this, it?s still shocking to love a book and see that others hated it, or to hate a book that others loved. It?s the same for everything else in life: people, films, TV shows, vacation spots, singers, etc. etc. We are all so very ...

    This is a weird and beautiful book about machine guns, chopping onions, and opera singers. Check your disbelief at the door and enjoy the language. I don't care for the ending -- but it was worth it anyway. Lovely writing. ***wondering why all my reviews are five stars? Because I...

  • Lisette Brodey
    Feb 12, 2009

    This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn't, for the life of me, remember how it ended. Turns out, it only seemed familiar to me because it is based on a real life experience. In 1995, the president of Peru and many of his g...

    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 is. In 1996, the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the ho...

    Holy crap!! This "One-Dayer" deserves applause & praise & it will surely stay with you like some truly terrific (& best yet, catchy) song for days & days to come. What happens when terrorists take over a party held in honor of a Japanese businessman at the house of t...

    How did Patchett do this? A seemingly horrifying event turned into a mystical one. Where lines of good vs evil are blurred. Where time is suspended. It's a birthday party gala in South America. The guest of honour, a powerful Japanese figurehead, almost didn't make it himself except...

    This is one of my top five favorite books. Bel Canto made me a devoted Patchett fan, although her other work hasn't quite 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 ha...

    How could a wanna-read-bad TBR turn into a sorry-ass DNF? WTF? DNF! OMG! WTF? 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? DNF! I?m havi...

    1.5 "overwrought, stereotypical, ridiculous" stars. 2015 Most Disappointing Read Award (tie) Of all the books on my reading list, "Bel Canto" was one that I was most looking forward to. You see after my faith and my loved ones the thing I most adore is Opera. Opera ha...

    To me, this book is luminous. Glorious. Magnificent. Perfect. (Well, almost perfect. I'll explain in a moment.) I first read "Bel Canto" in 2005, and I was so absorbed in the story that I would sneak away from my desk at work just to have a few precious moments with it. The story op...

    Men of great importance were held hostage with a soprano. Until they realized how trivial their existences have been to the world and the world's to them. Men of different countries, men of different taste and language shut their eyes to the same beauty. Terrorists with gun earned symp...

    Bel Canto, Ann Patchett ?????: ?? ?????? ???????: ?? ???? ?????: ???? ???? ?????? ?????? ?????? 1395? ?? 373 ?? ????: 9786003261853? ?????: ????????? ????????? ???????? - ??? 21 ? ?...

    I was only 3 when Patty Hearst showed up on TV toting a semi automatic weapon looking bewildered and stylish in a length leather belted coat. Do I remember this? Hell no, I was three, but later? you know when I was like eight or nine and I would think it was so cool that she was bra...

    A novel about a hostage crisis that goes wrong -- with very sexy results, Bel Canto might have been a better read if at some point Patchett did anything to acknowledge the plot's ridiculousness. Instead, she treats the readers to vague social commentary about South America, multiple no...

    Stay With This One. It's Worth It. Bel Canto is one of those novels that is good on so many levels, it's taken me days after finishing it to put my thoughts about the story and the characters into words. This work is as lyrical and dramatic as any opera, and the word "brilliant" isn...

    I just couldn't do it! The premise was great, the writing was swallowable, but the story! The painful, painful story. There was no character that I truly cared about, and when the "hostages" became "free" or whatever I threw the book across the room and there it has remained ever since...

    yes, i have just discovered betterbooktitles.com ...

    I read this book because my girlfriend--who loved it--recommended it to me. She also implied that I could stand to girly up my reading list a little, which is probably fair. Man does not live by novelizations of '70s cop movies and '80s slasher movie tie-ins alone. Anyway, I thought...

    Bel Canto is the second book I've read by Ann Patchett. Commonwealth was the first and I loved it. I'd been wanting to read Bel Canto for a long time. I liked some of the book but there were parts of it that really seemed to drag on and I had no problem setting it aside at intervals. I...

    Ann Patchett, Bel Canto (Harper, 2001) I have spent quite a while mulling this over, and have finally come to the conclusion that, patterned after Greek tragic opera or not, I can't forgive Ann Patchett for the climax of this novel. Much of that has to do with the beginning of the n...

    i don't think i want to rate this book. in my opinion it's not a good book, but there is something very powerful about it and i don't think a rating can do justice to the combination of these two facts -- the fact that it isn't a good book and the fact that there is something powerful ...

    There is nothing I can say. I don't even know how. Instead, I will veil my head, lament the deaths of each person loved since the beginning of time, and cry tears of unsurpassed desolation in the hopes that tomorrow, the sun will shine on my face and god will see me standing there. ...

    it was... readable. flat characters. overly foreshadowed. i brought it to the beach b/c i thought it'd be a good beach read. it reminded me of jean-jacques beneix's film Diva, except instead of some large complex crime with lots of confusion and intrigue, it was simple and dull. maudli...

    Exquisite. Patchett does two really remarkable things here. Well, she does many remarkable things, but two I'd particularly like to point out: 1. When an author loves her characters too much, the reader can often tell. Situations and descriptions seem contrived, and there is a veneer ...

    Bel canto means "beautiful song," and Anne Patchett wanted to write a melodrama. Big emotions, big events, like an opera. The plot of her book seems allegorical; it's certainly not realistic, which makes it a surprise that it's based on real events. She was inspired by the Japanese emb...

    All in all a little too sugar-coated for my taste ? the discovered friendships, unlikely loves, the pervading beauty of every damn thing . . . And the purported passion surrounding one of the most important elements, opera, was unconvincing. It felt largely like a vacuous prop to be ...

    I mostly choose to try reading this book because someone I like told me it'd be good, and definitely made it sound interesting. When I looked at it individually, I wasn't that interested, and I stopped reading about after 100 pages. The characters seem uniform (except for the Mr. Ho...

    "Bel Canto" may be one of the top ten books I've read this year. It is absolutely beautifully written and very gripping. I really felt like I was there and that I was getting to know the characters as they got to know each other. I felt like one of them. Without giving anything away, I...

    I am so upset. But not for the reasons one might expect. The fact that it was not a happy ending was expected. On the contrary, most authors would have made a happy ending out of this story, and I applaud Ann Patchett for not taking the easy way out- however much I wanted it for all th...

    I have no words to express my thoughts on BEL CANTO, but Pat Conroy on pages 173 and 174 of the large print edition of A LOWCOUNTRY HEART:REFLECTIONS ON A WRITING LIFE beautifully reflects my feelings with the following words. "But for me, Ann Patchett went to the top of the class w...

    Books are so subjective. No matter how much we know this, it?s still shocking to love a book and see that others hated it, or to hate a book that others loved. It?s the same for everything else in life: people, films, TV shows, vacation spots, singers, etc. etc. We are all so very ...

  • Alex
    Feb 01, 2016

    This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn't, for the life of me, remember how it ended. Turns out, it only seemed familiar to me because it is based on a real life experience. In 1995, the president of Peru and many of his g...

    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 is. In 1996, the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the ho...

    Holy crap!! This "One-Dayer" deserves applause & praise & it will surely stay with you like some truly terrific (& best yet, catchy) song for days & days to come. What happens when terrorists take over a party held in honor of a Japanese businessman at the house of t...

    How did Patchett do this? A seemingly horrifying event turned into a mystical one. Where lines of good vs evil are blurred. Where time is suspended. It's a birthday party gala in South America. The guest of honour, a powerful Japanese figurehead, almost didn't make it himself except...

    This is one of my top five favorite books. Bel Canto made me a devoted Patchett fan, although her other work hasn't quite 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 ha...

    How could a wanna-read-bad TBR turn into a sorry-ass DNF? WTF? DNF! OMG! WTF? 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? DNF! I?m havi...

    1.5 "overwrought, stereotypical, ridiculous" stars. 2015 Most Disappointing Read Award (tie) Of all the books on my reading list, "Bel Canto" was one that I was most looking forward to. You see after my faith and my loved ones the thing I most adore is Opera. Opera ha...

    To me, this book is luminous. Glorious. Magnificent. Perfect. (Well, almost perfect. I'll explain in a moment.) I first read "Bel Canto" in 2005, and I was so absorbed in the story that I would sneak away from my desk at work just to have a few precious moments with it. The story op...

    Men of great importance were held hostage with a soprano. Until they realized how trivial their existences have been to the world and the world's to them. Men of different countries, men of different taste and language shut their eyes to the same beauty. Terrorists with gun earned symp...

    Bel Canto, Ann Patchett ?????: ?? ?????? ???????: ?? ???? ?????: ???? ???? ?????? ?????? ?????? 1395? ?? 373 ?? ????: 9786003261853? ?????: ????????? ????????? ???????? - ??? 21 ? ?...

    I was only 3 when Patty Hearst showed up on TV toting a semi automatic weapon looking bewildered and stylish in a length leather belted coat. Do I remember this? Hell no, I was three, but later? you know when I was like eight or nine and I would think it was so cool that she was bra...

    A novel about a hostage crisis that goes wrong -- with very sexy results, Bel Canto might have been a better read if at some point Patchett did anything to acknowledge the plot's ridiculousness. Instead, she treats the readers to vague social commentary about South America, multiple no...

    Stay With This One. It's Worth It. Bel Canto is one of those novels that is good on so many levels, it's taken me days after finishing it to put my thoughts about the story and the characters into words. This work is as lyrical and dramatic as any opera, and the word "brilliant" isn...

    I just couldn't do it! The premise was great, the writing was swallowable, but the story! The painful, painful story. There was no character that I truly cared about, and when the "hostages" became "free" or whatever I threw the book across the room and there it has remained ever since...

    yes, i have just discovered betterbooktitles.com ...

    I read this book because my girlfriend--who loved it--recommended it to me. She also implied that I could stand to girly up my reading list a little, which is probably fair. Man does not live by novelizations of '70s cop movies and '80s slasher movie tie-ins alone. Anyway, I thought...

    Bel Canto is the second book I've read by Ann Patchett. Commonwealth was the first and I loved it. I'd been wanting to read Bel Canto for a long time. I liked some of the book but there were parts of it that really seemed to drag on and I had no problem setting it aside at intervals. I...

    Ann Patchett, Bel Canto (Harper, 2001) I have spent quite a while mulling this over, and have finally come to the conclusion that, patterned after Greek tragic opera or not, I can't forgive Ann Patchett for the climax of this novel. Much of that has to do with the beginning of the n...

    i don't think i want to rate this book. in my opinion it's not a good book, but there is something very powerful about it and i don't think a rating can do justice to the combination of these two facts -- the fact that it isn't a good book and the fact that there is something powerful ...

    There is nothing I can say. I don't even know how. Instead, I will veil my head, lament the deaths of each person loved since the beginning of time, and cry tears of unsurpassed desolation in the hopes that tomorrow, the sun will shine on my face and god will see me standing there. ...

    it was... readable. flat characters. overly foreshadowed. i brought it to the beach b/c i thought it'd be a good beach read. it reminded me of jean-jacques beneix's film Diva, except instead of some large complex crime with lots of confusion and intrigue, it was simple and dull. maudli...

    Exquisite. Patchett does two really remarkable things here. Well, she does many remarkable things, but two I'd particularly like to point out: 1. When an author loves her characters too much, the reader can often tell. Situations and descriptions seem contrived, and there is a veneer ...

    Bel canto means "beautiful song," and Anne Patchett wanted to write a melodrama. Big emotions, big events, like an opera. The plot of her book seems allegorical; it's certainly not realistic, which makes it a surprise that it's based on real events. She was inspired by the Japanese emb...

  • Vonia
    Dec 29, 2016

    This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn't, for the life of me, remember how it ended. Turns out, it only seemed familiar to me because it is based on a real life experience. In 1995, the president of Peru and many of his g...

    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 is. In 1996, the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the ho...

    Holy crap!! This "One-Dayer" deserves applause & praise & it will surely stay with you like some truly terrific (& best yet, catchy) song for days & days to come. What happens when terrorists take over a party held in honor of a Japanese businessman at the house of t...

    How did Patchett do this? A seemingly horrifying event turned into a mystical one. Where lines of good vs evil are blurred. Where time is suspended. It's a birthday party gala in South America. The guest of honour, a powerful Japanese figurehead, almost didn't make it himself except...

    This is one of my top five favorite books. Bel Canto made me a devoted Patchett fan, although her other work hasn't quite 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 ha...

    How could a wanna-read-bad TBR turn into a sorry-ass DNF? WTF? DNF! OMG! WTF? 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? DNF! I?m havi...

    1.5 "overwrought, stereotypical, ridiculous" stars. 2015 Most Disappointing Read Award (tie) Of all the books on my reading list, "Bel Canto" was one that I was most looking forward to. You see after my faith and my loved ones the thing I most adore is Opera. Opera ha...

    To me, this book is luminous. Glorious. Magnificent. Perfect. (Well, almost perfect. I'll explain in a moment.) I first read "Bel Canto" in 2005, and I was so absorbed in the story that I would sneak away from my desk at work just to have a few precious moments with it. The story op...

    Men of great importance were held hostage with a soprano. Until they realized how trivial their existences have been to the world and the world's to them. Men of different countries, men of different taste and language shut their eyes to the same beauty. Terrorists with gun earned symp...

    Bel Canto, Ann Patchett ?????: ?? ?????? ???????: ?? ???? ?????: ???? ???? ?????? ?????? ?????? 1395? ?? 373 ?? ????: 9786003261853? ?????: ????????? ????????? ???????? - ??? 21 ? ?...

    I was only 3 when Patty Hearst showed up on TV toting a semi automatic weapon looking bewildered and stylish in a length leather belted coat. Do I remember this? Hell no, I was three, but later? you know when I was like eight or nine and I would think it was so cool that she was bra...

    A novel about a hostage crisis that goes wrong -- with very sexy results, Bel Canto might have been a better read if at some point Patchett did anything to acknowledge the plot's ridiculousness. Instead, she treats the readers to vague social commentary about South America, multiple no...

    Stay With This One. It's Worth It. Bel Canto is one of those novels that is good on so many levels, it's taken me days after finishing it to put my thoughts about the story and the characters into words. This work is as lyrical and dramatic as any opera, and the word "brilliant" isn...

    I just couldn't do it! The premise was great, the writing was swallowable, but the story! The painful, painful story. There was no character that I truly cared about, and when the "hostages" became "free" or whatever I threw the book across the room and there it has remained ever since...

    yes, i have just discovered betterbooktitles.com ...

    I read this book because my girlfriend--who loved it--recommended it to me. She also implied that I could stand to girly up my reading list a little, which is probably fair. Man does not live by novelizations of '70s cop movies and '80s slasher movie tie-ins alone. Anyway, I thought...

    Bel Canto is the second book I've read by Ann Patchett. Commonwealth was the first and I loved it. I'd been wanting to read Bel Canto for a long time. I liked some of the book but there were parts of it that really seemed to drag on and I had no problem setting it aside at intervals. I...

    Ann Patchett, Bel Canto (Harper, 2001) I have spent quite a while mulling this over, and have finally come to the conclusion that, patterned after Greek tragic opera or not, I can't forgive Ann Patchett for the climax of this novel. Much of that has to do with the beginning of the n...

    i don't think i want to rate this book. in my opinion it's not a good book, but there is something very powerful about it and i don't think a rating can do justice to the combination of these two facts -- the fact that it isn't a good book and the fact that there is something powerful ...

    There is nothing I can say. I don't even know how. Instead, I will veil my head, lament the deaths of each person loved since the beginning of time, and cry tears of unsurpassed desolation in the hopes that tomorrow, the sun will shine on my face and god will see me standing there. ...

    it was... readable. flat characters. overly foreshadowed. i brought it to the beach b/c i thought it'd be a good beach read. it reminded me of jean-jacques beneix's film Diva, except instead of some large complex crime with lots of confusion and intrigue, it was simple and dull. maudli...

    Exquisite. Patchett does two really remarkable things here. Well, she does many remarkable things, but two I'd particularly like to point out: 1. When an author loves her characters too much, the reader can often tell. Situations and descriptions seem contrived, and there is a veneer ...

    Bel canto means "beautiful song," and Anne Patchett wanted to write a melodrama. Big emotions, big events, like an opera. The plot of her book seems allegorical; it's certainly not realistic, which makes it a surprise that it's based on real events. She was inspired by the Japanese emb...

    All in all a little too sugar-coated for my taste ? the discovered friendships, unlikely loves, the pervading beauty of every damn thing . . . And the purported passion surrounding one of the most important elements, opera, was unconvincing. It felt largely like a vacuous prop to be ...

    I mostly choose to try reading this book because someone I like told me it'd be good, and definitely made it sound interesting. When I looked at it individually, I wasn't that interested, and I stopped reading about after 100 pages. The characters seem uniform (except for the Mr. Ho...

    "Bel Canto" may be one of the top ten books I've read this year. It is absolutely beautifully written and very gripping. I really felt like I was there and that I was getting to know the characters as they got to know each other. I felt like one of them. Without giving anything away, I...

    I am so upset. But not for the reasons one might expect. The fact that it was not a happy ending was expected. On the contrary, most authors would have made a happy ending out of this story, and I applaud Ann Patchett for not taking the easy way out- however much I wanted it for all th...

  • Debbie
    Apr 18, 2015

    This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn't, for the life of me, remember how it ended. Turns out, it only seemed familiar to me because it is based on a real life experience. In 1995, the president of Peru and many of his g...

    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 is. In 1996, the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the ho...

    Holy crap!! This "One-Dayer" deserves applause & praise & it will surely stay with you like some truly terrific (& best yet, catchy) song for days & days to come. What happens when terrorists take over a party held in honor of a Japanese businessman at the house of t...

    How did Patchett do this? A seemingly horrifying event turned into a mystical one. Where lines of good vs evil are blurred. Where time is suspended. It's a birthday party gala in South America. The guest of honour, a powerful Japanese figurehead, almost didn't make it himself except...

    This is one of my top five favorite books. Bel Canto made me a devoted Patchett fan, although her other work hasn't quite 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 ha...

    How could a wanna-read-bad TBR turn into a sorry-ass DNF? WTF? DNF! OMG! WTF? 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? DNF! I?m havi...

  • Jaidee
    Nov 02, 2013

    This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn't, for the life of me, remember how it ended. Turns out, it only seemed familiar to me because it is based on a real life experience. In 1995, the president of Peru and many of his g...

    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 is. In 1996, the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the ho...

    Holy crap!! This "One-Dayer" deserves applause & praise & it will surely stay with you like some truly terrific (& best yet, catchy) song for days & days to come. What happens when terrorists take over a party held in honor of a Japanese businessman at the house of t...

    How did Patchett do this? A seemingly horrifying event turned into a mystical one. Where lines of good vs evil are blurred. Where time is suspended. It's a birthday party gala in South America. The guest of honour, a powerful Japanese figurehead, almost didn't make it himself except...

    This is one of my top five favorite books. Bel Canto made me a devoted Patchett fan, although her other work hasn't quite 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 ha...

    How could a wanna-read-bad TBR turn into a sorry-ass DNF? WTF? DNF! OMG! WTF? 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? DNF! I?m havi...

    1.5 "overwrought, stereotypical, ridiculous" stars. 2015 Most Disappointing Read Award (tie) Of all the books on my reading list, "Bel Canto" was one that I was most looking forward to. You see after my faith and my loved ones the thing I most adore is Opera. Opera ha...

  • Jen
    Mar 16, 2014

    This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn't, for the life of me, remember how it ended. Turns out, it only seemed familiar to me because it is based on a real life experience. In 1995, the president of Peru and many of his g...

    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 is. In 1996, the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the ho...

    Holy crap!! This "One-Dayer" deserves applause & praise & it will surely stay with you like some truly terrific (& best yet, catchy) song for days & days to come. What happens when terrorists take over a party held in honor of a Japanese businessman at the house of t...

    How did Patchett do this? A seemingly horrifying event turned into a mystical one. Where lines of good vs evil are blurred. Where time is suspended. It's a birthday party gala in South America. The guest of honour, a powerful Japanese figurehead, almost didn't make it himself except...

  • Brandice
    Apr 14, 2017

    This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn't, for the life of me, remember how it ended. Turns out, it only seemed familiar to me because it is based on a real life experience. In 1995, the president of Peru and many of his g...

    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 is. In 1996, the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the ho...

    Holy crap!! This "One-Dayer" deserves applause & praise & it will surely stay with you like some truly terrific (& best yet, catchy) song for days & days to come. What happens when terrorists take over a party held in honor of a Japanese businessman at the house of t...

    How did Patchett do this? A seemingly horrifying event turned into a mystical one. Where lines of good vs evil are blurred. Where time is suspended. It's a birthday party gala in South America. The guest of honour, a powerful Japanese figurehead, almost didn't make it himself except...

    This is one of my top five favorite books. Bel Canto made me a devoted Patchett fan, although her other work hasn't quite 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 ha...

    How could a wanna-read-bad TBR turn into a sorry-ass DNF? WTF? DNF! OMG! WTF? 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? DNF! I?m havi...

    1.5 "overwrought, stereotypical, ridiculous" stars. 2015 Most Disappointing Read Award (tie) Of all the books on my reading list, "Bel Canto" was one that I was most looking forward to. You see after my faith and my loved ones the thing I most adore is Opera. Opera ha...

    To me, this book is luminous. Glorious. Magnificent. Perfect. (Well, almost perfect. I'll explain in a moment.) I first read "Bel Canto" in 2005, and I was so absorbed in the story that I would sneak away from my desk at work just to have a few precious moments with it. The story op...

    Men of great importance were held hostage with a soprano. Until they realized how trivial their existences have been to the world and the world's to them. Men of different countries, men of different taste and language shut their eyes to the same beauty. Terrorists with gun earned symp...

    Bel Canto, Ann Patchett ?????: ?? ?????? ???????: ?? ???? ?????: ???? ???? ?????? ?????? ?????? 1395? ?? 373 ?? ????: 9786003261853? ?????: ????????? ????????? ???????? - ??? 21 ? ?...

    I was only 3 when Patty Hearst showed up on TV toting a semi automatic weapon looking bewildered and stylish in a length leather belted coat. Do I remember this? Hell no, I was three, but later? you know when I was like eight or nine and I would think it was so cool that she was bra...

    A novel about a hostage crisis that goes wrong -- with very sexy results, Bel Canto might have been a better read if at some point Patchett did anything to acknowledge the plot's ridiculousness. Instead, she treats the readers to vague social commentary about South America, multiple no...

    Stay With This One. It's Worth It. Bel Canto is one of those novels that is good on so many levels, it's taken me days after finishing it to put my thoughts about the story and the characters into words. This work is as lyrical and dramatic as any opera, and the word "brilliant" isn...

    I just couldn't do it! The premise was great, the writing was swallowable, but the story! The painful, painful story. There was no character that I truly cared about, and when the "hostages" became "free" or whatever I threw the book across the room and there it has remained ever since...

    yes, i have just discovered betterbooktitles.com ...

    I read this book because my girlfriend--who loved it--recommended it to me. She also implied that I could stand to girly up my reading list a little, which is probably fair. Man does not live by novelizations of '70s cop movies and '80s slasher movie tie-ins alone. Anyway, I thought...

    Bel Canto is the second book I've read by Ann Patchett. Commonwealth was the first and I loved it. I'd been wanting to read Bel Canto for a long time. I liked some of the book but there were parts of it that really seemed to drag on and I had no problem setting it aside at intervals. I...

  • Nishat
    Apr 23, 2016

    This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn't, for the life of me, remember how it ended. Turns out, it only seemed familiar to me because it is based on a real life experience. In 1995, the president of Peru and many of his g...

    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 is. In 1996, the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the ho...

    Holy crap!! This "One-Dayer" deserves applause & praise & it will surely stay with you like some truly terrific (& best yet, catchy) song for days & days to come. What happens when terrorists take over a party held in honor of a Japanese businessman at the house of t...

    How did Patchett do this? A seemingly horrifying event turned into a mystical one. Where lines of good vs evil are blurred. Where time is suspended. It's a birthday party gala in South America. The guest of honour, a powerful Japanese figurehead, almost didn't make it himself except...

    This is one of my top five favorite books. Bel Canto made me a devoted Patchett fan, although her other work hasn't quite 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 ha...

    How could a wanna-read-bad TBR turn into a sorry-ass DNF? WTF? DNF! OMG! WTF? 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? DNF! I?m havi...

    1.5 "overwrought, stereotypical, ridiculous" stars. 2015 Most Disappointing Read Award (tie) Of all the books on my reading list, "Bel Canto" was one that I was most looking forward to. You see after my faith and my loved ones the thing I most adore is Opera. Opera ha...

    To me, this book is luminous. Glorious. Magnificent. Perfect. (Well, almost perfect. I'll explain in a moment.) I first read "Bel Canto" in 2005, and I was so absorbed in the story that I would sneak away from my desk at work just to have a few precious moments with it. The story op...

    Men of great importance were held hostage with a soprano. Until they realized how trivial their existences have been to the world and the world's to them. Men of different countries, men of different taste and language shut their eyes to the same beauty. Terrorists with gun earned symp...

  • Kathleen
    Apr 21, 2016

    This book came highly recommended, and once I started reading, I kept thinking I had already but couldn't, for the life of me, remember how it ended. Turns out, it only seemed familiar to me because it is based on a real life experience. In 1995, the president of Peru and many of his g...

    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 is. In 1996, the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the ho...

    Holy crap!! This "One-Dayer" deserves applause & praise & it will surely stay with you like some truly terrific (& best yet, catchy) song for days & days to come. What happens when terrorists take over a party held in honor of a Japanese businessman at the house of t...

    How did Patchett do this? A seemingly horrifying event turned into a mystical one. Where lines of good vs evil are blurred. Where time is suspended. It's a birthday party gala in South America. The guest of honour, a powerful Japanese figurehead, almost didn't make it himself except...

    This is one of my top five favorite books. Bel Canto made me a devoted Patchett fan, although her other work hasn't quite 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 ha...

    How could a wanna-read-bad TBR turn into a sorry-ass DNF? WTF? DNF! OMG! WTF? 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? DNF! I?m havi...

    1.5 "overwrought, stereotypical, ridiculous" stars. 2015 Most Disappointing Read Award (tie) Of all the books on my reading list, "Bel Canto" was one that I was most looking forward to. You see after my faith and my loved ones the thing I most adore is Opera. Opera ha...

    To me, this book is luminous. Glorious. Magnificent. Perfect. (Well, almost perfect. I'll explain in a moment.) I first read "Bel Canto" in 2005, and I was so absorbed in the story that I would sneak away from my desk at work just to have a few precious moments with it. The story op...

    Men of great importance were held hostage with a soprano. Until they realized how trivial their existences have been to the world and the world's to them. Men of different countries, men of different taste and language shut their eyes to the same beauty. Terrorists with gun earned symp...

    Bel Canto, Ann Patchett ?????: ?? ?????? ???????: ?? ???? ?????: ???? ???? ?????? ?????? ?????? 1395? ?? 373 ?? ????: 9786003261853? ?????: ????????? ????????? ???????? - ??? 21 ? ?...

    I was only 3 when Patty Hearst showed up on TV toting a semi automatic weapon looking bewildered and stylish in a length leather belted coat. Do I remember this? Hell no, I was three, but later? you know when I was like eight or nine and I would think it was so cool that she was bra...

    A novel about a hostage crisis that goes wrong -- with very sexy results, Bel Canto might have been a better read if at some point Patchett did anything to acknowledge the plot's ridiculousness. Instead, she treats the readers to vague social commentary about South America, multiple no...

    Stay With This One. It's Worth It. Bel Canto is one of those novels that is good on so many levels, it's taken me days after finishing it to put my thoughts about the story and the characters into words. This work is as lyrical and dramatic as any opera, and the word "brilliant" isn...

    I just couldn't do it! The premise was great, the writing was swallowable, but the story! The painful, painful story. There was no character that I truly cared about, and when the "hostages" became "free" or whatever I threw the book across the room and there it has remained ever since...

    yes, i have just discovered betterbooktitles.com ...

    I read this book because my girlfriend--who loved it--recommended it to me. She also implied that I could stand to girly up my reading list a little, which is probably fair. Man does not live by novelizations of '70s cop movies and '80s slasher movie tie-ins alone. Anyway, I thought...

    Bel Canto is the second book I've read by Ann Patchett. Commonwealth was the first and I loved it. I'd been wanting to read Bel Canto for a long time. I liked some of the book but there were parts of it that really seemed to drag on and I had no problem setting it aside at intervals. I...

    Ann Patchett, Bel Canto (Harper, 2001) I have spent quite a while mulling this over, and have finally come to the conclusion that, patterned after Greek tragic opera or not, I can't forgive Ann Patchett for the climax of this novel. Much of that has to do with the beginning of the n...

    i don't think i want to rate this book. in my opinion it's not a good book, but there is something very powerful about it and i don't think a rating can do justice to the combination of these two facts -- the fact that it isn't a good book and the fact that there is something powerful ...

    There is nothing I can say. I don't even know how. Instead, I will veil my head, lament the deaths of each person loved since the beginning of time, and cry tears of unsurpassed desolation in the hopes that tomorrow, the sun will shine on my face and god will see me standing there. ...

    it was... readable. flat characters. overly foreshadowed. i brought it to the beach b/c i thought it'd be a good beach read. it reminded me of jean-jacques beneix's film Diva, except instead of some large complex crime with lots of confusion and intrigue, it was simple and dull. maudli...

    Exquisite. Patchett does two really remarkable things here. Well, she does many remarkable things, but two I'd particularly like to point out: 1. When an author loves her characters too much, the reader can often tell. Situations and descriptions seem contrived, and there is a veneer ...

    Bel canto means "beautiful song," and Anne Patchett wanted to write a melodrama. Big emotions, big events, like an opera. The plot of her book seems allegorical; it's certainly not realistic, which makes it a surprise that it's based on real events. She was inspired by the Japanese emb...

    All in all a little too sugar-coated for my taste ? the discovered friendships, unlikely loves, the pervading beauty of every damn thing . . . And the purported passion surrounding one of the most important elements, opera, was unconvincing. It felt largely like a vacuous prop to be ...

    I mostly choose to try reading this book because someone I like told me it'd be good, and definitely made it sound interesting. When I looked at it individually, I wasn't that interested, and I stopped reading about after 100 pages. The characters seem uniform (except for the Mr. Ho...

    "Bel Canto" may be one of the top ten books I've read this year. It is absolutely beautifully written and very gripping. I really felt like I was there and that I was getting to know the characters as they got to know each other. I felt like one of them. Without giving anything away, I...

    I am so upset. But not for the reasons one might expect. The fact that it was not a happy ending was expected. On the contrary, most authors would have made a happy ending out of this story, and I applaud Ann Patchett for not taking the easy way out- however much I wanted it for all th...

    I have no words to express my thoughts on BEL CANTO, but Pat Conroy on pages 173 and 174 of the large print edition of A LOWCOUNTRY HEART:REFLECTIONS ON A WRITING LIFE beautifully reflects my feelings with the following words. "But for me, Ann Patchett went to the top of the class w...