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Bel Canto By Ann Patchett

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

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Summary

The poignant - and at times very funny - novel from the author of `The Magician's Assistant', winner of the Orange Prize, repackaged and promoted as part of Perennial's fiction promotion in 2008.

Bel Canto Summary

Bel Canto (The Perennial Collection) by Ann Patchett

The poignant - and at times very funny - novel from the author of `The Magician's Assistant', winner of the Orange Prize, repackaged and promoted as part of Perennial's fiction promotion in 2008.

Latin terrorists storm an international gathering hosted by an underprivileged country to promote foreign interest and trade, only to find that their intended target, the President, has stayed home to watch his favourite soap opera on TV. Among the hostages are a world-class opera singer and her biggest fan, a Japanese tycoon who has been persuaded to attend the party on the understanding that she will perform half a dozen arias after dinner.

The tycoon's engaging and sympathetic translator plays a vital role in the subsequent relationships between so many different nationalities closeted together, interpreting not only the terrorists' negotiations but also the language of love between lovers who cannot understand what the other is saying.

Ultimately, it is the terrorist strike that does more to promote foreign relations than anyone could have hoped to achieve with the party.

Bel Canto Reviews

`A beguiling mix of thriller, romantic comedy, and novel of ideas...Crisply written, immaculately plotted, and often very funny, it is that rarity - a literary novel you simply can't put down.' The Times

`Like the blueprint of operatic performance that she has imported, Patchett slides from strutting camp to high tragedy, minute social comedy to sublime romanticism.' Alex Clark, The Guardian

`Expect miracles when you read Ann Patchett's fiction. Comparisons are tempting to the unabashed romanticism of Laurie Colwin, the eccentric characters of Anne Tyler, the enchantments of Alice Hoffman. But Patchett is unique; a generous, fearless and startlingly wise young writer.'
New York Times Review of Books

`A fantastically gripping novel of romance under unexpected conditions.' Cosmopolitan

About Ann Patchett

Originally from Los Angeles, Ann Patchett has also written `The Magician's Assistant' and `The Patron Saint of Liars'. She lives in Nashville and is the Tennessee Williams Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of the South.

Additional information

GOR001321199
9780007268313
0007268319
Bel Canto (The Perennial Collection) by Ann Patchett
Used - Very Good
Paperback
HarperCollins Publishers
2008-02-04
352
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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