But what begins as a life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different. Friendship, compassion, and the chance for great love lead the characters to forget the real danger that has been set in motion and cannot be stopped.
Ann Patchett has written a novel that is as lyrical and profound as it is unforgettable. Bel Canto is a virtuoso performance by one of our best and most important writers.
©2001 Ann Patchett; (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers
"Patchett can be counted on to deliver novels rich in imaginative bravado and psychological nuance. This fluid and assured narrative...demonstrates her growing maturity and mastery of form." (Publishers Weekly)
"Mixing art and politics can have unexpected results, but rarely are they so poignant....[Anna Fields'] performance is the essence of Bel Canto, easy, pure of tone, with an agile, precise vocal technique." (AudioFile)
It took me a little while to get into this book, but it caught me up and didn't let me down until the end. I listen to books in the car on my 45 minute commute and when I got home the last time listening to this, it had 8 minutes to go. I sat in the car in the garage and listened to it end. Another reviewer said that you see the ending coming, but I didn't and it made me actually catch my breath. The narrator did a great job with the accents and the storytelling. I loved it! and will recommend it to others.
Lawyer, Vietnam War draftee, Peace Corps Thailand, fan of the Constitution, Science Fiction lover, work in New York City, like bodysurfing
I think it is a five star novel overall and a five star story but maybe it is not and it is the narration that has clouded my critical faculties. The narrator, Anna Fields, is just the right combination of matter of fact delivery, excellent and not over-the-top accents (Spanish, French and Russian) and excellent portrayal of the characters without acting up a storm. This is how I like to hear a book.
Retired veterinarian. Living the good life - ranching on the river!
A really good story. The author develops each character completely and puts you inside their head. The emotions are developed and palpable! You can't wait to see what comes next!
Every time I found myself thinking this story sounded impossible, it would surprise me and draw me in further. It doesn't really matter if it is realistic or not. The characters are wonderful and the relationships, while unconventional, are interesting. This is a book in which you are drawn to almost all the characters, however flawed. Loved it!
This is a fun read. I really enjoyed the narrator and I liked getting sucked into this world. I kept wishing there was more to the story -- which I see as a sign of a good book.
I'm not much for fiction, but this made a convert of me. It has taught me something I should have been taught in school: that there is literature that engages life and there is escape literature to get away from it.
The later is much more common: living life, as it is, is the last thing most want to do - even when that life is creative writing - reading it, or writing it.
I cannot develop characters as a writer, that is why I was a technical writer. But Ann Patchett can. I wonder why I never heard of her before.
I chose this book based on the reader. She was fabulous. Her mastery of the accents and voices is remarkable. I am sad she is gone. The book started out slow but then gradually turned into a very heartwarming story. I hated the ending. It just didn't make sense, no matter how I tried to reconcile it.
Couldn't stop listening to this intriguing tale of a diverse group of strangers coming together in a confined environment. Loved all of the aspects - music, love, language, cooking, etc.
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