SmackAMack’s Blog

May 4, 2009

Bel Canto (2001) – Book Review

Filed under: Book,book review — smackamack @ 1:31 am


Plot: Lucky Mr. Hosokawa. The well-connected Japanese businessman, now in an unnamed South American country on yet another job, is having a very special birthday party. At the home of the country’s vice president, opera singer Roxane Cos will be performing for him and his guests. But what’s this? Armed men invading the premises? These ragtag revolutionaries are looking for the president and disappointed that he is not there, but that doesn’t stop them from holding the party goers hostage. What happens after that was, for this reviewer, a story that failed to ignite. Patchett (The Patron Saint of Liars) generates little tension as she moves her players around the board, and one is disappointed that there is little reflection about the head-on clash of art and life. This book is getting a big promotional pitch, however, so libraries may want to consider.

Whitney Baker gave me this book for my birthday because she had been raving about it for years.  It took me a really long time to get into, but the end result was worth it!  This book is not an adventurous read, it is slow and beautiful, but the second half really picks up and you become truly invested in the characters.  I am interested to read a different Ann Patchett book…

I am surprised this hasn’t been made into a movie yet…I mean, the ending is so visually powerful, I think it would make a wonderful film.  

I recommend this book for people who enjoy music, reading, and an ‘intellectually stimulating’ read.  I give this book 3.75/5 stars.


1 Comment »

  1. Nice blog about book reviews.

    Comment by roykeane — May 5, 2009 @ 11:06 pm | Reply

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