characters Ä Bel Canto 104

characters Bel Canto

characters Ä Bel Canto 104 Ì 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 seuence a ragtag band of 18 terrorists enters the vice presidential mansion through the air conditioning ducts Their uarry is the president who has unfortunately stayed hIn 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 seuence a ragtag band of 18 terrorists enters the vice presidential mansion through the air conditioning ducts Their uarry is the president who has unfortunately stayed home to watch a favorite soap opera And thus from the beginning things go awryAmong the hostages are Russian Italian and French diplomatic types Sw. 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 isIn 1996 the home of the Japanese ambassador to Peru was taken hostage by guerillas during a party and held for 126 days until the home was raided by military force killing all the insurgents many executed after they surrendered At a time when Peru suffered an undercurrent of terrorist activity president Fujimori was praised for his handling of the crisis and his approval rating soared Since then the commanders in the Peruvian army have been on trial for homicide but granted amnesty because they were praised as national heros President Fujimori himself is in prison for human rights violations not from this incidence but still an interesting side note since those loss of rights are linked to his low tolerance for terrorist activity A very interesting story that happened in Peru a country with a name and a history interesting than opera but this I'm afraid was not that storyIt upset me to realize that Patchett was using a piece of Peruvian history with no intention of telling a story of Peru or its political unrest or even including a proper description of the country She only refers to the host country or this godforsaken country in a vague brush of one of those South American countries that aren't very important or distinct Did she neglect to put Peru in the story because it defames the country or really is it that they just aren't interesting enough to her I know I shouldn't be offended that she dedicated this whole book to an opera singer who wasn't even part of the crisis and even gave it an Italian name but a little bit I am Even the about the book section is dedicated all to loving opera without a mention to the actual crisis that inspired the eventsThere is a passage in the book about Roxane the opera singer singing a Czech piece and Gen the translator notes the distinction between knowing the words and speaking the language and only someone who spoke the language would see the lack of understanding Maybe my reading this book was a little like that I felt like I was reading two books simultaneously The one about opera with vague inaccurate concepts of an unnamed Peru where if I had let Patchett guide my visual picture of the book I would have imagined the Von Trapp house stuck in the middle of the jungle And the other of what I know about Peru and the crisis situation trying to meld that visual to this storyI realize that this is a piece of fiction and Patchett has the artistic license to write a fictional description of the crisis anyway she wishes but I didn't like the story she chose to tell A hostage situation is intense but even the takeover she stretches through wanderings of the love of opera and manages to dull it so that not even the hostages seem anything other than mildly putout Maybe it's because I'm not a opera lover there are opera pieces I enjoy but as a whole it's not something I seek out but I found it unbelievable that all these people most of them men would be so mesmerized by an opera singer and all of them fall in love with her and her music I felt as though Patchett was using this story as a vehicle to force me to love opera and me on the other side of the pages resists for nothing than the force of her reuestIt took me over 200 pages to get into this 300 page story and the only thing that eventually drew me in and saved it was the relationships between the hostages and their captors In a normal setting I may not have believed it but I did of the generally humble Peruvians which is why the country should have been vital to the story It took Patchett awhile to get there but eventually I did like the characters Even though I knew how it would end I was anxious for the conclusion to avoid inevitable tragedy I could have done without the epilogue that was unnecessary and cheap If Patchett wanted to include an epilogue maybe she should have included one about the actual events Or maybe it's all too appropriate that Peru was ignored Okay I'm done with my Peruvian inferiority complex over here Feel free to talk about the actual story in your review or in the comments section15 stars somewhere between a book prevented from being a great story and a book that upset me according to my own star ratings I did find some merit in the book by the end but it wasn't enough to overcome Patchett's inability to research her setting

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Iss Red Cross negotiator Joachim Messner comes and goes wrangling over terms and demands Days stretch into weeks the weeks into months Joined by no common language except music the 58 international hostages and their captors forge unexpected bonds Time stands still priorities rearrange themselves Ultimately of course something has to giveHearing opera sung live for the first time a young priest reflects Never had he thought never once that such a woman existed one who. 15 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 has been my passion my solace my escape and the most direct connection to my emotional life I have found Opera beautiful profound wise and affirming I was introduced to Opera at the age of 10 and since then there has not been a day where I have not listened to it I remember traveling through Colombian jungle with some friends at the age of twenty four and ran out of batteries for my discman I was working through some obscure Russian opera at the time My mood plummeted so severely that one of my friends took out her AA batteries from her mini flashlight now that's a good friendso that I could listen at night until we reached the next villageI read The Patron Saint of Liars by Patchett in 2013 and thought it was a very good book 35 stars full of psychological insight and an understanding of what disconnection does to family relationships I was expecting this book to be even better as it won awards was a later novel and for God's sake was about OperaFrom the get go I felt my heart sink and chapter after chapter I read in disbelief that this was the same book that others gave such accolades The book rang so false to my ear The melodrama and overly disgustingly sweet sentimentality was jarring discomforting and infuriatingI somehow suspected that Ann Patchett had subcontracted a junior writer from Disney Animation and another burned out writer from Harleuin Romance to come together and churn this out while she joined their ideas and linked them with a very few gorgeous passages The characters were absolute caricatures with extreme gender and ethnic stereotypes The emotions and story line were completely illogical and the whole experience left me both angry and depletedThe only thing that will act as salve to cure my disappointment is to go and listen to Diana Damrau sing some heavy Richard Strauss songs with orchestra Thank goodness for thatAddendum My partner just noted that I rated Veronica Wants to Die by Paulo Coelho higher than this This is getting scary

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Bel CantoStood so close to God that God's own voice poured from her How far she must have gone inside herself to call up that voice It was as if the voice came from the center part of the earth and by the sheer effort and diligence of her will she had pulled it up through the dirt and rock and through the floorboards of the house up into her feet where it pulled through her reaching lifting warmed by her and then out of the white lily of her throat and straight to God in heaven. To me this book is luminous Glorious Magnificent Perfect Well almost perfect I'll explain in a momentI 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 opens with a renowned opera singer Roxanne Coss giving a private performance at the home of a vice president of an unnamed South American country Several people in the room are already in love with her and others will fall in love with the sound of her voiceThe moment she's done singing the room is stormed by guerrilla fighters and everyone in the home is taken hostage What follows is a fascinating look at what happens when a group of strangers are forced to live together for weeks The fighters make demands a poor Red Cross volunteer acts as intermediary with officers outside and meanwhile everyone inside the house tries to get along despite numerous language barriers Which brings me to one of my favorite characters the translator Gen Without Gen the entire story could not have happened because he was the one who helped people communicate Gen is constantly in demand translating from English to Spanish to Russian to Japanese and back to English againThere are some surprising and emotional attachments that form even Gen falls in love and by the end of the book I was in tears My only complaint is with the ending which I won't spoil but to say I was devastated is an understatement But given the scenario you can't really expect a happy ending can youThe characters are beautifully drawn Ann Patchett's writing is gorgeous and some of the scenes are so vivid that it would make a wonderful film I would heartily recommend this book to anyone who loves literary fiction Brava