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 ...
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.
Fine. 0060188731 First edition, Later Printing. Signed by the author on the title page. Not inscribed, price clipped or otherwise marked. Securely wrapped, dust jacket in protective cover and shipped in a box.
Signed by author on bookplate affixed to FFEP. Not personalized. Sixth printing in fine / like new condition. The dust jacket is clean and undamaged. Pages are clean. Boards are solid, and spine is square and tight. Not price clipped. No remainder mark. All items guaranteed, and a portion of each sale supports social programs in Los Angeles. Ships from CA.
Very Good in Fine jacket. 0060188731 First edition, First Printing. Signed by the author on the title page. Not inscribed, price clipped or otherwise marked. Securely wrapped, dust jacket in protective cover and shipped in a box. Full # line starting with a 1. Corner is bumped.
Fine in fine dust jacket. A RARE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING OF THIS PRIZE WINNING CLASSIC + LIKE NEW + ORIGINAL HARDBACK FORMAT, PROTECTED BY A MYLAR COVER; COLLECTING BOOKS SINCE 1988, SELLING BOOKS SINCE 2008. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 336 p. Audience: General/trade.
Very Good. Signed by Patchett. An Advance Reading Copy in blue wrappers. Mild creasing to the covers. A terrorist takeover at an embassy party throws together an American diva and a Japanese CEO who is one of her biggest fans. Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award.; Signed by Author.
Near Fine in Fine dust jacket. 9780060188733. Large 8vo 9"-10" tall; 318 pages; Tightly bound, bright and fresh in uniformly bright and crisp edged dust jacket with publisher's $25 issue price intact to unclipped front flap. Signed by the author to the title page. Clean unmarked copy feels and appears unrad and as new. Splendid copy. F/F; Signed by Author.
Fine in Fine jacket. Signed by Author(s) 0060188731 First edition, First Printing. Signed by the author on the title page. Not inscribed, price clipped or otherwise marked. Securely wrapped, dust jacket in protective cover and shipped in a box. Full # line starting with a 1.
Good + in Very Good+ jacket. Signed by Author Rubs to corners of boards and tail of spine. Damp stain to lower corner of rear board. No prev. owner name or markings. DJ with blue color transfer to reverse side at lower rear corner. DJ in plastic cover with price corner intact. Signed by Ann Patchett on title page. Winner of the 2002 Pen/Faulkner Award and the 2002 Orange Prize for Fiction.
The author creates a world familiar to almost no one...an international party (where people cannot even communicate due to differences in language) that is invaded by rebels who hold the guests hostage...and subtly demonstrates how beautiful life could be if only we could block out the prejudices and stressors of the world and love one another... While so unlike a "typical" real life month, it captures every reader's understanding of joy and sorrow. Beautifully written and powerful.
Jul 25, 2013
August monthly reading
This book will be my August Reading Choice.
Fantastic and compelling. Dystopia is always my favorite.
Oh so wonderful, if you really want to choose a book after a chick lit, this will definitely be the choice.
I really recommend it, and I need to write fifty words to get my review.
Oct 27, 2011
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Bel Canto. It was one of those books that I didn't want to put down. I found the ending to be surprising (and a bit disappointing) but would still recommend this book whole heartedly.
Aug 18, 2011
Paperback was in good condition...perfect for my summer reading. Bel Canto is a great read; I highly recommend it . It reads quickly and helps if you have a background and/or a love of classical music. As well, Bel Canto involves cultural differences, politics of many differing views and enduring love and friendships that all come together in a beautifully written story. My favorite character was the Japanese business man. It seemed like there were 2 endings; the first I thought would come and the second was a surprise. Have a good read with this novel.
Sep 5, 2007
There are many remarkable aspects to this engrossing story of a group of socialites discovering the depth of their true selves while being held hostage by a band of revolutionaries in the Embassy of a small South American Country. What is surprising is that out of the discomfort of a constricted life and the ongoing threat of death, people find their way to what really matters in their lives and it's not long before masks are dropped and genuine connections are made. In a claustrophobic stage that merges the third world with the art world and the world of jet setters, it is the skill and sensitivity of Ann Patchett that puts the reader exactly in place of each character, so that at the end we feel we understand that freedom doesn't always look the way we think.
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