By Ann Patchett
This book cover is the Vintage Modern Classics edition.
Genre: Literary Fiction
After reading State of Wonder, I had to return to Bel Canto to re-read and savor a book that I first devoured in two days, many years ago.
Review: A Japanese tech magnate loves opera and travels to "the host country" in South America to hear Roxanne Coss sing at a birthday party in his honor. Terrorists take over the party, in search of the President, who is not present. The ensuing plot follows the shifting relationships between the guests and the terrorists, tracing three loves stories: love of opera, a translator and a soldier, and an unlikely couple. The writing is amazingly beautiful, yet the plot moves swiftly. The story is told with psychological precision.
Bottom Line: Read it. Re-read it! Well-written thriller. Literary Masterpiece.
Song to Read By: Renée Fleming - Mozart - Ch'io mi scordi di te?