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Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
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Jun 03, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: amazon-s-100-books-to-read
Read from July 14 to 17, 2013

Simply beautiful.

The plot of this book takes place in the unlikeliest of settings: an unnamed South American country, where international leaders of industry have gathered to celebrate Katsumi Hosokawa's birthday at the home of the unnamed country's Vice President. International opera star Roxane Coss has been hired to sing for the event, and then a group of ragtag terrorists take the group hostage, mistakenly believing that the unnamed country's President is present.

From there, Patchett's beautiful prose and storytelling abilities take over. Friends and lovers are found within this group of terrorists and hostages, and without beating the reader over the head with any political agenda or cliches, Patchett shows the reader how humanity's essential beauty is present in everyone, if it is allowed to develop.

Highly recommended.

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