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Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
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Mar 11, 2010

really liked it
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Read in March, 2010

I've been wanting to read this novel for a long time and was thrilled when it was chosen for my library's book discussion.

Bel Canto has a very clever plot - an internationally diverse group of 40 high ranking people are held captive together in the house of the Vice-President of a South American country by a ragtag group of revolutionaries. The hostage situation slows to a stand-off, and the group of dignitaries and young soldiers end up spending months together in the house.

I really enjoyed this book and the way the relationships and connections between the people changed as their imprisonment wore on. I was quite surprised to find that some at the library discussion didn't like the book. I thought it was an intriguing and well-written character study, with a bit of suspense thrown in. I'm looking forward to reading another of Ann Patchett's novels.

An interesting tidbit: the story is based on real-life events that took place at the Japanese ambassador's residence in Lima, Peru:
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