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  by Ann Patchett

category Literature & Fiction
ISBN: 1841155837
Books Registered: 133
BookCrossing Rating: Average 4 star rating by BookCrossing Members
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The poignant - and at times very funny - new novel from the author of 'The Magician's Assistant', shortlisted for the Orange Prize. 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.


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Registered by AlexInLeeds of Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Monday, April 05, 2004

Current status: travelling Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members


Registered by Decembermum of Basingstoke, Hampshire United Kingdom on Friday, December 01, 2006

Current status: travelling Average 9 star rating by BookCrossing Members


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Current status: to be read Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members


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Current status: available Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members


Registered by KarenZero of Brooklyn, New York USA on Saturday, November 26, 2005

Current status: to be read Average 9 star rating by BookCrossing Members


Registered by RedDahlia of Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Saturday, April 02, 2005

Current status: travelling Average 6 star rating by BookCrossing Members


Registered by caroline2 of Chelmsford, Essex United Kingdom on Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Current status: to be read Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members


Registered by fredam of Yateley, Hampshire United Kingdom on Friday, August 15, 2008

Current status: to be read Average 9 star rating by BookCrossing Members


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Current status: travelling Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members


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Current status: to be read Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members


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Current status: to be read Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members


Registered by AliceF of Coventry, West Midlands United Kingdom on Friday, June 09, 2006

Current status: travelling Average 9 star rating by BookCrossing Members


Registered by blue1236 of Melbourne, Victoria Australia on Friday, December 15, 2006

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Registered by Jinglefish of Woking, Surrey United Kingdom on Sunday, May 20, 2007

Current status: to be read Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members


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Current status: permanent collection Average 9 star rating by BookCrossing Members


Registered by Tierradelfuego on Monday, October 06, 2003

Current status: to be read Average 6 star rating by BookCrossing Members


Registered by Winterson of Peacehaven, East Sussex United Kingdom on Monday, January 17, 2005

Current status: permanent collection Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members


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Current status: to be read Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members


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