Bel Canto

by Ann Patchett | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 1841155837 Global Overview for this book
Registered by vilkins of Brisbane, Queensland Australia on 5/17/2019
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Journal Entry 1 by vilkins from Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Friday, May 17, 2019
Winner of the Orange Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. The poignant - and at times very funny - novel from the author of State of Wonder and Commonwealth. 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.

Released 4 mos ago (5/17/2019 UTC) at State Library of Queensland Infozone in Brisbane, Queensland Australia


Available at the Infozone (level 1) at the Queensland State Library

Journal Entry 3 by Mirfi at South Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Sunday, May 19, 2019
Picked up in the OBCZ at State Library of Queensland

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