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A lavish party is held in a castle of the vice-president to celebrate the birthday of Japanese businessman named Katsumi Hosokawa, the president of a major electronics company called Nansei. The party goes smoothly until a group of 18 terrorists sneak into the castle through the air conditioning systems looking for the president. After discovering the president does not attend the party due to his favorite TV show, the terrorists decided to hold some hostages for the ransoms. This includes Hosokawa, Roxane Coss, a famous opera singer and Gen Watanabe, the translator and assistant of Hosokawa.
Cannot reach out the outside world, the terrorists and the hostages themselves slowly build up an unexpected ties with each other inside the castle.
Somewhere in South America at the home of the country’s vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera’s most revered soprano, has mesmerized the guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening, until a band of terrorists breaks in, taking the entire party hostage.
But what begins as a life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different. Friendship, compassion, and the chance for great love lead the characters to forget the real danger that has been set in motion and cannot be stopped.
Ann Patchett has written a novel that is as lyrical and profound as it is unforgettable. Bel Canto is a virtuoso performance by one of our best and most important writers.
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©2001 Ann Patchett; (P)2001 HarperCollins Publishers