"Bel Canto" by Ann Patchett NOTE VENUE CHANGE



"Bel Canto" by Ann Patchett won both the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in 2002, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. It sold more than a million copies in the United States and has been translated into thirty languages. The setting is based in a South American country, as a world-renowned soprano sings at a birthday party in honor of a visiting Japanese industrial titan. His hosts hope that Mr. Hosokawa can be persuaded to build a factory in their Third World backwater. A band of 18 terrorists enters the vice-presidential mansion through the air conditioning ducts hoping to kidnap the president and takes hostages. Among them are not only Hosokawa and the American soprano, but an assortment of Russian, Italian, and French diplomats, the Vice President and a Swiss Red Cross negotiator.Joined by no common language except music, the 58 international hostages and their captors forge unexpected bonds. With the omniscience of magic realism, Ann Patchett flits in and out of the hearts and psyches of hostage and terrorist alike, and in doing so reveals a profound, shared humanity. Her voice is suitably lyrical, melodic, full of warmth and compassion. In the Washington Post Book World, author Robb Forman Dew wrote, "Bel Canto is its own universe. It is a marvel of a book. It delineates the way we manage to sustain hope and all the things we must forget in order to experience joy and reasonably pursue the very human desire to be happy."

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  • Eden

    I'll come for the first ten minutes to see if people have more input on the venue options. I'd like to see if we can agree on something.

    March 11, 2013

  • David G.

    Great book!! Can't make the meeting as Monday is trivia night .

    March 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really have not dropped off the face of this earth....! I am still waiting for a copy of this book, so I think it unlikely I will receive and finish it before Monday. April...for sure!

    March 6, 2013

  • Tricia

    Didn't realize someone had already updated the venue. Leaves and Beans will have a room just like 3030 and it's free. Let's meet there?

    March 5, 2013

    • Tricia

      It's about the conversation and the people, not the venue! Hate to lose you because you're not comfortable there. Everyone, I'm open to suggestions to a quiet enough place for group conversation.

      March 5, 2013

    • Eden

      Why not the arrangements I had already made with Panera?

      March 6, 2013

  • Greg C.

    Hy-vee was perfect when we went there. It even has food so we don't have to wait to eat

    March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I fully support the move from 30/30. I will check out the new LnB across from Campustown if I have time.

    March 4, 2013

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