Bel Canto - Ann Patchett

Bel Canto

By Ann Patchett

  • Release Date: 2009-03-17
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4
From 515 Ratings


Now a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe.

New York Times Bestseller

Ann Patchett’s award winning, bestselling novel that balances themes of love and crisis as disparate characters learn that music is their only common language—now a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore and Ken Watanabe.

“Blissfully romantic…. A terrific, spellcasting story.” — San Francisco Chronicle

Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of the powerful businessman Mr. Hosokawa. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the international guests with her singing.

It is a perfect evening—until a band of gun-wielding terrorists takes the entire party hostage. But what begins as a panicked, life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different, a moment of great beauty, as terrorists and hostages forge unexpected bonds and people from different continents become compatriots, intimate friends, and lovers.


  • Bel Canto

    By cherpsalot
    I loved the romance. Truly captured the feeling of love. I really wondered about it’s truthfulness. I’m looking forward to seeing the movie.
  • Spellbinding

    By The Pilot's Daughter
    In this, my favorite of all of Ann Patchett's books, the characters come alive from the first moment you meet each one. She has seamlessly brought together a cast that except for these circumstances, would have never crossed paths. I was so engrossed in the manner in which lives intertwined, in my empathy for the plight of each person, that I mourned the end of the story line and what was a somewhat predictable final outcome. Lyrical, beautifully written and totally enchanting. I have gifted this book to no fewer than twenty people...all of whom have thanked me!
  • Perfect Book.

    By erinmishelle
    I have no words other than "Thank you so much AP."
  • will make you love opera

    By found what I'm looking for
    This is a beautifully written story with a clever plot. Part romance, part drama and part thriller. It exceeded my hopes and left me wanting more. This is a book I would give as a gift because it has no downsides.
  • Lyric, beautiful story

    By theonesean
    Patchett is a master of prose, and her seamless POV switching is one of the best elements of this masterfully written story. It's a romantic, lilting story that carries us into a saturated experience that you won't want to leave.
  • AP needs to work on her endings

    By Argghh!!.!
    I enjoyed the story and came to care about the characters. Unfortunately Patchett has a tendency to rush her endings, as if she tired of writing and just wanted to be done. In the end, I feel dissatisfied.
  • Phenomenal Book

    By Noah Smith
    I had to read it for my freshman year of college. The minute my fingers touched the binding, I couldn't let go. Must read.