Friday, April 26, 2013

Miki Finally Takes On the Iconic "Bel Canto"


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 gunwielding 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.

Miki says:
"I don’t think that it is possible to be a bookseller and not hear something about Ann Pachett’s Bel Canto.  It is one of those books that you always recommend if you have read it and you feel guilty about if you haven’t.  Finally, my guilt and shame have been washed away because I have indeed read the infamous Bel Canto

There is not much more that I can say about the book that has been said in the millions of reviews that have been written in the past, but I will say that there is a reason why the novel is still talked about, raved about, recommended, and compared to so often. 

I did not expect Bel Canto to live up to the hype, but it certainly exceeded my expectations.  The writing is impeccable, the characters are so easy to fall in love with, and the end is flawless.  Now, when this title comes up, I can stop feeling ashamed and lead customers right to the beautiful masterpiece that is ."

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