Bel Canto by Ann Patchette ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I’ve¬†missed writing Reading Wednesday the past wo weeks. It wasn’t because of walking the Camino (although please see note below). ¬†I started two books and just couldn’t get in to either one. So I didn’t finish. It happens sometimes.
But then I picked up Bel Canto by Ann Patchette and I fell into the world this book creates. ¬†A beautiful story ¬†– another great accomplishment by Patchette.
Loosely based on the Japanese Embassy hostage crisis in Lima Peru in 1996, this story follows the lives of both the terrorists and the hostages during a four-month hostage situation that includes among the hostages a famous opera singer.
Patchette has a great talent for creating characters you fall in love with, feel sympathy for and hope for- and this includes the terrorists. ¬†Certainly not what you think is going to happen in the beginning when the terrorists storm the embassy.
This book may make you stop and think – ¬†Everyone has a story you know nothing about.
I have enjoyed other Patchette books (most recently Commonwealth) and find her to be a great American author.
Five stars for Bel Canto.
Note – for the next 4-5 weeks I am walking the Camino de Santego. I hope to read along the way, but I’ve been so tired so far each evening I have not. So Reading Wednesday will most likely be sporadic.