Based on the Book – April 2019


Bel Canto


Ann Patchett
April 4, 2019



In an unnamed South American country, a world-renowned soprano sings at a birthday party in honor of a visiting Japanese industrial titan. Alas, in the opening sequence, a ragtag band of 18 terrorists enters the vice-presidential mansion through the air conditioning ducts. Among the hostages are Russian, Italian, and French diplomatic types. Days stretch into weeks, the weeks into months. Joined by no common language except music, the 58 international hostages and their captors forge unexpected bonds. Time stands still, priorities rearrange themselves. Ultimately, of course, something has to give. The 2018 dramatic film adaptation stars Juliana Moore.


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