Bel Canto Book Summary and Study Guide

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This interesting novel delves into the human side of people under stress. A birthday party is arranged for a Japanese business man in a South American country. A famous opera singer and the country's president are invited. The president doesn't come. The singer does. South American terrorists invade the party and hold the quests hostage in exchange for the president. The red Cross sends a mediator to negotiate a peaceful settlement. From this point on, the novel departs from the standard spy thriller storyline and penetrates into the personalities and inner ambitions of everybody involved. Unexpected friendships develop, giving the reader an insight into the complexity of human reasoning. The novel has a surprise ending. The main story is intriguing and presents much food for though.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 60%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   very upbeat Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   kidnap/rescue Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   politician/elected ruler Age:    -   40's-50's


The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   South City?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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