Seriously, (saying this fast before Trollop catches me) Bel Canto is not one of those books that will end up in my keeper’s shelf—like I said, I only finished it as to not be strangled by someone *ahem*—but, the thing is, this book definitely has a lot of parts/scenes that warrant a GOOD discussion. So without further ado, here’s our last batch of questions (okay, now I have to run and hide! LOL):
- At one point Carmen says to Gen, “Ask yourself, would it be so awful if we all stayed here in this beautiful house?” And towards the end of the story it is stated: “Gen knew that everything was getting better and not just for him. People were happier.” Messner then says to him, “You were the brightest one here once, and now you’re as crazy as the rest of them.” What do you think of these statements? Do you really believe they would rather stay captive in the house than return to the “real” world?
- What do you think of the novel’s ending? Did it surprise you? Do you agree with Thibault’s assessment of Gen and Roxane’s motivations for marrying?
[Added, 1:30 p.m.]
*Trollop* here, laughing so hard I can barely keep my ass on this chair LOL LOL LOL. I had this conversation with Harlot a couple of minutes ago; let me share. :P
Harlot: Patchett really can write, but I dont like it. I find it really boring, babe. And really, 4 months being held hostage? There are prominent people there! That’s too unrealistic!!!
Trollop: Er, babe, that really happened, you know. Oh god LOL, you didn't know, did you? LOL! It’s based on a true story!
Harlot: 4 MONTHS!?!
Trollop: I think more. Let me get story for you!
For those of you, who, like Harlot, had no idea what went on in Lima, Peru a decade ago, here are some highlights of the Tupac Amaru take-over of the Japanese ambassador’s residence in 1996:
- Rebels from the Peruvian Tupac Amaru movement staged a well-executed, military-style raid upon the house of the Japanese ambassador. The daring plan took place at about 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday night. A reception honoring Japanese Emperor Akihito’s birthday was taking place. Peruvian police said that some of the guerrillas slipped past security by posing as waiters.
- Among the hostages are the ambassadors from: Austria, Britain, Boliva, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Germany, Japan, Panama, Spain, South Korea and Venezuela. As well as the foreign and agriculture ministers of Peru, 6 Peruvian legislators, the president of Peru’s Supreme Court and dozens of Japanese businessmen. It is reported that there are 7 American citizens among the captives.
- Twenty-three rebels, including 3 females, are in control of the compound. At least 1 guerrilla, believed to be a leader, has reportedly suffered a serious gunshot wound to the leg.
- At the end of the initial clash the guerrillas had taken control of a compound that covers an entire block and sits behind a 15-foot high wall that is topped by a 10-foot electrical fence in Lima’s San Isidro residential area. About 170 hostages, mostly women and elderly people, were released after a few hours of the assault.
- A representative of the Red Cross was allowed by the guerrillas to enter the compound and negotiate with the rebels.
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