Monday, May 1, 2006

Book Selection of the Month (May '06)

First of all, we want to thank all you wonderful readers who participated in TBH discussion. It was great reading everyone’s thoughts and opinions, and even better, convincing some of you of how evil Alexander really was at times. *rubbing hands together in evil glee muahaha!*

For this month’s selection, we have chosen a magnificent book by the very talented Ann Patchett, Bel Canto.



“In an unnamed South American country, a world-renowned soprano sings at a birthday party in honor of a visiting Japanese industrial titan. His hosts hope that Mr. Hosokawa can be persuaded to build a factory in their Third World backwater. Alas, in the opening sequence, just as the accompanist kisses the soprano, a ragtag band of 18 terrorists enters the vice-presidential mansion through the air conditioning ducts. Their quarry is the president, who has unfortunately stayed home to watch a favorite soap opera. And thus, from the beginning, things go awry.

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, even in a novel so imbued with the rich imaginative potential of magic realism. But in a fractious world, Bel Canto remains a gentle reminder of the transcendence of beauty and love.” - Victoria Jenkins


These two questions are to be pondered while reading the book; we will go over them at length the first day of the discussion:
  • What is it about Roxane Coss that makes such an impression on the other hostages and the terrorists? Is it merely that she is famous? How does her singing and the music relate to the story?
  • Roxane and Mr. Hosokawa speak different languages and require Gen to translate their conversations. Do you think it’s possible to fall in love with someone to whom you cannot speak directly?
We have decided to change some of the BBC’s guidelines. Our book club is still in beta format LOL. We’ll be nipping and tucking for the first couple of months until we can find a way to make it a fun and entertaining experience for everyone involved. *g*
  • BBC will start on Monday and end on Wednesday of the last week of each month. Five days turned out to be too much—even for us! LOL
  • We’ll be posting the first questions when we announce BBC selection for the month. As soon as you finish reading the chosen book, you can email us your replies and ask for the other questions which we’ll supply for you to answer. We’ll then post your answers in the comments when BBC starts.
  • Please NO discussions of the BBC selection in the tagboard!
  • We are open to suggestions and ideas of how to improve our book club. Feel free to email us with comments and/or pictures of gorgeous naked men!

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5 comment(s):

Blogger Marg said...

Oh man....I have been wanting to read this for ages!!! You're twisting my arm...it hurts....oh, okay, I'll read along. Off to the library I go...again!!! Now I just have to fit it in somewhere in my schedule!

5/01/2006 06:10:00 AM  

Blogger Harlot said...

Trollop gave me a copy, thanks babe. :D I've been meaning to read this book as Trollop keeps raving about it.. Let's see if it's really that good. ;)

5/01/2006 01:10:00 PM  

Anonymous Vixen said...

Bel Canto looks pretty good. Now I just have to check it out at the library and finish my other books. Still haven't started T&A but I guess that will have to wait now. LOL. If I ever fall behind in my reading I am sure you ladies will keep my butt in line.

I look forward to this.

5/04/2006 01:47:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Charlotte again :D I LOVE this book, I was COMPLETELY absorbed in it it is utterly fantastic :D

12/11/2006 02:27:00 PM  

Blogger Bandy [baendii] said...

I read this in a bus. A bus which drove for ages, but it was okay. I had this book. Probably at home in bed it would not be interesting enough, but in a bus it was okay.

6/13/2007 05:41:00 PM