Thursday, March 17, 2011

A good book

On the plane on the way back, relieved to be relieved of the responsibilities of running the unit in Bangkok, I read this beautiful, very positive novel, Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. John recommended it to me, having found it at the local market and bought it ($2 ...  a bargain!).

Set in an unnamed South American country, it tells the story of a group of high-level executives, artists and politicians who are kidnapped and held hostage by a group of terrorists. Rather than focusing on horror and violence, it delves into the incredible bonds of friendship that form, and on the positive effect of music on the psyches of all involved.

Highly recommended, it's been on several top book lists, including Amazon's Best Books of 2001.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Mieke,

So good to catch up the other week in Lismore. Still laughing about your comment to my boss (the difficulties of Dutch). I read this a few years ago. It was quite a good read, although I thought a bit ott. You should read her other book Truth and Beauty, which is very revealing, about her relationship with another writer, Lucy. Lucy's family were rather pissed off with Ann for "mining" Lucy's legacy. take care xx