Book of the Month: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (2008)


Book of the Month: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (2008) Critical Evaluation "One of the delightful things about the way ''Bel Canto'' unfolds is the way Ann Patchett uses the ordeal of entrapment to locate unexpected resources in her characters, like Roxane's new leadership potential. Another surprising quality to emerge, in a book that works both as a paean to art and beauty and a subtly sly comedy of manners, is the flair that the host shows for running the household, once he realizes that being taken hostage has ruined his political career. ''With a dish towel knotted around his waist, [...]

Book of the Month: Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (2008)2020-05-14T13:55:56-04:00

Commonwealth (2016) by Ann Patchett


Critical Assessment "Ms. Patchett has long explored the awkwardness, pain and grace that come when total strangers are forced into unexpected alliances. This theme found its fullest expression in her 2001 best seller, Bel Canto, whose glamorous characters were taken hostage at a birthday party. But a far more common form of involuntary companionship — which doesn’t involve guns but often feels like it does — is the blended family. Tolerating your own kin is hard enough. Tolerating someone else’s is harder by a coefficient of 10. “Commonwealth spans over 50 years, and the stories of how these children move uncertainly [...]

Commonwealth (2016) by Ann Patchett2017-09-01T09:00:05-04:00
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