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review 2017-07-01 04:05
Book Review: Bel Canto
Bel Canto - Ann Patchett

Book: Bel Canto


Author: Ann Patchett


Genre: Fiction/Based on Real Events


Summary: Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in the honor of the powerful businessman, Mr. Hosokawa. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the international guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening - until a band of gun-wielding terrorists takes the entire party hostage. But what begins as a panicked, life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different, a moment of great beauty, as terrorists and hostages forge unexpected bonds and people from different continents become compatriots. Friendship, compassion, and the chance for great love lead the characters to forget the real danger that has been set in motion. . . and cannot be stopped. - Harper Collins, 2001.


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text 2017-06-19 21:56
The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett $1. 99 cents!
Magician's Assistant - Ann Patchett

Sabine-- twenty years a magician's assistant to her handsome, charming husband-- is suddenly a widow. In the wake of his death, she finds he has left a final trick; a false identity and a family allegedly lost in a tragic accident but now revealed as very much alive and well. Named as heirs in his will, they enter Sabine's life and set her on an adventure of unraveling his secrets, from sunny Los Angeles to the windswept plains of Nebraska, that will work its own sort of magic on her.

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review 2017-05-14 16:53
State of Wonder
State of Wonder - Ann Patchett

State of Wonder tells the story of Miranda, a scientist who works for a big pharmaceutical company. After her colleague Anders has died in the Amazonian rain forest, the company sends her to find out what has happened to Anders and how advanced the research of Dr. Swenson, the former mentor of Miranda and employee of the same pharmaceutical company, is.


It´s been a week since I finished this book and I feel the same amount of bewilderment and annoyance that I felt immediately upon finishing the novel. Ann Patchett sure can write a compelling story, but there are so many factual errors in this book, especially when it comes to the medicinal facts, I had a hard time enjoying this book and at some point I couldn´t read these passages from a humoristic point of view anymore. And the notion that Miranda is supposed to have been a medical doctor at some point in her life is utterly laughable, because she is incredibly stupid throughout the whole book.

In the beginning of the book Ann Patchett manages to write Dr. Swenson as that incredibly mysterious and enigmatic character and the oppressive atmosphere of the rain forest is excellent. This is were the book shines. But other than that I haven´t been impressed by this novel.


State of Wonder has been publisched in 2011 and fits the square Carsland 18



Page count: 384 pages

Money earned: $3.00


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text 2017-05-07 18:56
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
State of Wonder - Ann Patchett

I haven´t been left with so many conflicting feelings for a very long time upon finishing a book. Have to think a little bit more about this one...


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text 2017-05-07 16:14
Reading progress update: I've read 70%.
State of Wonder - Ann Patchett

The characters are talking about a rare species of psylocibine mushrooms and how they keep the location of these mushrooms a secret, because ...


"Exactly. This place would be overrun, drug dealers, Brazilian government, other tribes, German tourist, there´s no telling who would get here first and what sort of war would ensue."


I beg your pardon ... German tourists? Do Germans have a reputation of participating in heavy drug tourism?


This book leaves me speechless at times.







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