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Oristelle Bonis (Traducteur)
ISBN : 274361465X
Éditeur : Payot et Rivages (14/11/2005)

Note moyenne : 3.23/5 (sur 13 notes)
Résumé :
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 unfortunatel... >Voir plus
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  13 avril 2013
Ce roman est un huis-clos, dans lequel des terroristes et leur otages restent coincés dans une résidence pendant plusieurs mois.
Si au début la situation est très clair : terroristes = méchants, otages = peur de mourir, mais, avec le temps passé ensemble, inévitablement, les choses changent, les relations évoluent, et même si la situation terroristes/otages est toujours bien présente, les relations au sein de la résidence deviennent complexes.
Et l'auteure décrit cette situation avec beaucoup de talent, les personnages deviennent comme réels, on ressent la tension, plus ou moins forte en fonction des moments, liée à une situation apparemment calme, dont on sens qu'elle peut exploser à tout moment!
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  10 août 2016
Bel Canto is Ann Patchett's fourth novel and its ingenious plot is based on real events: the Lima crisis in 1996 during which the Japanese embassy was taken over. After the first chapter where the takeover is described, we expect a book full of suspense and political themes. What a surprise when we discover how the story actually goes on. The author focuses mainly on the characters, their feelings, how they react to being hostages, how they organise their lives together and their relationships. Instead of the thriller that such an event would naturally lead to, the reader discovers a subtle psychological novel that puts together comedy, romanticism, tragedy, and a little bit of suspense.
The siege gives the opportunity to the characters to evolve more rapidly than they would in the real word, first of all because nobody else is admitted in their small community and because they are forced to live together. The main characters are clearly Mr Hosokawa, a rich Japanese CEO, Gen, his translator, Roxane Coss, a famous opera singer, and Carmen, one of the terrorist, but they are supported by a wide range of people. Ann Patchett uses stereotypes, which brings humour to the novel and shows the differences of culture between the different countries represented by the guests.
As most of them are foreigners, communication is difficult. This is the reason why Gen has such an important part in the book: as a translator, he is polyglot and so everybody uses him to communicate. It is an ingenious strategy to subtly let the reader know about everybody's thoughts.
After a few chapers already, we notice that the situation has completely turned around: the hostages enjoy their captivity and want the situation to last forever and the terrorists cannot escape after their mission failed and start to enjoy the situation as well. As the story goes on, the rules fade away and routine settles into their lives. The relationships develop between the terrorists and hostages and some of the characters find love. Pure and intense love that they would probably not have found in the outside world.
Music is another important theme. As we have a famous opera singer in the house, everything is linked to music. The reader discovers a rich world of operas and songs of which the author demonstrates the importance in everybody's life.
The end happens quickly - maybe a little too quickly even - but with no real surprise, as we know from the beginning how it is going to end up. However, an epilogue gives us perspectives to think about and a quick overview of the main themes that have been dealt with in the book.
I recommend this novel to all readers interested in psychology of the characters and to those who want to see a political affair from a different angle. The plot is interesting, the characters well developped and Ann Patchett's style is extremely enjoyable to read.
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  23 février 2017
Je n'en ai entendu que du bien. Peut-être que j'en attendais trop. Je crois que j'aurais mieux apprécié si cela avait été une fiction complète. le fait de rattacher des faits réels tragiques à une oeuvre d'art me met mal à l'aise. C'est peut-être moi, mais j'ai eu du mal à comprendre le cheminement.
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  16 janvier 2016
Découvert par hasard, un livre à l'humour absurde et qui m'a tenue en haleine, vraiment une surprise agréable
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  17 février 2015
Un huis clos dans un pays qu'on imagine être la Colombie. Une prise d'otage.
Avec le temps qui passe, des relations se nouent entre otages, mais aussi entre otages et ravisseurs.
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laraemilielaraemilie   10 août 2016
Maybe the private life wasn't forever. Maybe everyone got it for a little while and then spent the rest of their lives remembering.
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