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Teaser Tuesday: Bel Canto

August 2nd, 2016 (03:30 pm)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. Put them on your own blog, if you have one, and link to it in a comment to today's entry on the Books And A Beat page. If you don't have a blog, share your teaser in the comment.
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

MY TEASER
I'm reading Bel Canto, by the always wonderful Ann Patchett. This novel explores the relationships among a group of hostages and terrorists. It's set in the Vice-Presidential mansion of a Latin American country, where a group of terrorists storms a party that features a famed American soprano. The terrorists had intended to kidnap the President, but he stayed home that night to watch a soap opera. With their original plan spoiled, the terrorist group stays, not knowing what else to do. The thing that gets everyone through the long ordeal — hostages and hostage-takers alike — is the opera singer's remarkable voice. In this passage, she has slept late and the others are feeling the loss of her usual morning singing practice, when another singer steps in to fill the silence. This is from page 265.

Someone else began to sing, an a cappella voice from the far side of the room, a lovely, familiar voice. People were confused at first and then one by one all the boys started laughing, Humberto and Jesus, Serio and Francisco, Gilbert, there were others coming from down the hall, big belly laughs, laughs in which they were forced to drape their arms around each other's necks just to stand up, but Cesar kept singing, "Vissi d'arte, vissi d'amore, non feci mai," from Tosca.