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Ann Patchett has said that she was inspired to write Bel Canto after
reading about a real four-month hostage siege that took place in
Peru in 1996. What are some of the realistic elements in Bel
Canto? What are some fantastical elements in the novel?
What effect does Patchett achieve by combining realistic and fantastical
Many novels are set in a confined space—a deserted
island, an isolated retreat. Bel Canto is set in
a vice president’s mansion. What do you think authors gain by setting
their novels in confined spaces? What does Patchett gain?
What is the role of the artist in Bel Canto?
What conclusions can we draw about Patchett’s attitude toward artists
and their role in society?
Why do you think Patchett ends her novel with an
epilogue, rather than a final chapter? How does the epilogue affect
your reading of the novel as a whole?
Does the end of the novel satisfy you? Why or why
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