Month: May 2016

Bel Canto Discussion

Originally posted on present perfect book club:
Today we have TWO moderators for the price of one!! Julia and Kristina suggested we read Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto, and here they are with some thoughts and questions! Julia says: I finished the book yesterday and I loved it, although I think I’m still recovering from the last chapter and the epilogue … but more on that in the discussion, I hope!  Q1. As in February’s book club pick, Station Eleven, the story is told from multiple perspectives. Is there a specific character that stood out to you or that you warmed to in particular (ex. for his/her heroism, growth, etc.)? How do you think the story would be different if it were told through the eyes of a single character? Q2. Some of the most striking passages in the book are the ones that describe music. Music represents different things for different characters – safety, escape, or even God – and Roxane Coss’s singing has a mesmerizing, even magical, effect on both the hostages and the terrorists. I was already a fan of classical music and opera before reading Bel Canto, and I’m curious to know whether you think…


Currently: Perusing sonnets Responding to a job posting for an assistant director position at one of my favorite theatres! Searching my Google Drive for old cover letter inspiration Listening to an album I just discovered and can’t stop listening to: Rufus Wainwright’s Take All My Loves Checking my email inbox Jotting replies to everyone whose emails I’ve been ignoring all week Reflecting on what it means to be “serious in love” (Thanks, Shakespeare) Plotting to watch last week’s episode of Game of Thrones Reading the book club book we start discussing this week, though I have had trouble getting through this one… Sending positive vibes into the universe Considering a deer puppet Anticipating a long weekend of relaxation, rehearsal, and hopefully reading Sipping iced tea Playing around Pushing my covers back What are you doing, currently? ❂