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"Classic Commonwealth" - by nickyb (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia )
Pat heat has to be one of my favourite writers. At times like this book she is so similar to Ann Tyle while with Bel Canto maybe not. In Commonwealth she writes about the extended family, how infidelity leaves the children out in the cold. Always loved but at the same time neglected. It’s the writing and storytelling that makes Patchett so good. It’s one those rare books that you want to never end.

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"So good I read it twice!" - by A. Washington (London)
Never before have I finished a book, turned back to the beginning and started again. In this extraordinary book Ann Patchett describes the nobler side of human nature in what ought to be terrible circumstances. A bungled kidnap turns into a long-term hostage situation. The hostages are men, all leaders in their field, and one exceptional woman, an opera singer, whose voice transcends the multitude of factors that should divide those confined together. Relationships develop between the hostages themselves and between the hostages and their captors, most of whom don't speak the same language. It is a rare book. It elevates humanity, showing how even those under enormous stress can show great courage and consideration for their fellow man. It made me laugh and cry - both times - and it has a great twist at the end! I'm sure I'll read it again.

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"Superb collection of articles and essays" - by Alison
I'm so glad I discovered Ann Patchett. A wonderful writer.

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"A well-crafted tale of extraordinary, ordinary life." - by Carol Farrell
Run is an unlikely but somehow entirely credible story about an unusual family. An excellent narrative, brilliantly written, with new information revealed gradually over the entirety of the book. I loved it, even though I thought the ending too abrupt - perhaps because I wanted the book to go on and on.

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"A Subtle Little Gem of a Book" - by Kate Hopkins (London)
Ann Patchett's beautiful and very original third novel opens with the sudden death of Parsifal, a magician and exotic rug salesman. His wife Sabine is stunned with grief. She was Parsifal's assistant for his performances for over twenty years, his best friend and constant companion. She loved him so much that, although Parsifal was gay and in his later years had a long-term lover, Phan (an elegant and cultivated half-French and half-Vietnamese computer-games designer, who Sabine was very fond of), she decided to focus her love on him, rather than looking for a more conventional husband and children. And after Phan's death from AIDS, when Parsifal (by now HIV positive) asked her to marry him, she accepted joyfully. Now Parsifal has gone, struck down unexpectedly by an aneurism, and Sabine feels completely lost without him. But there are great surprises to come from Sabine. First, she learns that Parsifal (who ... full review

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"Five Stars" - by Amazon Customer
A moving novel, well-written nod thoughtful.