S4L Book Club – Bel Canto

Bel Canto by Ann PatchettThe garua, the fog and mist, lifts after the hostages are in captivity for a number of weeks. “One would have thought that with so much rain and so little light the forward march of growth would have been suspended, when in fact everything had thrived” (pg. 197).

In books, movies, stories of all kinds, weather is often used to mirror a story’s mood or situation. Rain can represent sadness or cleansing/starting over. Here, the garua is obviously a burden, a weight, a wall between the hostages and the outside world.

Because the story takes place mostly in the house, the weather device can’t be used very often. What other methods does the author employ to enhance the story and bring home the emotion and mood?

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