Beautiful Ruins Beautiful Ruins

Beautiful Ruins

A Novel

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Publisher Description

“Why mince words? Beautiful Ruins is an absolute masterpiece.” — Richard Russo

The acclaimed, award-winning author of the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets returns with his funniest, most romantic, and most purely enjoyable novel yet: the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 . . . and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later. 

The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, deep in daydreams, looks out over the waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an American starlet, he soon learns, and she is dying.

And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot—searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

What unfolds is a dazzling roller coaster of a novel, spanning fifty years and nearly as many lives. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Walter introduces us to the tangled lives of a dozen unforgettable characters: the starstruck Italian innkeeper and his long-lost love; the heroically preserved producer who once brought them together and his idealistic young assistant; the army veteran turned fledgling novelist and the rakish Richard Burton himself, whose appetites set the whole story in motion—along with the husbands and wives, lovers and dreamers, superstars and losers, who populate their world in the decades that follow. Gloriously inventive, constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.

GENRE
Romance
RELEASED
2012
June 12
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
368
Pages
PUBLISHER
Harper
SELLER
HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS
SIZE
1.7
MB

Customer Reviews

LHigman ,

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters

Jess Walters has sculpted, releasing from the stone - so to speak - this story of stories - of lives touching at crucial points igniting sparks that propel the narrative(s) forward unexpectedly, yet eventually coming to a richly satisfying end.

What a story, and Jess Walter - what a masterful storyteller. And now, I am going to read it again!

Laurie Lyon

The Gon One ,

A Great Book

Beautiful Ruins is a great book, believable and touching characters, fiction that takes liberty with fact and makes a thoroughly fun read that I didn’t put down. One of those books you recommend to a friend then feel envious that they get to read it for the first time. Walter uses language so well, as he has in other novels of his I’ve recently read, The Cold Millions and The Financial Lives of the Poets, both romps of pure linguistic pleasure and so diverse in theme and voice, part of the enjoyment in reading Walter is the sheer marvel that I have that someone can write so well and tell such a compelling, believable, humane story, which seems to edify your whole life.

canalstreet365 ,

Skip pages

I found myself scrolling past pages. I became bored and thought characters like Shane was thrown in to make more story.

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