Beautiful Ruins

Beautiful Ruins The best novel of the year Maureen Corrigan NPR s Fresh AirA New York Times bestseller this absolute masterpiece Richard Russo is the story of an almost love affair that begins on the Italian coas
  • Title: Beautiful Ruins
  • Author: Jess Walter
  • ISBN: 9780061928178
  • Page: 186
  • Format: Paperback
  • Beautiful Ruins
    The best novel of the year Maureen Corrigan, NPR s Fresh AirA 1 New York Times bestseller, this absolute masterpiece Richard Russo is the story of an almost love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 and resurfaces fifty years later in Hollywood From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the back lots of The best novel of the year Maureen Corrigan, NPR s Fresh AirA 1 New York Times bestseller, this absolute masterpiece Richard Russo is the story of an almost love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 and resurfaces fifty years later in Hollywood From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the back lots of contemporary Hollywood, this is a dazzling, yet deeply human roller coaster of a novel.The acclaimed author of the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets returns with his funniest, most romantic, and most purely enjoyable novel yet Hailed by critics and loved by readers of literary and historical fiction, Beautiful Ruins is gloriously inventive and constantly surprising a story of flawed yet fascinating people navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.
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  • Jess Walter

    Jess Walter is the author of five novels and one nonfiction book His work has been translated into than 20 languages and his essays, short fiction, criticism and journalism have been widely published, in Details, Playboy, Newsweek, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe among many others.Walter also writes screenplays and was the co author of Christopher Darden s 1996 bestseller In Contempt He lives with his wife Anne and children, Brooklyn, Ava and Alec in his childhood home of Spokane, Washington.


  • This book started with such promise Pasquale was a great character and I would have enjoyed following his story The Italian setting was lush and Dee Moray s story was interesting until it got crushed by all the random characters and story lines Richard Burton and Liz Taylor Really Just seemed like a mishmash of people who were trying too hard to convey messages I could not wait to finish this book and escape from these people who make life so damned complicated for themselves and others For me, [...]

  • Preconcetti sventato ancora una volta Whoever designed the cover of this novel and came up with its title because I refuse to believe either of these disasters were Jess Walter s doing must have had one thing in mind make this book appear to be as much of a chick lit beach read as possible And yes, while there are certainly elements of the chick lit beach read here some tender relationships, a sprinkle of sentimentality, a romance or twelve it would be highly unfair to categorize it as so, becau [...]

  • Pearl Ruled Rating 2.5 of five p88 Story of romantic love at first sight ranging from 1962 to the present, and involving a staggering amount of cluttered narrative and facile, stereotypical characters.The writing is perfectly serviceable, though without any distinguishing characteristics It s like those MFA bores all are I put this down three hours ago, and already I had to look up the main characters names Pasquale and Dee Moray.In 10 minutes, I won t remember either one.That is a big problem t [...]

  • I got a table at the Rainbow Room I told my wife I d be home soon Big ships are approaching the docks I got my hi fi boom box Mashed potatoes in cellophane I see my life going down the drain Hold me baby and don t let go Pretty girls help to soften the blowPalm trees the flat broke disease And LA has got me on my knees I am the bluest of blues Every day a different way to lose The Go GetterI ll be the Go GetterThat s my planThat s who I amThe Go GetterYeah the Go GetterThe Go Getter The Black Ke [...]

  • After looking up various images of the 1963 movie, CLEOPATRA, the film that critically bombed but was lit up by the scandal of Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, I saw a coastline of Italy that looked exactly like the cover of this book It is a most felicitous cover that captures the mood and time that this novel begins, in 1962 A parochial innkeeper, Pasquali Tursi, lives in a rocky coastline village called Porto Vergogna Port of Shame , a place the size of a thumb between two mountains, and referr [...]

  • Heart Stabbing Elaboration of Beauty I kept this book on my shelf untouched for nearly 4 years after I couldn t make it past page 20 In April, with the spring weather, I decided to dust off its pretty jacket and read it So many have reviewed this novel in the time since I bought this that I doubt many will even read this review But I just feel compelled to addI was wowed, nearly speechless by the adductively alluring setting, ruins welling within me even now, months after my farewell I realize t [...]

  • In 2006, Janet Maslin of the NY Times said, Jess Walter is a ridiculously talented writer That s been a blurb on every book he s written since I can see why, especially since I happen to agree This, his most recent novel, showcases these talents well The writing is effortless, the plot is engaging, the characters are memorable, and it s full of fun and insight The social commentary is awfully good, too, meaning I approve of the targets he pokes at The story begins in the early 1960 s in a remote [...]

  • Some authors can juggle intertwined characters and a disjointed assembly of characters in a way that starts making sense, allowing them to pull all the characters and plot together effortlessly at the end Kate Atkinson, among others I did not feel that Jess Walter had that skill the characters did not appeal to me and if I hadn t been reading for my book group, I probably would not have bothered to finish.

  • Last week, I was dreading seeing my dental hygenist Not just for the usual reasons I brush floss 3 times a day, yet she has to scrape and scrape with her little implements, and it makes me feel like an unclean swine but, because we always talk about books I knew she would ask about what I was currently reading, and I had no clue how to describe the magic of Beautiful Ruins in between all that scraping and suctioning.Even now when my mouth is NOT crammed full of tubes and metal hooksI m not sure [...]

  • A favorable review today in The New York Times said Jess Walter s new book is like a film script, but to my way of thinking it is like Walter as a one man performance artist, who suddenly pulls all kinds of horns, drums, bells and other props out of his bottomless pockets to illustrate a point, to make us laugh, to break into our attention and to declare are we entirely mad His work is brilliantly interpreted and performed by Edoardo Ballerini on audio, and to hear the thick and heavy tones of [...]

  • Jess Walter and I have not seen eye to eye on another of his novels but after reading Beautiful Ruins, we have definitely kissed and made up Actually, we may well be besties He may have beautifully ruined me for the next dozen or so books that I read this, his latest novel, could easily become my reading yardstick It is thought provoking, serious, insouciant and amusing it strolls across your consciousness with a lazy charm Each character is lovingly crafted Jess Walter knows what he is doing an [...]

  • 3.5 Stars This is the type of book that determines your next vacation Sometimes its not the plot that makes a book memorable but beautiful descriptions of a place and it s inhabitants that can charm and dazzle the reader A story of greed, treachery and romance set on a rocky patch of Italian coastline in 1962.The stroy is told in chapters that go back and forth in time and I was lucky enough to have been given a copy of this as a kris Kringle bookclub gift and I had it on audible as well The swi [...]

  • I was delighted by the humor and touching sentimentality in this tale about second chances to repair broken dreams For me, it was a fun mash up of a madcap romantic comedy of the Hollywood type and a serious deflation of the same scenario I would follow happily along for long stretches, confident that the characters silly troubles would be resolved by the end Then I would get bowled over with the serious and sometimes brutal truths that emerge along the way At the start, the action alternates be [...]

  • I had been hearing so many wonderful things about Jess Walters s Beautiful Ruins that when HarperCollins Canada tweeted that they d be having a Twitter chat for the book, I just had to pick up a copy The idea of Italy mixed with that beautiful cover made it a pretty easy sell for me.Of course, when I finished the book and sat down to write this review, I was stuck The entire book was a mix of SO MANY THINGS First of all, there s travel, music, books, movie pitches, acting, movie stars, relations [...]

  • Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum Beautiful Ruins was the third book in my library Winter Reading Challenge I don t know wtf is going on, but I m having a hell of a time finding a winner Curse you, library Nah, not really In all seriousness, if I weren t such a voracious reader I would have been able to find plenty of good books on the recommendation list but since I ve already read Eleanor Park and The Lover s Dictionary and High Fidelity, etc etc etc I was down to some slim pickings.Whe [...]

  • Beautiful Ruins is a revelation It contains shimmering prose and a life affirming message Spanning 50 years and two continents, it asks some tough questions about how to define success and happiness in our media driven, celebrity obsessed culture It artfully encompasses such disparate events as the filming ofCleopatra in the 1960 s and the tragedy of the Donner Partyover 100 years earlier It skewers the modern entertainment industry for its preoccupation with ratings and admonishes us to ignore [...]

  • I am not going to recommend you read this because you will judge me for it long before you tire of the written tics, redundancy, and the repeated use of characters full names.If you were to read this, explicitly violating my not recommendation and expunging my role in the whole thing, the last quarter of the book might be the best, save for the last chapter which is one of those annoying scrolling summaries at the end of a film of all of the characters happy endings A very wrong note The author [...]

  • What a marvelous novel I thought this would be a fun and fast read, but there were surprising depths to this book that is part historical fiction, part insider Hollywood, part redemption and part love story The book opens on a tiny fishing village in Italy in 1962 An American actress comes to a small hotel to recuperate from an illness The hotel owner, Pasquale, falls for her beauty and wants to help her He will slowly learn her secrets and why she was sent to his village.The flashback portions [...]

  • A couple weeks ago a friend told me that Jess Walter s Beautiful Ruins was the book of the summer I walked straight to Barnes Noble after we finished lunch to buy it The man at the checkout counter said that all sorts of people had been buying this book After all, it combines Italy in the 1960s with Hollywood then and now It deals with love, disappointed expectations, responsibilities, movie magic, tragedy the whole gamut of human drama And yet, it s not love for me There wasn t that soft glow o [...]

  • I would never have suspected that a novel about a small town actress, a decrepit Italian hotel, an ambitious writer, a crass Hollywood producer and Richard Burton would have me turning to grab this book at every spare opportunity, and allow me to stretch my lunch hour without guilt to finish the book.In the early 60s, Pasquale has taken over his family s completely out of date hotel in a village so small that tourist boats never come there except one day, when one does, and deposits a beautiful [...]

  • Beautiful Ruins I bought this book because I heard the author on NPR and he was this super nerdy guy who talked like an economist and who said things like, When you compare the decline of cultures, for example the decline of Rome or Imperial Britain, one can make a few general conclusion, such as, wealth shifts to the top and the masses are consciously placated etc etc Then I heard the book was fiction and my reaction was Whaaatt Fiction from this guy, called Beautiful Ruins, I gotta buy this bo [...]

  • Isn t it enough to be out walking together in the sunlight Yes Yes indeed.This isn t quite five star material, but it was so touching and original and unexpectedly funny that I won t quibble over imperfections.

  • And even if they don t find what they re looking for, isn t it enough to be out walking together in the sunlight These past few weeks I have been sorting through my shelves, writing up old reviews and having many arguments with myself over what makes a book five stars and which books should sit on my The Chosen Ones shelf.1 Should I only rate a book five stars if I ve read it than once and been besotted with it on each occasion 2 Should I wait at least half of a year to decide if a five star ra [...]

  • I know I m in the minority here and late for the party but I didn t like Beautiful Ruins I actually couldn t finish it I found it boring and I didn t like any of the characters.

  • Wonderful, book that keeps one totally engaged from the beginning to the turning of the last page There was not a dull or uninteresting section in the entire three hundred plus pages I loved the intertwining of the characters and their stories as they played out their lives against the backdrop of Hollywood during the Cleopatra days of Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, to the tiny Italian town where so much of the action of the life of this book took place The characters were wonderful, so human, s [...]

  • A fast fun read that dabbles, mostly successfully, in a multitude of voices, genres and times I found it consistently fun, if never deeply meaningful The book seemed to want to say something profound about love, hope, doing the right thing, and centrally I think, about knowing our place in life not wanting what is , in love or career, than we are meant to have Perhaps the most profoundly Italian thing about the work Nothing quite got to the heart level for me, I was amused often, but not partic [...]

  • Story Description HarperCollins Publishers June 4, 2012 Trade Paperback ISBN 978 0 06 220713 5The story begins in 1962 On a rocky patch of the sun drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent 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 actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an [...]

  • 3.5 I had picked this up and started reading this twice before and just wasn t in the mood for it After several wonderful reviews from my trusty goodread friends I picked it up again and this time I found it enjoyable Never expected the sardonic humor that it held and I just absolutely adored Pasquale He is one of those witty characters, with flaws, and oh so human that I love to read about I did like the first part much than the middle In the beginning everything was being set up and each of t [...]

  • Set in one of my favorite places on earth, the picturesque Ligurian Sea, this novel had me at hello However, the beautiful Italian coastline, romantic movie stars and unique characters couldn t hold my attention for long I felt the main crux of the story dragged me through some pitiful relationships and characters making poor life choices over and over again I was frustrated with them, annoyed by their self pity and self destruction But in the end, the book turned back to its beginning glory i f [...]

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