Beautiful Ruins (Paperback)Jess Walter (author)
Intensely romantic and redolent of old-school Hollywood glamour, Walter's hugely popular bestseller is both deft Tinseltown satire and wonderfully immersive character study.
Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins is a gorgeous, glamorous novel set in 1960s Italy and a modern Hollywood studio.
The story begins in 1962. Somewhere 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 views an apparition: a beautiful 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 in Hollywood, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot searching for the woman he last saw at his hotel fifty years before.
Gloriously inventive, funny, tender and constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a novel full of fabulous and yet very flawed people, all of them striving towards another sort of life, a future that is both delightful and yet, tantalizingly, seems just out of reach.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 255 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm
'Just about the perfect summer read. It is intelligent and thought-provoking, but also a lot of fun. Reading hours fly by and reaching the final page feels like a genuine wrench' - The Sunday Times
'Ambitious, large-hearted, exhilarating novel that leaves you wanting more ... Very, very funny' - The Times
'Beautiful Ruins is a novel unlike any other you're likely to read this year' - Nick Hornby
'Romantic, very funny...Turbo-charged satire meets a Garcia Marquezesque love story. What's not to like?' - The Daily Mail
'Walter creates an epic here - one that took him 15 years to write. The end result, however, is well worth the wait' - The Observer
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