Beautiful Ruins
  • Author : Jess Walter
  • Release Date : 06 July 2022
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Genre : Americans
  • Pages : 337
  • ISBN 13 : 0062668684
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Book excerpt: A novel that spans fifty years. The Italian housekeeper and his long-lost American starlet; the producer who once brought them together, and his assistant. A glittering world filled with unforgettable characters. The 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 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, yet deeply human, 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, the author 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, this is a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams.

Beautiful Ruins

Beautiful Ruins

Author : Jess Walter
Publisher : Unknown
Genre : Americans
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A novel that spans fifty years. The Italian housekeeper and his long-lost American starlet; the producer who once brought them together, and his assistant. A glittering world filled with unforgettable characters. The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, ...

Beautiful Ruins

Beautiful Ruins

Author : Jess Walter
Publisher : Penguin UK
Genre : Fiction
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Publisher : Rutgers University Press
Genre : Art
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Publisher : HarperCollins
Genre : Fiction
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Publisher : Getty Publications
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Publisher : Thomas Nelson
Genre : Fiction
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Publisher : Vintage
Genre : Fiction
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Publisher : Penguin UK
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Publisher : Penguin
Genre : Fiction
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