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Beautiful Ruins: A Novel af Jess Walter
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Beautiful Ruins: A Novel (original 2012; udgave 2013)

af Jess Walter (Forfatter)

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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.
Medlem:KarenCovell
Titel:Beautiful Ruins: A Novel
Forfattere:Jess Walter (Forfatter)
Info:Harper Perennial (2013), Edition: Reprint, 337 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Beautiful Ruins af Jess Walter (2012)

  1. 10
    The Rocks af Peter Nichols (Anonym bruger)
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    The Pirate's Daughter af Margaret Cezair-Thompson (BookshelfMonstrosity)
    BookshelfMonstrosity: Exotic backdrops -- Italy in Beautiful Ruins and Jamaica in The Pirate's Daughter -- combine with Hollywood glamor (and scandal) in these engaging historical novels, in which past events influence present-day situations. Both feature cameo appearances by real-life movie stars.… (mere)
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    Tæskeholdet banker på af Jennifer Egan (wandering_star)
    wandering_star: Does what this book is trying to do; does it better.
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This book was fun. It did probably try and take on too much, but the sheer brazenness of the plot devices kind of worked, in a chaotic sort of way. I especially liked the description of the madness of Hollywood life - pitch meetings, money wasting producers, how people still get addicted to the idea of making their movie happen even if there's no hope. That part felt very true to life. The Italian sections were essentially fantasy, but very beautiful fantasy. It was a page turner and often evocative. Good for holidays. ( )
  Clare_L | Sep 20, 2021 |
rabck wishlist tag from ghir; still no idea why it was on my wishlist - maybe saw a promo somewhere? Anyway, it was interesting. Set mostly in a coastal town in Italy and Hollywood California, the story bounces between 1962, inbetween years and "current day", with a number of characters. The main ones are Pasquale (I was rooting for that Italian guy most of the story) and the American Actress, Dee who is not dying, but rather pregnant by a movie star cad. Michael is the unethical Hollywood producer who thinks everyone and everything can be solved with cash and promises - glad to see him get his come-uppance in his old age. Minor characters include Seth pitching Donnor! (a wagon train gone wrong), everyone surrounding the Cleopatra movie that was a bomb, except for the extra-curricular activities of the stars, and Pasquale's fellow fishermen and villagers. I liked how the ending tidied up who's who and how they turned out in the end. ( )
  nancynova | Sep 12, 2021 |
Nice, fiction story. Actress Dee Moray, Richard Burton. Pleasant to read. Nothing great about this book. ( )
  avdesertgirl | Aug 22, 2021 |
A pleasant read, I enjoyed it. ( )
  emrsalgado | Jul 23, 2021 |
very enjoyable, want to read some other books by the author ( )
  flemertown | Jul 10, 2021 |
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Ruins constitutes a departure for Walter, another unplowed field, and he harrows it straight and true, turning up the fertile humus of the culture’s soiled psyche. Beautiful Ruins collides its broad range of characters in unexpected, unique ways, and the wonderful light touch of the satire makes them eminently believable. Unlike the Juvenalian satirists, whose righteous indignation sometimes results in flat, two-dimensional, cardboard characterizations, Walter’s people inspire sympathy, belief, even a little self-examination. Am I like this? Do I have any qualities that resemble the ones I’m reading about here? If I do, where do I get help?

Jess Walter has written a novel that sprawls on the lawn, looks up fondly at the achingly blue American sky and gazes into the deep humor of our collective human condition. That’s what good satire does—it reminds us who we really are. Humans.
tilføjet af zhejw | RedigerPaste, David Langness (Aug 7, 2012)
 
Walter is simply great on how we live now, and ­— in this particular book — on how we lived then and now, here and there. “Beautiful Ruins” is his Hollywood novel, his Italian novel and his Pacific Northwestern novel all braided into one: an epic romance, tragicomic, invented and reported (Walter knows his “Cleopatra” trivia), magical yet hard-boiled (think García Márquez meets Peter Biskind), with chapters that encompass not just Italy in the ’60s and present-day Hollywood, but also Seattle and Britain and Idaho, plot strands unfolding across the land mines of the last half-century — an American landscape of vice, addiction, loss and heartache, thwarted careers and broken dreams. It is also a novel about love: amorous love, filial love, parental love and the deep, sustaining love of true friendship....

His balanced mixture of pathos and comedy stirs the heart and amuses as it also rescues us from the all too human pain that is the motor of this complex and ever-evolving novel. Any reservations the reader might have about another book about Hollywood, about selling one’s soul (or someone else’s, and pocketing the change) will probably be swept aside by this high-wire feat of bravura storytelling. Walter is a talented and original writer.
tilføjet af zhejw | RedigerNew York Times, Helen Schulman (Jul 6, 2012)
 
This novel is a standout not just because of the inventiveness of its plot, but also because of its language. Jess Walter is essentially a comic writer: Sometimes he's asking readers to laugh at the human condition; sometimes he's inviting us to just plain laugh.
tilføjet af zhejw | RedigerNPR, Maureen Corrigan (Jun 18, 2012)
 

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The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture for wild beasts to fight in.
- Voltaire, The Complete Letters
Cleopatra: I will not have love as my master.
Marc Antony: The you will not have love.
- from the 1963 disaster film Cleopatra
[Dick] Cavett's four great interviews with Richard Burton were done in 1980...Burton, fifty-four at the time, and already a beautiful ruin, was mesmerizing.
- 'Talk Story' by Louis Menand, The New Yorker, 22 November 2010
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The dying actress arrived in his village the only way one could come directly -- in a boat that motored into the cove, lurched past the rock jetty, and bumped against the end of the pier.
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But aren't all great quests folly? El Dorado and the Fountain of Youth and the search for intelligent life in the cosmos--we know what's out there. It's what Isn't that truly compels us....true quests aren't measured in time or distance anyway, so much as in hope. There are only two good outcomes for a quest like this, the hope of the serendipitous savant--sail for Asia and stumble on America--and the hope of scarecrows and tin men: that you find out you had the thing you sought all along. (p.428)
All we have is the story we tell. Everything we do, every decision we make, our strength, weakness, motivation, history, and character--...it's our story...Your parents don't get to tell your story. Your sisters don't....No one gets to tell you what your life means! (p.405-6)
...the more you lived the more regret and longing you suffered, that life was a glorious catastrophe... (p.416-7)
Some memories remain close; you can shut your eyes and find yourself back in them. These are first-person memories--I memories. But there are second person memories, too, distant you memories, and these are trickier: you watch yourself in disbelief... (p. 394)
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