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Beautiful Ruins


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Jess Walter has written four novels, most recently The Zero which was shortlisted for the National Book Award. He lives in Spokane, Washington with his family.


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 * 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? * Daily Mail *
Walter creates an epic here - one that took him 15 years to write. The end result, however, is well worth the wait * Observer *
A sparkling summer read * Telegraph *
Thoroughly enjoyable, a tender, funny, ridiculous tale which has love at its core and a keen satirical edge to cut through the lovely, lush romanticism * Sunday Express *
You're going to love this book * New York Times Book Review *
A brilliant, madcap meditation on fate * Kirkus Reviews *
A novel shot in sparkly Technicolor * Booklist *
The beach read of the summer * Vogue *
Hilarious and compelling * Esquire *
Magic. Walter is a believer in capricious destiny with a fine, freewheeling sense of humour . . . A monument to crazy love with a deeply romantic heart * New York Times *
Poignant, comical and marvellous * San Francisco Chronicle *
Larger-than-life characters, billowy romance and crafty satire ... Any book that includes Richard Burton as a character is fine by us * Esquire *
Cinematic and utterly romantic . . . the big beach read for summer * Sunday Times *
My absolute favourite read this year -- Nick Curtis * Evening Standard 'Books of the Year' *
A bravura feat -- Peter Kemp * Sunday Times 'Books of the Year' *
The beach read of 2013 * Grazia 'Books of the Year' *
Think Il Postino with a walk-on part for a comically drunk Richard Burton -- Peter Brookes * The Times 'Books of the Year' *
Walter's account of the filming of the Burton/Taylor classic Cleopatra is a playful imagining of emotional history and hidden lives just out of view. Be warned, this is a novel that may make any festive guests somewhat anti-social as I read it in two days flat -- Olivia Cole * GQ 'Books of the Year' *

An elderly Italian man searches for the American actress he saw 50 years earlier during the filming of the movie Cleopatra. Walter (The Financial Lives of the Poets) portrays an incredibly complex chronicle of contemporary American life in a global world in this descriptive novel of love, hope, greed, careers, and life. Edoardo Ballerini's (2012 Audie Award, The Land of Laughs) ease with the Italian language and his ability to mimic the speech of Americans uncomfortable with the tongue add to the ambiance and credibility while also pulling listeners into the story. Ballerini's calm, quiet tone and realistic yet varied male and teen voices allow listeners to discriminate easily among characters. VERDICT Highly recommended. ["The pop culture references and wistful tone will please Nick Hornby fans and build Walter's following. Not to be missed," read the review of the Harper hc, LJ 4/1/13.-Ed.]-Laurie Selwyn, formerly with Grayson Cty. Law Lib., Sherman, TX (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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