Sunday, June 23, 2013

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters

In 2012, in 8th place for best fiction...
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter Synopsis: 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, Walter 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.    
Recommend for: Anyone that truly appreciates how broken we are and finds beauty in that. And beauty in life, regardless.

Hardcover / 337 Pages
June 12, 2012

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This book left me feeling like I'd been slapped in the face with a dose of reality. The characters are flawed, arrogant, self-absorbed, funny, deceitful, shy, and, mostly, beautiful. There was the right amount of disconnection from some characters - Michael Bane, that asshole.  And the right amount of adoration for others. Pasquel is one of my favorite characters that I have read about in a long time. Suffice to say, I was absolutely in love with him.

We are all people that had plans in our lives. Plans that worked, plans that didn't, plans that were more like metaphors to a cliff-dive towards Hell. Jess Walter seems to understand that on a level many authors will never achieve. His characters are not fluffy pieces of hormonally driven abscesses - although they do crave sex like any matured human. They are complex, beautiful, and...ruined.

This book will carry you across several characters struggles and the intricate webbing behind their elaborate connection. Also, on an upside, the cover is dashing.

Parts of this book left me broken. Therefore, when reading it again, I'd probably chose to do it on days that I felt analytical.

When it comes to Beautiful Ruins?

Buy It | Read It | Borrow It | Toss It | Burn It

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