Beautiful Ruins

by Jess Walter



Pasquale is an insecure young man drifting dreamily through life in his small, Italian fishing village.  Dee Moray is an up-and-coming starlet on the set of Hollywood’s infamous epic, the Richard Burton and Liz Taylor vehicle, Cleopatra.  Pasquale and Dee would seem to have little in common, but in author Jess Walter’s capable hands, their journey from 1962 to the present is a fanciful treat.  Ruins isn’t perfect; there are passages that resemble an old Doris Day-Rock Hudson farce with contrived situations, but Walter’s hopscotching, time-traveling story is mostly funny, bittersweet, and wise.


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  1. Hollywood August 25, 2012 7:55 pm  Reply

    Book reviews!!! What has the world come to! ;-P

    • grouchyeditor August 26, 2012 9:15 am  Reply

      Next up: reviews of paintings from the Restoration era.

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