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Beautiful Ruins: A Novel de Jess Walter
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Beautiful Ruins: A Novel (original: 2012; edição: 2012)

de Jess Walter

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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.
Membro:laurakenna
Título:Beautiful Ruins: A Novel
Autores:Jess Walter
Informação:Harper (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 352 pages
Coleções:Lidos mas não possuídos
Avaliação:****
Etiquetas:bookclub

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Beautiful Ruins de Jess Walter (2012)

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I have very mixed feelings about this book. Overall, I find it a muddled mess. It jumps around from the present day to various points in the past, has a ton of extra plots and characters that don't add much to the story (Shane, Claire, that couple in London) and goes pretty far afield before it returns(We needed all of Shane's pitch?). The Richard Burton angle felt odd and any more of the loathsome Micheal Deane and I would have given up. But. But. There is just a glimmer there, a charm to some parts that made me keep going. There was a redeemable novel in there but there was alot of chaff as well.
  amyem58 | Jun 12, 2021 |
Walter's novel is not quite beautiful. The story is interesting enough, but the rapid fire shifting of time and place and perspective gave the book a spastic quality. The multitude of main characters also began to weigh down the simple love story and tribute to nostalgia. Walters seemed to be trying to wear too many hats (social commentator, Hollywood critic, "nostalgian," romantic, humorist, etc.) with his message and it was-- at times-- over-whelming. ( )
  mbellucci | Apr 10, 2021 |
This. Books like this are the reason I do these challenges every year. Reading out of my comfort zone, and being forced to look up new books that match these prompts, force me to find books that I would have overlooked. I adored this book and stayed up well past my bedtime last night to finish it off, which is something I don't do often since kids wake up early no matter what time I go to bed.
  ChelleBearss | Mar 15, 2021 |
Jess Walter did a great job weaving these characters and their stories together. ( )
  KimD66 | Mar 7, 2021 |
really easy to read.
occasionally very funny.
a few times shockingly misogynistic.

really easy to read.
didn't really have much to give beyond that. ( )
  mjhunt | Jan 22, 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.
adicionado por zhejw | editarPaste, 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.
adicionado por zhejw | editarNew 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.
adicionado por zhejw | editarNPR, 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.
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[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.
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