Walter, Jess Beautiful Ruins: A Novel

ISBN 13: 9780062330543

Beautiful Ruins: A Novel

3.68 avg rating
( 121,027 ratings by GoodReads )
 
9780062330543: Beautiful Ruins: A Novel

The No. 1 New York Times Bestseller Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins is a gorgeous, glamorous novel set in 1960s Italy and a modern Hollywood studio. The story begins in 1962. Somewhere on a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and views an apparition: a beautiful woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an American starlet, he soon learns, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away in Hollywood, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot searching for the woman he last saw at his hotel fifty years before. Gloriously inventive, funny, tender and constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a novel full of fabulous and yet very flawed people, all of them striving towards another sort of life, a future that is both delightful and yet, tantalizingly, seems just out of reach. "Magic...A monument to crazy love with a deeply romantic heart". (New York Times). "A novel shot in sparkly Technicolor". (Booklist). "Hilarious and compelling". (Esquire). "Beautiful Ruins is a novel unlike any other you're likely to read this year". (Nick Hornby, The Believer). Jess Walter is the author of the National Book Award finalist The Zero and the Edgar Award-winning Citizen Vince. His previous book The Financial Lives of the Poets was published in the UK by Penguin.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Product Description:

The acclaimed, award-winning author of the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets returns with his funniest, most romantic, and most purely enjoyable novel yet. Hailed by critics and loved by readers of literary and historical fiction, Beautiful Ruins is the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962...and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later. 

Review:

Adriana Trigiani Reviews Beautiful Ruins

Beautiful Ruinsis a glorious read for book lovers. From the moment you pick up the novel, it conjures a world that you long to enter. The teal-blue Ligurian Sea laps against a jagged coastline filled with candy-colored houses and open windows. At first glance, you’re dying to get inside those houses and find out what’s going on.

You needn’t worry. Jess Walter has written a sumptuous epic about the real people who make art, spinning illusion for fun, profit, and meaning. There are screen actors, a novelist, and Pasquale, an innkeeper, who keeps his patrons fed and watered on homemade wine and dreams. Among all the shimmer and hope are the lost souls who long to create something, anything. And just as Jess Walter introduces us to these characters, he follows them for fifty years. The journey will delight and captivate you.

You will be crushed when the novelist, Alvis, tracks down a woman whom he believed saved him in his youth, only to take a long walk down a dark hallway into a room where everything he believes and all his hopes shatter in one exchange. Jess Walter can break your heart in one conversation.

If you love the ancient charms of the Italian coast on the Ligurian Sea, if you long for Edinburgh and its cold rain and distant hot sun, and if you love stories of the dream factory that is Hollywood, you will not be able to part from this book until you are finished reading it. Even then, for months afterward, you’ll keep it close so you can reread a passage here and there that moved you.

It’s all here, the illusion and reality, the joy and the shame of the creative life, of life itself. The ingenue Dee, the producer Michael, and the D-girl Claire take you into the world of making movies, the expectations and disappointments, and in an ingenious turn, the author pins the hem of the action with real Hollywood stars, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, who are engaging in a drama of their own in Rome.

Jess Walter has quietly and expertly built a career over six novels that puts him at the forefront of great American writers. Beautiful Ruins is the emerald among the pearls.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Buy New View Book
List Price: US$ 8.99
US$ 8.01

Convert Currency

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.

Destination, Rates & Speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Walter, Jess
Published by Harper, United States (2014)
ISBN 10: 0062330543 ISBN 13: 9780062330543
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper, United States, 2014. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 170 x 106 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. The acclaimed, award-winning author of the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets returns with his funniest, most romantic, and most purely enjoyable novel yet. Hailed by critics and loved by readers of literary and historical fiction, Beautiful Ruins is the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962.and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later. Bookseller Inventory # LIB9780062330543

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.01
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Walter, Jess
ISBN 10: 0062330543 ISBN 13: 9780062330543
New Quantity Available: 14
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97800623305430000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.02
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Walter, Jess
ISBN 10: 0062330543 ISBN 13: 9780062330543
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller
GreatBookPrices
(Columbia, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 21219996-n

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 5.87
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.64
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Walter, Jess
Published by Harper, United States (2014)
ISBN 10: 0062330543 ISBN 13: 9780062330543
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper, United States, 2014. Paperback. Book Condition: New. 170 x 106 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. The acclaimed, award-winning author of the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets returns with his funniest, most romantic, and most purely enjoyable novel yet. Hailed by critics and loved by readers of literary and historical fiction, Beautiful Ruins is the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962.and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later. Bookseller Inventory # LIB9780062330543

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.53
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Walter, Jess
Published by Harper (2014)
ISBN 10: 0062330543 ISBN 13: 9780062330543
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Book Deals
(Lewiston, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper, 2014. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service!. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0062330543

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 10.37
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Walter, Jess
Published by Harper 2014-06-01 (2014)
ISBN 10: 0062330543 ISBN 13: 9780062330543
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper 2014-06-01, 2014. Book Condition: New. Brand new book, sourced directly from publisher. Dispatch time is 24-48 hours from our warehouse. Book will be sent in robust, secure packaging to ensure it reaches you securely. Bookseller Inventory # NU-LBR-01285118

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 6.69
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.70
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Walter, Jess
ISBN 10: 0062330543 ISBN 13: 9780062330543
New Quantity Available: 2
Seller
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Publisher/Verlag: HarperCollins US | A Novel | Jess Walter's absolute masterpiece (Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize-winning author): the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 and resurfaces fifty years later in contemporary Hollywood | The acclaimed, award-winning author of the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets returns with his funniest, most romantic, and most purely enjoyable novel yet. Hailed by critics and loved by readers of literary and historical fiction, Beautiful Ruins is the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962.and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later. | Format: Paperback | Language/Sprache: english | 173 gr | 169x105x21 mm | 352 pp. Bookseller Inventory # K9780062330543

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.40
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.36
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Walter, Jess
Published by Harper Collins Publ. USA Apr 2014 (2014)
ISBN 10: 0062330543 ISBN 13: 9780062330543
New Taschenbuch Quantity Available: 2
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Collins Publ. USA Apr 2014, 2014. Taschenbuch. Book Condition: Neu. 172x105x30 mm. Neuware - The acclaimed, award-winning author of the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets returns with his funniest, most romantic, and most purely enjoyable novel yet. Hailed by critics and loved by readers of literary and historical fiction, Beautiful Ruins is the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962.and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later. 337 pp. Englisch. Bookseller Inventory # 9780062330543

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 9.36
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 12.85
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Walter, Jess
Published by Harper Collins USA
ISBN 10: 0062330543 ISBN 13: 9780062330543
New paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Collins USA. paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9780062330543

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.82
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.57
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Walter, Jess
Published by Harper (2014)
ISBN 10: 0062330543 ISBN 13: 9780062330543
New Mass Market Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper, 2014. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0062330543

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 25.93
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book