Beautiful Ruins - Jess Walter

Beautiful Ruins

By Jess Walter

  • Release Date - Published: 2012-06-12
  • Book Genre: Literary
  • Author: Jess Walter
Our rating: 5/5 stars

4 Score: 4 (From 1,027 Ratings)

Beautiful Ruins Jess Walter read online review & book 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: the story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 . . . and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later.  

“Why mince words? Beautiful Ruins is an absolute masterpiece.” —Richard Russo

“A ridiculously talented writer.” —New York Times

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  • Interesting story

    5
    By Jobo238
    The story started off a little slow & confusing, so I put the book down for awhile. But when I re-started it, it really picked up. Turned out to be a very moving, sad, touching story of lost love, mixed lives and missed chances. I very much enjoyed the ending & am glad I didn't give up on it! Enjoy!
  • Beautiful Ruins

    1
    By jmholland520
    This book was terrible!!!
  • Positively brilliant

    5
    By hollace12
    I loved every twist and turn of this delicious book, and may reread it immediately to make sure I've captured every morsel!
  • Beautiful Beautiful Ruins

    5
    By Drazowsky
    This is a book that flows, a book that's about water and time and love and ruins. It's about shifting time and the timelessness of relationships and love. Jess Walter gently carries you across boundaries both geographical and metaphorical. His characters are all beautiful, true, honest, and flawed. Yes, the makings for a great foundation for a wonderful novel. Oh, it's good.
  • Lighthearted Fun

    4
    By Emmet Aloysius
    An enjoyable read from Walter with interesting characters and comical situations throughout. I am looking forward to reading more of his books...EAF
  • Didn’t like the Writing

    1
    By Mac-Chick
    Based on the book synopsis this should have been a book I'd love. Unfortunately, I didn't like the writing style and so the book failed to lure me in and I couldn't wait to finish it. The writing style is a bit cheesy for me with all the predictable Hollywood mumbo jumbo and stereotypes. I did like the character Pasquale, and if this had been a story through his eyes, it might have been a worthwhile story.
  • Beautiful Ruins

    5
    By Poo-b
    Love it! My first book from Jess Walker...but I'm so impressed. Amazing Talent! Fantastic ability to develop characters...and at the perfect pace ( not rushed). The story obviously builds wonderfully with every turn of page , but the real beauty is how we keep learning so much more about the characters, even very late in the story (their unique personals sues, and regrets...derived from the decisions they've made, and lived with for decades). And the fast paced rumblings of Richard Burton are nothing short of brilliant.
  • Best I've read in years

    5
    By joe.marciano
    Simply a great story. If you grew up in the 60's, you should love it.
  • Ms

    5
    By Cathietk
    Excellent. Want to read it again. Superior.
  • Beautiful Ruins

    5
    By Wonderful Ruins
    I first heard of this book when The Miami Herald named it one of the top books of 2012. I bought the book when I saw the cover and was instantly reminded of the Ligurean coast. I recommend this book because it is delightful, thoughtful and fascinating. I hope one day to return to Italy and though I know Porto Vergogna does not exist, I may still look for it.. Thank you Jess Walter.

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