Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Beautiful Ruins

Beautiful Ruins
by: Jess Walter

Should you read it?: Maybe
...if you're looking for a love story that spans a lifetime.
Category: Adult

I enjoyed this one. It didn't knock my socks off or anything, but it was a great story and I liked seeing the before (in the 1960's) and the after (currently) and seeing how everyone's lives were changed and affected by this one chance meeting of these 2 people. It is about an American actress in the 60's who has a part in the Liz Taylor Cleopatra movie when it was filmed in Italy. She ends up at this little hotel on this tiny island called Porto Vergogna and she meets the hotel owner, Pasquale Tursi. The story immediately jumps to present day and you're following the life of this movie producer who was somehow involved in the whole thing. As it goes back and forth between the past and the present, you learn how the story unfolds.

Things I liked:
The cover! I know that sounds silly, but I just wanted to look at it every time I picked up the book.

I liked the story of Pasquale and Dee Moray. Their storyline was definitely my favorite through the whole thing.

I was interested in the way they weaved film-making into the whole book. You've got actors, producers, screenwriters, artists and you're seeing how their lives intertwine. It was fun to read about Liz Taylor & Richard Burton, too.

I liked the ending. I got a little lost in the middle with all the people, but I did like the way it wrapped up.

Things I didn't:
There were some storylines I just didn't really care for. I will say that there are a lot of characters in this and we go in depth into more people's lives than I really expected when it first started. I had a hard time following some of them and some of them I just didn't like even though it seemed like the author wanted you to like them (Alvis Bender was like this for me).

Overall: It's definitely a beautiful read about how our lives and stories come together through all of our ups and downs.

Book 38 of 50

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