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A beautiful ruin

March 30, 2014

Inspired to read Jess Walters’ 2012 book ‘Beautiful Ruins’, having just finished ‘The Financial Lives of Poets’, I wasn’t disappointed. The same elegant writing style leads one on a romp spanning decades – but yet it’s nothing like the traditional historical family sagas.

The story revolves around one elderly Italian man’s search for a special woman. He shows up on a movie studio’s back lot-searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier in 1962. As a young Italian, he was keeper of a remote inn he had big plans for,  and welcomed an American starlet to his establishment. But it appears she appeared by accident…or was it design? But design of what? Human or the universe?

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With surprising twists and turns, the plot is revealed; as are insights into human nature, which appears to be Walter’s forte. A good book which entertains and encourages one to reflect on one’s own life and choices.

– Tamara


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