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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 01 edition (30 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067092265X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670922659
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 165 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Just about the perfect summer read. It is intelligent and thought-provoking, but also a lot of fun. Reading hours fly by and reaching the final page feels like a genuine wrench (Sunday Times)

Ambitious, large-hearted, exhilarating novel that leaves you wanting more . . . Very, very funny (The Times)

Beautiful Ruins is a novel unlike any other you're likely to read this year (Nick Hornby)

Romantic, very funny...Turbo-charged satire meets a Garcia Marquezesque love story. What's not to like? (Daily Mail)

Walter creates an epic here - one that took him 15 years to write. The end result, however, is well worth the wait (Observer)

A sparkling summer read (Telegraph)

Thoroughly enjoyable, a tender, funny, ridiculous tale which has love at its core and a keen satirical edge to cut through the lovely, lush romanticism (Sunday Express)

You're going to love this book (New York Times Book Review)

A brilliant, madcap meditation on fate (Kirkus Reviews)

A novel shot in sparkly Technicolor (Booklist)

The beach read of the summer (Vogue)

Hilarious and compelling (Esquire)

Magic. Walter is a believer in capricious destiny with a fine, freewheeling sense of humour . . . A monument to crazy love with a deeply romantic heart (New York Times)

Poignant, comical and marvellous (San Francisco Chronicle)

Larger-than-life characters, billowy romance and crafty satire ... Any book that includes Richard Burton as a character is fine by us (Esquire)

Cinematic and utterly romantic . . . the big beach read for summer (Sunday Times)

My absolute favourite read this year (Nick Curtis Evening Standard 'Books of the Year')

A bravura feat (Peter Kemp Sunday Times 'Books of the Year')

The beach read of 2013 (Grazia 'Books of the Year')

Think Il Postino with a walk-on part for a comically drunk Richard Burton (Peter Brookes The Times 'Books of the Year')

Walter's account of the filming of the Burton/Taylor classic Cleopatra is a playful imagining of emotional history and hidden lives just out of view. Be warned, this is a novel that may make any festive guests somewhat anti-social as I read it in two days flat (Olivia Cole GQ 'Books of the Year')

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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

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