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Book Club in a Box : Beautiful ruins, Jess Walter

Label
Book Club in a Box : Beautiful ruins
Title
Book Club in a Box
Title remainder
Beautiful ruins
Statement of responsibility
Jess Walter
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The story begins in 1962. 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 spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot, searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier. What unfolds is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning fifty years and nearly as many lives. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Walter introduces us to the tangled lives of a dozen unforgettable characters: the starstruck Italian innkeeper and his long-lost love; the heroically preserved producer who once brought them together and his idealistic young assistant; the army veteran turned fledgling novelist and the rakish Richard Burton himself, whose appetites set the whole story in motion, along with the husbands and wives, lovers and dreamers, superstars and losers, who populate their world in the decades that follow. Gloriously inventive, constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams
Summary
The award-winning author of The Financial Lives of the Poets presents his most romantic and enjoyable novel yet that follows a young Italian innkeeper and his almost-love affair with a beautiful American starlet, which draws him into a glittering world filled with unforgettable characters
Theme
Storyline
Tone
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Character
Award
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2012.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2012.
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2012.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10078927
Cataloging source
UKMGB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1965-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Walter, Jess
Dewey number
813
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Italy
  • Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Target audience
adult
Label
Book Club in a Box : Beautiful ruins, Jess Walter
Instantiates
Publication
Note
10 volumes, 3 information sheets (current terms and conditions, discussion questions, tips to run a book club) in a plastic tub with lid
Accompanying material
3 information sheets.
Control code
000051015759
Dimensions
in plastic box 42 x 30 x 22cm +
Extent
10 volumes (337, 12 pages, maps, 20 cm);
Isbn
9780670922659
System control number
(OCoLC)820779583
Label
Book Club in a Box : Beautiful ruins, Jess Walter
Publication
Note
10 volumes, 3 information sheets (current terms and conditions, discussion questions, tips to run a book club) in a plastic tub with lid
Accompanying material
3 information sheets.
Control code
000051015759
Dimensions
in plastic box 42 x 30 x 22cm +
Extent
10 volumes (337, 12 pages, maps, 20 cm);
Isbn
9780670922659
System control number
(OCoLC)820779583

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