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    DescriptionThe 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.


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    Title
    Beautiful Ruins
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jess Walter
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 237 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 508 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780061928123
    ISBN 10: 0061928127
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    DC21: 813.54
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: FIC
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11200
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    Libri: I-FC
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 60
    B&T Approval Code: A26453200
    LC subject heading: , ,
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000
    LC classification: PS3573.A4722834 B43 2012
    LC subject heading: ,
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers Inc
    Imprint name
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Publication date
    12 June 2012
    Review quote
    "A novel with pathos, piercing wit and, most important, the generous soul of a literary classic. . . . Walter has planted himself firmly in the first rank of American authors."--Boston Globe