Beautiful Ruins

I’m late to the Beautiful Ruins party, but I enjoyed every minute of it! Jess Walter’s epic tale, of an almost affair between Pasquale, a struggling hotelier, and Dee, a beautiful actress in Cleopatra is mesmerizing. But it’s more than that, Beautiful Ruins is about life, and how those in our lives influence us, even if just for a moment. The story jumps between Pasquale and Dee, Richard Burton and Michael Deane, 1960s Italy and present day, traditional narrative and book excerpts, plays and screenplays. While it all sounds incredibly confusing (and it can be), the characters jump out from the pages, urging you continue and read their story.
“All we have is the story we tell. Everything we do, every decision we make, our strength, weakness, motivation, history, and character-what we believe-none of it is real; it’s all part of the story we tell. But here’s the thing: it’s our goddamned story!


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