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Beautiful Ruins (P.S.)
Beautiful Ruins - P.S.
Author: Jess Walter
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 dyin...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780061928178
ISBN-10: 0061928178
Publication Date: 3/26/2013
Pages: 352
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 132 ratings
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 5
This was one of the most enjoyable books I have read in a while. There were numerous plot lines but they all reconciled themselves by the end of the book. It brought together real people and fiction characters in a real and understandable way. You can't go wrong with this book.
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Helpful Score: 3
Couldn't get into this book. Read until page 80 and gave up! Boring.....
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Helpful Score: 2
I had trouble getting started with this book. It could not hold my interest, but I decided to complete it and I glad I did. Once all the people and places fell into place, it was a great read and captivated me completely. Did not end at all as I expected.
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Helpful Score: 1
I think that I liked this more than most I've talked to about this book. Yes, most of the characters were self-absorbed and a bit annoying at times but I found it a bit amusing when these characters collided getting in each others' way. "They deserved each other," I told my mother who was also reading this story and was finding their selfishness tiresome.

Though I understand why one might feel indignant toward these annoying people on behave of the few redeeming characters that found themselves hindered by the plethora of 'take, take, take...' personalities. I actually was pleased to see that the more likable characters simply moved on. They took the knocks, said, "to hell with this", and found a way step away on their own terms. It was refreshing.
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This was a good story and the author did a great job creating the characters which is important to me. I only gave it 3.5 stars because one of the main characters was not very likable. That is a distraction to me, and if you are more open minded than I am (or have a job that doesn't involve people who are struggling with addiction) you will likely enjoy the book a bit more than I did.

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