The Resource Beautiful ruins : a novel, Jess Walter

Beautiful ruins : a novel, Jess Walter

Label
Beautiful ruins : a novel
Title
Beautiful ruins
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Jess Walter
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A novel that spans fifty years. The Italian housekeeper and his long-lost American starlet; the producer who once brought them together, and his assistant. A glittering world filled with unforgettable characters. 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, the author 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, this is a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams
Summary
The story of an almost-love affair that begins on the Italian coast in 1962 ... and is rekindled in Hollywood fifty years later, featuring an Italian housekeeper and his long-lost American starlet, the producer who once brought them together, and his assistant
Theme
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2012.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2012.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2012.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10078927
Cataloging source
POT
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1965-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Walter, Jess
Dewey number
813/.54_a[Fic]_223
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3573.A4722834
LC item number
B43 2012
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Book club kit
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Hotelkeepers
  • Motion picture actors and actresses
  • Americans
  • Italy
  • Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
  • Secrets
  • Americans
  • Hotelkeepers
  • California
  • Motion picture actors and actresses
  • Italy
Target audience
adult
Label
Beautiful ruins : a novel, Jess Walter
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A novel that spans fifty years. The Italian housekeeper and his long-lost American starlet; the producer who once brought them together, and his assistant. A glittering world filled with unforgettable characters
Control code
ocn794856577
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
337 pages
Isbn
9780062668684
Lccn
2011279056
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)794856577
Label
Beautiful ruins : a novel, Jess Walter
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A novel that spans fifty years. The Italian housekeeper and his long-lost American starlet; the producer who once brought them together, and his assistant. A glittering world filled with unforgettable characters
Control code
ocn794856577
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
337 pages
Isbn
9780062668684
Lccn
2011279056
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)794856577

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