Monday, 1 December 2014

#Blog2BlogBC: Beautiful Ruins

Happy Monday, peeps.
I have to confess today to an epic co-host fail; I have only read 5% of this month's book,
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Goodreads description:
"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."

I am so sorry guys; life just seems to have gotten in the way of reading this month. The overall story wasn't too bad, what I did read, but I just didn't find time to read any more, even after we postponed the link up date until today. I'm so sorry to everyone who did read along and I'm super SUPER sorry to Kelly, who always hosts a great book club, which I superbly failed at this month :(

If you didn't epically fail this month and want to answer some questions about Beautiful Ruins, then click here and pick 3-5 questions you'd like to answer. Then link up with us so Kelly and I can read what you guys thought

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