Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

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I've wanted to read this book ever since I first saw the cover and it was just as good, better even, then I thought it would be based on that skimpy criteria.  This is the kind of book I love.  Lots of intertwined characters jumping  back and forth through time from 1960's Italy to present day Hollywood.   It begins on the coast of Italy at the Hotel Adequate View as the proprietor Pasquale's life is changed by the arrival of beautiful American actress, Dee Moray, who is in Italy to film Cleopatra.  What follows are stories of love in many incarnations involving the friends and relations of Pasquale and Dee, including Richard Burton who is amusingly portrayed as an boozy narcissist. Check Our Catalog

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