Review: Beautiful Ruins

Beautiful Ruins
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can not think of one good reason why I put off reading this amazing book. I am so glad I finally read it. Through the intertwining lives of Pasquale Tursi, Dee Moray, Richard Burton, Claire Silver, Shane Wheeler, Alvis Bender, and Michael Deane, we are reinforced with the theme of this book, which is “We want what we want.”
We see irony of the life of Dee Moray as she is exiled to a remote part of Italy due to her having “cancer,” and how that one act leads to so many other occurrences.
This books is so gracefully written you don’t even notice the jumps back and forth through 40 some years of history. The characters are likable, except the ones you are meant to loathe. The flow is perfect without seeming painfully convoluted.
There were parts of the book where I found myself wondering what the relevance it had to the rest of the story because I needed to know right now what was happening, and then I kept reading and found that it just all makes sense in the grand picture.
This will be added to my list of books which I will recommend to my good friends who want to read a great book.

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