Book Review – Beautiful Ruins

Book Review – Beautiful Ruins



Bender pondered the wine in his hand.  “A writer needs four things to achieve greatness, Pasquale:  desire, disappointment, and the sea.”

“That’s only three.”

Alvis finished his wine.  “You have to do disappointment twice.”


“Stories are people.  I’m a story,  you’re a story…your father is a story.Our stories go in every direction, but sometimes, if we are lucky, our stories join into one and, for a while, we are less alone.”

If, after reading those two quotes, you have no desire to read this book, I honestly don’t know what the heck is wrong with you.

Beautiful Ruins is a great story.  It has interesting  characters and it moves back and forth between stories and time periods pretty seamlessly.  Lots of authors can’t pull that off.

This is the story of a young Italian man, an American actress and Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor.

No, seriously.  Part of the story is set during the filming of Cleopatra.

It’s part love story, part coming of age novel, part Hollywood gossip stuff.  It’s just good.  Read it 🙂

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