Saturday, August 27, 2016

Beautiful Ruins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Italy in 1962 and present day Hollywood collide when Pasquale decides to find the actress who stayed at his secluded hotel when they were both younger.

First thoughts: I had a lot of fun reading this. Both timelines and the various characters in each one are well-crafted. There is a little bit of mystery, and lot of human emotion.

Favorite quotes:

"the whole world suddenly seemed so unlikely, our time in it so brief and dreamlike....Life, he thought, is a blatant act of imagination." -p13

"the smaller the space between your desire and what is right, the happier you will be." p304

"What business does memory have with time?" -p337

"And even if they don't find what they're looking for, isn't it enough to be out walking together in the sunlight?" -p337

Recommended for: travelers, lovers who've lost and found, or found and lost, wannabes, has-beens, chance-takers, and choice-makers.

Final thoughts: I loved all the different stories - and they were all pretty different from each other. I even enjoyed the different types of telling the stories: scripts, other "books," narrators, and authentic dialogue. A great addition to any vacation, or a perfect way to getaway without leaving your couch.

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