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Beautiful Ruins

July 2013 book selection

Beautiful Ruins

by Jess Walter

Let's Give 'Em Something To Talk About

July 2, 2013 | Vicki Lorini

Beautiful Ruins has been quite a read.  I enjoyed flipping back and forth between the 60s and present day. I really enjoyed seeing how almost all the characters evolved into likeable people, and I suppose having a good villain, a really despicable person adds spice to what I thought was a good story. 

Now we need to see how you felt.  What about the arc of the story and the writing qualities? How does Hollywood and the movie Cleopatra become a character in the book?  These questions and more will be answered Tuesday, July 9th when we meet for our face-to-face meeting in the Community Room at Capital Public Radio.  Hope to see you then.

Until then, as always, thanks for reading.

Are These Ruins Beautiful or Just Tragic?

June 26, 2013 | Vicki Lorini

What a story, and oh, these characters. How about that soliloquy by Richard Burton? I can already hear the buzz in the Community Room as we start the conversation about this book.

Who ARE these people?  Poor, poor Pasquale..but wait, what about his former beloved in Florence?  Poor Dee. What in the world has Michael Deane done to her, and that son of hers? Unbelievably disrespectul, don't you think? 

Jess Walter's book Beautiful Ruins, which is CapRadio Reads July title is an amazing book for a conversation.  The farther along in the book the reader gets, the more complicated the story and the people are.  What may have appeared to be a light summer read, about a glorious part of Italy is now a truly cinematic journey through time and through the hearts of our characters.  The twists and turns have started, but hold onto your hats, it gets better.

We hope you will be able to join us for our Face to Face meeting, Tuesday, July 9th at 6:30, in the Community Room at the Capital Public Radio studios.  Sign up right here on our website for a place at the table and be sure to go to the separate button and join the club, if you haven't already.  Club members get the first chance at tickets for our Face to Face meetings and for all our very special events at CapRadio Reads.  You'll always find an interesting conversation going on, here on our website and in the Community Room, so join us today.

As always. thanks for reading.

Life is a Blatant Act of Imagination...

June 19, 2013 | Vicki Lorini

Dee Moray arrives, as if directly from the sea, to the Hotel Adequate View.  This scene near the opening of the book, evokes a cinematic feeling that will carry us through till the end. 

In April 1962, Dee Moray, an actress from the film Cleopatra, which is being shot in Rome, arrives in Porto Vergogna, somewhere on the Italian Coast. Pasquale Tursi, owner of the "Hotel Adequate View" is there to greet her, and falls instantly in love , and "would remain in love with her for the rest of his life". How schmaltzy this COULD be, but isn't.  We do however, start to wonder what the title, Beautiful Ruins, is really referring to. 

We immediately move to the present in the second chapter, meeting Michael Deane,  Claire and more of Walter's unique characters.  We know they are all tied together and, as if it were a movie, can't break away to go buy popcorn until we know how and why. 

This novel is reminding me of seeing "Cleopatra" in New York at Radio City Music Hall with my Aunt.....I HAd to buy the program to read all about it.  Now I have the scoop on what was happening backstage.

Hope you are enjoying the book and I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

As always, thanks for reading.

Our July Book Selection Is Beautiful Ruins

June 10, 2013 | Vicki Lorini

Jess Walter's Beautiful Ruins is a remarkable, witty, lush entertainment. Our July read will leave you wanting more from this talented author, whose book will make for hours of reading pleasure and a fascinating conversation for us.

We will find ourselves back in the Community Room at the Capital Public Radio studios for our July Face to Face book discussion.  I think you will find our selection,Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter a departure from our selections so far.  In this book, which has achieved huge accolades from all book reviewing sources, you will find fun and loveable characters, interesting settings and most of all a really sweeping story with tremendous emotional impact.  While reading the book, I think you will feel the cinematic qualities of the writing, and not just because both Liz Taylor and Richard Burton do make cameo appearances.  How can you not love a book that has as a major setting, a hotel whose name when translated from the Italian is "Hotel Adequate View." 

We look forward to seeing you, at 6:30pm on July 9th in the Community Room at the studios of Capital Public Radio. You may sign up for this event by clicking on the Eventbrite Button on the main CapRadio Reads Webpage. As always, please do this soon. Our space is very limited for these Face to Face events and are always a sell out.  I look forward very much to this conversation.

As always, thanks for reading.