January 6, 2014

Beautiful Ruins, Jess Walter - January 27, 2014

We'll meet January 27 to discuss Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.  Location TBD.

Supplemental materials:
The book takes its title from Louis Menand’s New Yorker description of Richard Burton at 54. It takes its essence from Milan Kundera, in a passage about the elusiveness of the present moment. Yet not for nothing is “Cleopatra” the vortex of the novel: the great Hollywood debacle, the love story as train wreck, the project so crazy it made other, crazier projects look sensible by comparison. And yet it was a romance. Mr. Walter has built his book around “Cleopatra” as a monument to crazy love.