I loved how this novel switched from person to person, from past to present, until all the threads gradually wove together into a beautiful, colourful tapestry of people and events.
The novel gave us glimpses of many different eras: Italy during and after the war, Hollywood in its new decadence, 1960's glamour starring Richard Burton and Liz Taylor, not to mention the life of a musician on tour in Edinburgh...
If you enjoy a mysterious journey, and a format of seemingly unrelated short stories, blending into a majestic ending... read this book!
yes, the narrator effortlessly moved from 1962 Italy to the present Hollywood, from the wwII years to the UK of the 80's
Actually, the closing scene, when the two main characters, now old and sick return to the village
No, it was easy to stop, but nice to know it was waiting for you
A most original story, beautifully and simply written...most satisfying
Developed, visually rich
Richard Burton, as his drunk self
The fist fight between hotel owners on the dock
This book stuck with me several days after finishing it. I think I will listen to it again because more details will become evident to me sooner. A wonderful story!
I expected an entertaining diversion but did not anticipate getting so caught up in the lives of these interesting but flawed characters. Beautifully read by Eduardo Ballerini. I found myself replaying Jess Walter's beautifully written observations and descriptions. Time and credits well spent.
It started off slow. I was confused at first by so many characters and time lines. But once I got into it, I was hooked! It was a truly great read.
Dee. She was a smart character.
I cried at the end.
Not much of anything. While at first it was kind of hard to see where the story was going, it came together nicely.
The finish. I had a very good feeling at the end.
The return to Italy.
No follow up. It was wrapped up in a very good manner.
A story of the ruthlessness of some people in hollywood in 1960's. A journey in the characters lives and how life makes many turns through that journey.
A lovely story spanning the ages and continents. Swept me into their world. Would recommend highly.
I thoroughly enjoyed Edoardo Ballerini's performance. He musical voice nailed all the characters and I couldn't wait to get back to the story. I will listen to him again.