I read this book and thought it was delightful, very witty and critically relevant. How so? as the title paradoxically suggests the novel it a little bit absurd and a little bit realistic. Beautiful ruins conquers up the glamor of the movie industry by having Richard Burton escaping from the set of Cleopatra to meet his lover in a land locked coastal town in Italy. This backdrop is contrasted with a present day situation in which Claire Silver battles her wits in a job she dislikes and likes as a development assistant for a movie producer. Burton’s lover is called Dee Moray, and when she turns up at the hotel Adequate view everything in the hotel and out changes. A rational and fatalistic novel, dreamy and accepting like the title says, the novel depicts beautifully ruined lives that we all somehow lead.