March 13, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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This book was the top choice in our poll, almost unanimous!!!
This story is told in chapters that go back and forth in time, starting in 1962
in a little Italian coastal town named Porto Vergogna (Port Shame.) Here we are
introduced to a young man named Pasquel who's family owns the only small hotel
in the village, the name of which translates to The Hotel Adequate View.
Pasquale has big plans to make his village competitive with the successful
coastal communities nearby and attract more tourists. The only American tourist
who has visited the hotel before is a man named Alvis Bender, who comes every
year for two weeks to work on a book - a book for which he has only written one
But when a young beautiful actress named Dee Moray arrives to
stay at The Hotel Adequate View, everything changes. As the book progresses we
find out what happened to these characters over time and how their lives and the
lives of so many others were changed as well.
The other main characters
include Claire Silver, a young, impassioned but disillusioned development
assistant for a man named Michael Deane, who is an older and successful and
legendary film producer. We also meet a young man named Shane Wheeler who wants
to make a pitch about a movie about the Donner Party. Add to the mix an
incredibly amusing and odd cast of characters both from the past and present.
And did I mention Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor?