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text 2017-04-18 13:31
11th April 2017
Tender Is the Night - F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Beautiful and Damned - F. Scott Fitzgerald

Angry, and half in love with her, and tremendously sorry, I turned away.


F. Scott Fitzgerald


April 11, 1925: The Great Gatsby was published to mixed reviews and poor sales. Other titles that F. Scott Fitzgerald considered: Trimalchio in West Egg, Gold-Hatted Gatsby, and The High-Bouncing Lover.

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review 2015-08-19 03:58
The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Mini Review
The Beautiful and Damned - F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Beautiful and the Damned is the story of Anthony and Gloria Patch, young, indolent, alcoholic trust fund babies, spending their lives drifting, waiting for Grandfather Patch to kick it and hand over the cash. Fitzgerald meshes different writing styles throughout the book, which is a bit discombobulating, to be quite honest. The dialogue is bright and sparkly though, and keeps things moving for the most part. There's a very cinematic vibe to the whole thing and it was easy to imagine Robert Taylor or a young Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert or Myrna Loy sparking off one another. Mostly I found the book boring with a vague undertone of nastiness, like Fitzgerald was airing his dirty laundry about his own domestic situation. Anthony's jabs at Gloria (the original manic pixie dream girl) feel like pokes at Zelda. Also the inherent racism is just gross. Not my favourite read. 

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text 2014-07-09 09:57
A Book a Day - Day 9
The Beautiful and Damned - F. Scott Fitzgerald



I'm nominating a couple for today's task: Anthony and Gloria Patch.


Both characters are such a waste of space that only a few chapters into the book the only thing that kept me reading on was that I very badly wanted to see them fail.

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review 2014-03-23 00:00
The Beautiful and Damned
The Beautiful and Damned - F. Scott Fitzgerald OMG all these people did was give me a headache. What was their point to being alive? I really don't know.
Sometimes they seemed naive, sometimes bored, sometimes lazy, sometimes lost, sometimes spoiled, sometimes crazy...the list goes on.
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review 2014-01-18 15:39
"The Beautiful and Damned" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Beautiful and Damned - F. Scott Fitzgerald

The only other books I've read by F. Scott Fitzgerald, prior to this one, are The Great Gatsby and Tender Is the Night. Both are wonderful, especially The Great Gatsby.

The Beautiful and Damned has many pointers to the greatness that was to follow just three years later with the publication ofThe Great Gatsby 

Unlike The Great Gatsby, this is long and sprawling novel and that is its great weakness. Some judicious editing might have resulted in another masterpiece. The Beautiful and Damnedexplores luxury's disappointment, and the corrupting and corrosive power of money. The couple at the heart of the story have it all and yet conspire to end the story as utterly broken and tragic.

As anyone who has already F. Scott Fitzgerald would expect, there is some stunning writing here and the book beautifully evokes the monied social milieu of the East Coast of the 1920s. 

The Beautiful and Damned is worth reading - but read The Great Gatsby first. 


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