UNABRIDGED EDITION Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald 1896 1940 was an American author of novels and short stories whose works are the paradigmatic writings of the Jazz Age He is considered a member of the Lost Generation of the 1920sFirst published in 1922 The Beautiful and the Damned tells the story of Harvard educated aspiring aesthete Anthony Patch and his beautiful and indolent wife Gloria As they await the inheritance of his grandfather's fortune their reckless marriage sways under the influence of alcohol and avarice A devastating look at the nouveau riche and New York nightlife as well as the ruinous effects of wild ambition This novel achieved stature as one of Fitzgerald's most accomplished novelsThis brilliant novel is a must read of classic literature and will delight readers of all agesEnjoy another best seller by F Scott Fitzgerald in a beautiful book series This Side of Paradise edited by Atlantic Editions


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    I can't think of any writer other F Scott Fitzgerald that has had such of a yo yo effect on me I thought 'Gatsby' was the real deal 'This Side of Paradise' I gave up on some of his short stories left a big impression on me whereas 'Tender Is the Night' felt like a bit of a mess I put this down to his personal life which wasn't exactly plain sailing 'The Beautiful and Damned' sits comfortably in between this lot lounged in the Ritz carlton to be precise With a cigarette in one hand and a cocktail glass in the other not worrying about the tab at least for nowRegardless of how I perceived much of his work one thing about him does stands out he WAS the voice of a generation My first experience with Fitzgerald was something completely new like tasting champagne for the first time or putting on an expensive suit The whole experience was plush sensuous and dazzling Although I didn't think the story here was that great his writing at least felt less floppy and tightly focused not too far off Gatsby standard Written during the golden age of jazz his second novel looks at the rise and fall of young couple Anthony Patch and Gloria Gilbert through their first meeting courtship and marriage Like with all Fitzgerald's characters they are complex when it comes to relationships and draws comparisons to the problems of himself and wife Zelda At the core of it's story along with the couple is money and the problems of overspending or living beyond ones means Antony Gloria live the high life spending well at every opportunity but eventually realizing their funds are dwindling This is where Antony's ever so rich grandfather comes into play he hopes to get his hands on a large fortune as Inheritance but to his dismay is not written into the will the couple start to feel the strain With their bank balances and each otherIt is a novel not of disillusion but of decay What happens to the kind of people that Anthony and Gloria are has happened to the same kind of people over and over again In our foolish optimism our pride and certainty in progress we like to forget that disintegration is a competing and often victorious force And so when we see signs of something uncommonly like it in the young generation we think it has never happened before the setting changes of course but since Fitzgerald has described our modern setting with its prohibition parties socialites and promiscuous kissing in such magnanimous detail we are apt to think that because the scenery is startling the scenario is a new oneAnthony Patch is built up in pages which while blazing with clever irony do not give us a picture of him in three dimensions Later we find him using that mixture of standing aside and telling us what he says and does and acting as his intimate psychological confidant which often betrays Within rather large limits Anthony is clear but clear as a type rather than a person The most telling accounts of him while real could also seem real of other persons quite different from him in other ways Gloria admirably sharp and witty at first deliquesces and loses her personality as Fitzgerald grows intimate with her until toward the end we find her speaking very little as problems start to mount She too broadens into a person with too many characteristics which other characters could share with her and still be differential The treatment of the two of them leaves the curious impression that Fitzgerald was at first inside Anthony's head before gradually exchanging positions Also minor characters written about actually felt sharper than that of Antony and Gloria even though in the novel they are limited to scenes here and there There is the very small allowance for tenderness and proper love here and even less of pity contained within there is a lot of hatred and boiled over arguments that I guess goes with the territory It's lively with epigrams so many that one half suspects that their origin is less in a perpetually ironic state of mind than in a facility and joy in turning them out He did get the fine line of using enough energy and weariness spot on in all the right places and I really liked the last 30 or so pages but the couple I seemed to love one minute and semi despised the next Had they lived in the 21st century they would have racked up huge debts on twenty credit cards whilst both having about five on line affairs apiece Well written with some great moments but over all it just lacked that something extra355 minus the tip