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F. Scott Fitzgerald, Short Stories

1 December 2011 2,392 views No Comment

I found this little book hanging around the flat and devoured it one evening with a bottle of red (I think Fitzy would have appreciated that).
It’s a compilation put together for The Daily Telegraph that includes: Babylon Revisited, The Cut-Glass Bowl, The Lost Decade.
Fitzgerald is a master at firing your senses for a decadent, glittering lifestyle, fanning your interest with mysterious, sexy relationships and then drowning the whole illusion with disappointment, decay and wantonness. His conclusions don’t sizzle they just fade out. Reading Fitzgerald can only educate you on the wastefulness of human nature, on the consequences of things left undone, on the danger of indecision. He’s the 20th century McEwan.
So, therein, you can imagine I was delighted to have ‘wasted’ a whole evening horizontal learning about wastefulness. Still, I reassured myself, at least it wasn’t another evening horizontal watching the Sponge Bob Square Pants movie (!) or out on the sauce, for, according to Babylon Revisited’s Charlie, “In the little hours of the night every move from place to place was an enormous human jump, an increase of paying for the privilege of slower and slower motion.”

With thanks to the glorious University of Adelaide and eBooks@Adelaide

Lay it on me... is this neat or nerd..??

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