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The Beautiful and Damned (Modern Library) [Paperback]

F.Scott Fitzgerald
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1 Mar 2002 0375759646 978-0375759642 New edition
Since 1917 The Modern Library prides itself as The modern Library of the world s Best Books . Its paperback series feature treasured classics, major translations of great works, and rediscoveries of keen literary and historical merit. Featuring introductions by leading writers, stunning translations, scholarly endnotes and reading group guides. Production values emphasize superior quality and readability. Competitive prices, coupled with exciting cover design make these an ideal gift to be cherished by the avid reader. Fitzgerald s second novel, a devastating portrait of the excesses of the Jazz Age, is a largely autobiographical depiction of a glamorous, reckless Manhattan couple and their spectacular spiral into tragedy. Published on the heels of This Side of Paradise, the story of the Harvard-educated aesthete Anthony Patch and his willful wife, Gloria, is propelled by Fitzgerald s intense romantic imagination and demonstrates an increased technical and emotional maturity. The Beautiful and Damned is at once a gripping morality tale, a rueful meditation on love, marriage, and money, and an acute social document

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Modern Library Inc; New edition edition (1 Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375759646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375759642
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 14.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,914,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Though Fitzgerald can entrance with stories so joyfully youthful they appear to be safe when he cuts himself you will bleed --As Hortense Calisher observes in her Introduction

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Fitzgerald's jazz-age novel of squandered youth, destructive love and the glamour of 1920s New York. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY TOUCHING AND VERY WELL DONE 30 Jun 2009
By Heather Negahdar VINE VOICE
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"It is seven thirty on an August evening. The windows in the living room of the gray house are wide open patiently exchanging the tainted inner atmosphere of liquor and smoke for the fresh drowsiness of the late hot dusk. There are dying flower scents upon the air, so thin, so fragile, as to hint already of a summer laid away in time."

This is the story of a young couple Anthony and Gloria Patch living out their days to the hilt in New York City as they await the death of Anthony's grandfather, Adam Patch from whom they expect to inherit his massive fortune.

Gloria is a spoilt child from Kansas City turned into a sophisticated and most beautiful woman. Gloria does not intend to lift a finger to do any domestic work in the home, no matter how slight; while Anthony who considers himself an aesthete, finds it quite hard to get his act together and instead of buckling down to some work, prefers instead to hang with his wife and their friends on nightly binges. They drink and eat in the classiest restaurants and hotels, rent the most expensive apartments, travel out to the West in the spring time driving plush cars, wearing top-of-the-line clothing and just generally living it up high on the hog, as they wait.

Meet Maury Noble who is Anthony best friend who spends his time between New York and Philadelphia; Richard Caramel who has just completed writing a book and looking for new ideas for a second one. Joseph Bloeckman from Munich who started out small in America and is now a big shot in Show Biz. Also the quiet Jewess Rachael Barnes and Muriel Kane who is young, flirtatious and sometimes a bit too talkative and Tana the Japanese housekeeper of the Patches.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'Beautiful' writer in a 'Damned' era 11 Oct 2007
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F.Scott Fitzgerald is a writer of remarkable talent. His prose sparkles with a beauty that juxtaposes with his often tragic subject matter. 'The Beautiful and Damned' explores some of the issues that would plague his own career as a writer who never really managed to top the acclaim bestowed upon 'The Great Gatsby', a devastatingly beautiful and seminal piece of 20th century literature. 'The Beautiful and Damned' boasts an array of would-be writers, actresses and dancers whom epitomise an era of of vanity, excess and alcohol. But underneath the shiny veneer lurks the inner turmoil of Anthony's talent that is never successfully fulfilled and capricious Gloria's despair that her good looks cannot be maintained. Anthony's descent into alcohol and depression is truely heartbreaking, especially as it ironically peaks as both the main protagonists' bad luck is about to change. This is perhaps telling of the era that Fitzgerald evoked in lucid vitality with the hustle and bustle of fashion, jazz, and alcoholic delights, but at the same time viewed with cynicism. As Gloria bemoans that she cannot afford a much in vogue grey squirrel fur coat, and her husband self medicates with copious amounts of alcohol, Fitzgerald's prose exposes the subtle horrors of innocence lost to an era of excess.
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This bittersweet novel chronicles the misadventures of Anthony Patch, a rich, Harvard-educated doyen of New York dance halls and fashionable bars during what was later called the Jazz age. Anthony is blessed with good looks, intelligence and wit and stands to inherit a fortune from his crotchety grandfather, a one-time reformer and monomaniac whom old age has not mellowed.
Anthony, to his grandfather's disgust, chooses the life of a dilettante, or maybe it chooses him. Unable and unwilling to hold down any kind of job, his life revolves around drinking, dining and visits to his stockbroker. One day he meets the glorious Gloria Gilbert, a renowned but vacuous beauty, a kindred spirit, who will eventually accompany him on the road to ruin through the years which witnessed World War One and prohibition.
F Scott Fitzgerald writes with great insight and perception on the foibles of the extremely rich in New York society in the early twentieth century, partly because it was the section of society to which he belonged. The dialogue is crisp and crackling, the detail accurate and absorbing and the tone one of detached amusement. He shows an understanding of the futility, and an awareness of the cruelty of everyday life. The characters he creates are neither likeable nor detestable. They are products of their time, their age and their place in society, and are unable to escape those constraints.
I found this book delicious in its wry humour, poignant in its exploration of human frailty and unstinting in its subtle attacks on the so-called great and good. It was thoroughly enjoyable but self-consciously sad.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Evocative insight into a generation 19 Oct 2009
By LittleMoon TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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As the New York Herald Tribune noted in its obituary, Fitzgerald was both "prophet and interpreter" of an era, and readers will find The Beautiful and Damned mapping this familiar territory. Set during early 20th century America, moving into the "Jazz" Age as it came to be known, and peopled with characters who define themselves through their money and connections, through dinner parties and drinking binges, through beauty and youth; this novel is the epitome of Fitzgerald's tragic, lost generation.

The plot spends roughly a decade following the life of 20 year old Harvard graduate Anthony Patch, and his relationship with the young socialite Gloria Gilbert. They are an uproarious couple who luxuriate in time and money as though both are infinite: they are the talk of the town; Anthony for being the heir to the fortune of the great reformer "Cross" Patch, and Gloria for simply being beautiful. It's not long though before cracks begin to appear in their facade, and when a legal case Dickens would be proud of comes between Anthony and his fortune, their world comes under even greater pressure.

What Fitzgerald does beautifully is map the building up and breaking down of individuals by society and each other: with money and alcohol there to exacerbate. He also draws scenes exquisitely, describing such details as to make the reader suffer along with his characters - their embarrassments and debasements. Fitzgerald's prose is his crowning glory, dissecting characters and situations with an unrelenting and surgically precise lyrical splendour.

What's odd about this novel is the sections which Fitzgerald decides to write as though they were a drama to be performed on stage, complete with directions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I *heart* Fiztgerald
I love his writing, the detail, the slight disgust for women and anything that doesnt fit his ideal. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Is there a plot?
Sorry but I gave up on this one. At my age I don't have time to trawl through pages and pages of social comment
Published 4 months ago by Rob Hatcliff
4.0 out of 5 stars Damned if you do...
F.Scott Fitzgerald's reputation rests chiefly on his magnum opus - the irrepressible The Great Gatsby, however sometime before Gatsby came this novel - the tale of a pair of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Another classic from f scott fitzgerald - if you enjoyed the great gatsby then this is the book for you
Published 9 months ago by Maddie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I really didn't want to like the main characters in this book, but was compelled to follow them to the end. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Heather Keyes
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! An American classic.
It is many years since I last read F Scott Fitzgerald. I had forgotten just how well he used the language. I am amazed that he is American!
Published 10 months ago by John
3.0 out of 5 stars hard going
It's well written but somehow I'm beginning to lose interest in the characters and may well not bother to finish the book.
Published 10 months ago by S. M. Barnes
4.0 out of 5 stars on going insight into man
Fitzgerald maintains both period and present revelance in his observation of men and women placed in and forced to react to various events and situations
Published 12 months ago by Mrs Elisabeth Le Brocq
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review
This is an old and well known book by a very well known author. Recently released remake of the film has added the appeal to read the book. Very good read.
Published 12 months ago by elaine simkins
5.0 out of 5 stars the beautiful and damned
looking forward to reading this great book as i ordered other good books which i am reading one by one
Published 13 months ago by alan john cole
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