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on 7 March 2017
Wonderful. Funny. And, it seems to me, very accurate. If there just was one additional element ... a love interest maybe or landlady ... it would make a terrific TV series. But as it stands, it's a teffific collection of short stories. And I'll settle for that.
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on 10 December 2011
Granted how good the best of Scott Fitzgerald is, I was anxious to read The Pat Hobby Stories as well. I knew, of course, that they reflected his period in Hollywood. But having read them, I have to say that they are very slackly written, and throw nothing like the same light on Hollywood as, say, William Goldman's books. They don't have any great style, or insights, or surprises.
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on 2 November 2016
Great
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on 5 October 2017
Needed for compilation of a course reading list. Delivered promptly. Remarkably inexpensive. Thank you.
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on 12 April 2001
Surely an icon in the annals of American literature, F. Scott Fitzgerald produced a body of work which epitomized the Roaring Twenties. It has been said that his dominant influences were "aspiration, literature, Princeton, Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, and alcohol." Nonetheless, his writing possesses an urgency, a bite, unrivaled by his peers.
Collected in this superb audio are nine of his early stories performed by accomplished actors. Broadway/film actress Blythe Danner reads "Bernice Bobs Her Hair," a narrative inspired by a lengthy letter Fitzgerald wrote to his younger sister, Annabel, in which he offered advice on how she could become popular with boys.
"The Jelly-Bean," read by Dylan Baker, takes place in Georgia. Fitzgerald credits his wife for her expertise in helping him write a portion of this tale involving crap shooting, saying "as a Southern girl" she was an expert at this endeavor.
The talented Peter Gallagher reads "Head and Shoulders," the first of Fitzgerald's story to appear in The Saturday Evening Post.
Also found in the collection are "The Diamond As Big As The Ritz," "Dalyrimple Goes Wrong," "The Ice Palace," "Benediction," "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button," and "May Day."
This is an exemplary combination of memorable prose and oral presentation, a remarkable listening experience.
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on 28 February 1997
If you read "The Great Gatsby" because you were required to in school, you may want to refresh your memory on reading Fitzgerald for enjoyment. By reading "The Pat Hobby Stories," not only will you reintroduce yourself to the world as Fitzgerald saw it, but you will see the many parallels there are between the past and present in entertainment.
Fitzgerald follows an aging screenwriter, Pat Hobby, through his few successes and his several rejections by the Hollywood community. This is a "Death of a Salesman" in showbiz!
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