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The Beautiful and Damned (1922)

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Beautiful and the Damned was not the best of the Fitzgerald that I've read- it was by turns powerful, exhausting and overly pedantic. One comes away with the feeling that he is trying too hard to make a huge statement as well as write something uncomfortably and unevenly autobiographical- if not in detail. It remains, however, a book that sucks you in, and drags you down with Adam and Gloria- even as you acknowledge the inevitability of all that follows. ( )
  uemmak | Aug 9, 2018 |
First book I read on the Kindle, not sure if that made it feel longer, but this book was a slow, often dull read. ( )
  Rdra1962 | Aug 1, 2018 |
There is no doubt that F. Scott Fitzgerald can handle language. He writes in such a delicious manner that he can keep you going for a long time on that alone, no substance required. That is exactly what he does for the first half of The Beautiful and the Damned. I fully admit that I became weary of this novel by the halfway point, then, in that manner that is also so very Fitzgerald, he began to focus the story and I was lured to go forward to the end.

If any author can invent characters that are unappealing in themselves, Fitzgerald is the guy. I found absolutely nothing redeeming in either Anthony Patch or his wife, Gloria. The two of them are pretty much the epitome of spoiled, selfish, wasteful lives, people who contribute nothing and suck up everything around them. If we are meant at any point to feel sorry for them, it was a miss for me. We watch them deteriorate from a point that might have seemed itself to be rock bottom.

Gloria is a woman who depends 100% on her looks, her beauty, to carry her through life. Anthony is a man who feels no need to accomplish anything in life because he believes he is going to inherit millions from his grandfather. As a result, they live lives devoid of any meaning or purpose. Gloria is too selfish to want children, Anthony is too self-centered to stoop to work. You can’t help thinking that society and their families have set these two up for failure, and failure in a worse form than mere financial failure.

I read this too quickly on the heels of Tender is the Night. I have Fitzgerald burnout. I’m glad he wrote Gatsby, otherwise I think I would not be able to regard him as a great writer, but only a sufficient one. I always hate closing a book and saying to myself, “glad that is behind me.”
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  phantomswife | Jul 6, 2018 |
The Progressive Era of the early 1900s ushered in Prohibition and the infamous Roaring Twenties. Myths abound of wild parties, unrestrained drinking, glamorous fashion, and outrageous behavior. The younger generation- daring the elders to disapprove of their wanton behavior- snubbed their noses at the old-fashioned work ethic and social mores. "The Beautiful and the Damned" is a representative example of life as it really was during that period and as such, is a worthwhile story for today’s ‘millennial’ generation.

The plot: Anthony Patch is New York City’s golden boy. He is now 25 years old, a Harvard grad, and grandson of one of the wealthiest men in the United States. Anthony is living comfortably on a monthly allowance in a swank bachelor apartment complete with a house servant... literally waiting for “the old man” to die so he can have his full inheritance. Meanwhile, his primary focus is rising within the New York City social circle. Too much of an elitist to have a 9 to 5 job, Anthony sees no reason to work at all. He feels fully entitled to live a life of leisure.

The young bachelor soon falls in love with Gloria- the most beautiful and popular girl of his social strata. She wants to be a movie queen, and if not that, at least be pampered, over indulged, and idolized. Sound like a good match? Read on.

F. Scott Fitzgerald is strong on character development. And he expertly paints a vivid picture of all his characters… particularly Anthony. The biggest problem is that Anthony is not a likable character. In fact, he’s s spoiled, ungrateful, conceited snob. Gloria loves him, but is every bit the same. She bores easily and it takes a lot of money and close attention to keep her happy.

The story leads the reader through scenes of high society social life, Anthony’s time in the service during World War I, and the onset of the Roaring 20s. From the very beginning of this narrative, it is obvious that there is trouble ahead. And much like within "The Great Gatsby", the players are totally unaware of impending doom.

Aspiring writers are always advised to “write of what you know”. Fitzgerald certainly did that. He too fell in love with a high-society gal. He was well known for his own share of wild parties and notorious heavy drinking, living an opulent lifestyle beyond his financial means.

Though not Fitzgerald’s best novel, "The Beautiful and the Damned" is mildly redundant in themes and characters. Nevertheless, it is a captivating and entertaining read. ( )
1 vote LadyLo | Jun 28, 2018 |
I am having a difficult time with this book. Some of the prose is magnificent but the two main characters, Anthony and Gloria, are as unlikable as any two protagonists I have ever encountered!

I thoroughly enjoyed The Great Gatsby and perhaps this horrendous drone of a book was just FSF honing his craft. Maybe Zelda wasn't involved enough and Scott was wringing it.
  Alphawoman | Mar 31, 2018 |
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". . . its slow-moving narrative is the record of lives utterly worthless utterly futile. . . . It is to be hoped that Mr. Fitzgerald, who possesses a genuine, undeniable talent, will some day acquire a less one-sided understanding."
 

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The victors belong to the spoils.
-Anthony Patch
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To Shane Leslie, George Jean Nathan, and Maxwell Perkins
in appreciation of much literary help and encouragement
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In 1913, when Anthony Patch was twenty-five, two years were already gone since irony, the Holy Ghost of this later day, had, theoretically at least, descended upon him.
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The notion of sitting down and conjuring up, not only words in which to clothe thoughts but thoughts worthy of being clothed...
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The Beautiful and Damned is the story of Anthony Patch and his wife, Gloria. Harvard-educated and an aspiring aesthete, Patch is waiting for his inheritance upon his grandfather's death. His reckless marriage to Gloria is fueled by alcohol and is destroyed by greed. The Patches race through a series of alcohol-induced fiascoes -- first in hilarity, and then in despair. The Beautiful and Damned, a devastating portrait of the nouveaux riches, New York night life, reckless ambition, and squandered talent, was published in 1922 on the heels of Fitzgerald's first novel. It signaled his maturity as a storyteller and, more important, as a novelist.

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The Beautiful and Damned, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:

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  • Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.In 1921 F. Scott Fitzgerald was twenty-five and heralded as the most promising writer of his generation, owing to the success of his first novel This Side of Paradise. Recently married to the girl of his dreams, the former Zelda Sayre, Fitzgerald built upon his sudden prosperity with The Beautiful and the Damned, a cautionary tale of reckless ambition and squandered talent set amid the glitter of Jazz Age New York. The novel chronicles the relationship of Anthony Patch, a Harvard-educated, aspiring writer, and his beautiful young wife, Gloria. While they wait for Anthony's grandfather to die and pass his millions on to them, the young couple enjoys an endless string of parties, traveling, and extravagance. Beginning with the pop and fizz of life itself, The Beautiful and the Damned quickly evolves into a scathing chronicle of a dying marriage and a hedonistic society in which beauty is all too fleeting.A fierce parable about the illusory quality of dreams, the intractable nature of reality, and the ruin wrought by time, The Beautiful and the Damned eerily anticipates the dissipation and decline that would come to the Fitzgeralds themselves before the decade had run its course.Pagan Harleman studied literature at Columbia College, then traveled extensively in the Middle East and West Africa before receiving an MFA from New York University's graduate film program. While at NYU she made several award-winning shorts and received the Dean's Fellowship, the Steven Tisch Fellowship, and a Director's Craft Award.… (more)

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Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141187816, 0141195002

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Editions: 1909676713, 1909676721

 

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