And I absolutely adore the title. That sounds really weird, but as soon as I saw that title on the contents page I thought 'ooh, I'm looking forward to that one'. Luckily, it didn't let me down. The Lees of Happiness: I'd given this 10 stars if I could. Nothing else in this anthology compared to the beauty of this story.
It was so sad and tragic, but so beautiful. The writing was absolutely gorgeous. The beginning was very interesting. It was almost in second person as it tried to make the reader imagine themselves reading a magazine and seeing the names of a short story writer and a chorus girl. I was pulled in right from the start. Then the romance unfurled between Roxanne and Jeffrey, a romance which soon turned into a tragedy. It was so emotional and beautiful to read. There were many times in which I wanted to reach inside the story and give poor Roxanne a hug. For such a little story, it captured a downfall so perfectly.
I absolutely adored it. However, I just don't think that it was my cup of tea. This is also a playscript so I'd been looking forward to it, but it let me down. There seemed to be too much going on at once and none of it was tied up properly in my opinion. I loved the interaction between Ulsa and Divine and if that had continued then I think I'd have loved this play a whole lot more. However, things went downhill from there. Everything just seemed to escalate too quickly and as a result I sort of lost interest.
This wasn't the best story in the anthology, but it certainly wasn't the worst either. Jemina, The Mountain Girl: I think that it was meant to be a comedy, but I only found it funny in a few places. Then, of course, everyone dies in the end so that was a little bit weird. Jemina was quite an amusing character and I liked her interaction with the stranger. I wish there had been slightly more world building because I think that would have really helped to move this story along. It was very short, perhaps too short, and the pace seemed too quick for me.
Again, this wasn't the worst story in the anthology, but there are far better ones. Something about this just didn't appeal to me. It's a shame that such an interesting anthology ended on a bum note. I think it gave me a good understanding of Fitzgerald the man as well as Fitzgerald the writer. In my edition there are notes from Fitzgerald before every story and the poor guy doesn't seem very happy with any of them. That's a shame because there are some real beauties in here. Yes, not all of them are quality, but as a whole this is a very good collection of short stories.
I think it's fair to conclude that Fitzgerald is not a comedy writer no matter how hard he tries to be. The best stories in here had some seriousness and poignancy and typically the stories that tried to be funny were the worst. Also, I didn't point it out in the original reviews, but Fitzgerald is very good at creating female characters.
Quite often the female characters were my favourite things about these stories. A lot of them are strong, spunky flappers and I enjoy reading that. As a whole, this is a good collection. I look forward to reading more of Fitzgerald's novels in future because I have a feeling that those will appeal to me a lot more than some of these stories did. Apr 20, Jenn rated it liked it Shelves: I hope this Hollywood practice of taking movies and slapping random classic book titles on them is over. You can make a movie about a guy who ages backwards and not call it The Curious Case of Benjamin Button if literally nothing else in your movie resembles F.
Scott Fitzgerald's short story. Anyway, Fitzgerald's story is good. It pokes fun at people's tendency to treat others according to their appearances and not according to who they actually are. It's a light story, until its sad ending. It's about a Trumpesque billionaire who owns a diamond the size of a mountain and the lengths he goes to to hide it from the world while supplying teachers and playmates to his children. His father first discovered the diamond mountain when slavery was legal, and none of the slaves who continue to live on the mountain are aware that slavery has ended.
The telling of this story, I think, is what I like best. It's mythic in an Ancient Greek way, but it's also very United Statesian. View all 4 comments. Dec 02, Grant rated it it was ok. Sadly I dropped it in the bath with me last night, it immediately swelled to the size of a loaf of bread. I only got to 'May Day. Save that, normally I can get to the end of a book before it comes apart in my hands. Second book I've dropped in the bath, which is not bad, co Sadly I dropped it in the bath with me last night, it immediately swelled to the size of a loaf of bread.
Second book I've dropped in the bath, which is not bad, considering how frequently I read in the bath. And considering I only read books in the bath I am not too attached to, I'm surprised it doesn't more often happen. When I lived in Budapest I was starved for books to read. Every month I would make a circuit of all the used-book stores that had a small 'English' section. Since I've been back in Canada I've amassed a collection of novels that will take me the next few years to read. But it's still a kind of shame to lose a book this way, I suppose I could read it, but now it smells of wet newsprint, which is not so nice.
Mar 29, Mrs. If you are looking for a review of the entire book then others perhaps will be more helpful. I really liked the movie version of this story and it's what drew me to this as I'm sure most people can attest to as well. Cate Blanchett is other-worldly and I loved the deep narrative of life, love, and in between. However, this story is so far removed from the movie that the only similarity Disclaimer: However, this story is so far removed from the movie that the only similarity it bears is the fact that Benjamin ages in reverse The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite novels of all time.
Some people say that about certain novels but I truly mean it when I say it; it holds a special place in my heart. So I guess you can say I unfairly judged this story in conjunction with quite possibly one of the greatest novels ever written I understood what Fitzgerald was trying to do and what he was trying to say.
I read it as a metaphor for trying to conform and fit to what others around you dictate. Benjamin was denied acceptance to Yale because he didn't look his age. He couldn't re-enlist in the army because he looked too young. There is a certain prejudice against Benjamin to the point where even if he produces his birth certificate people still don't believe him because all they have to do is look at him to know the truth. Truth be told it was a good short story. I am not a big fan of short stories mostly for the reason that they aren't long enough. Just a personal preference I guess.
I am someone who wants long detailed narratives and endless details and background story. What do you expect? I think that's what was missing for me here; more meat to satisfy my hunger. It had beautiful, typical Fitzgerald language and writing style, there just wasn't enough. I never felt sorrow or pity for Benjamin and I never emotionally connected with him as probably I was intended to do.
There wasn't really enough in this story for me to comment further on, other than it helped satisfy a long curiosity of a movie's source. Please beware that the movie is no way a resemblance of the book and could be a disappointment for some readers. If you like F. Scott you may like this story. Now I can say I read it Jun 21, Thom Swennes rated it really liked it. A circle is a line curved to infinity.
Often life is described as a circle; one is born, grows up, hopefully falls in love, has children, grows old, mourns and then dies; only to repeat this in another dimension. What a truly beautiful thought. Who can find fault with this? Now, change the direction of this circle of life….. That is what F. Roger Button have a baby.
In other words Benjamin Button begins life at the wrong end and being already so close to the end, goes the other way. The original concept is rather a lot to swallow but once done proves to be remarkable palatable. I like this story very much. Scott Fitzgerald in any way…. I think this should be read by everyone. If you want to look at yourself; you look in a mirror. If you want to look at your life circle; take a trip against the stream. In both cases your eyes will be opened to something truly unique. Aug 08, Kristi rated it liked it.
Every single woman he portrayed was either an old, demanding nag or a young, manipulative and callous beauty. Jun 12, Katie R. Herring rated it liked it. As a whole, this collection of short stories is okay.
Individually though, some of these stories are phenomenal. I would definitely recommend this collection, but beware, this tale of Benjamin Button is quite different from the movie. The ploy is still the same, though. A man aging backwards. Scott, I am happy to say, is As a whole, this collection of short stories is okay. Scott, I am happy to say, is still my favorite writer. I don't know how he does it. The lyrical prose can just turn your brain into mush, and even convince a nonreader to love literature.
Jan 25, Jeanette "Astute Crabbist" rated it liked it Shelves: There seems to be a number of versions of this book, all with different selections. The one I read contained the following stories, all of which I had read previously in other publications: This was one of my two favorites. Interesting and funny story about backwards aging. Really captures an era and the sad consequences of self-indulgence. Apr 13, Bellezza rated it did not like it Shelves: For once, the film outdid the short story. A bizarre tale, which seems to me to cleverly mock adult expectations for their children specifically and life generally.
It varies greatly from the movie; one possiblity could be that the book was about 50 pages long whereas the film added all kinds of bits to add up to almost three hours. The two are quite dissimilar, in fact, and I was disappointed in reading this knowing that F. Scott Fitzgeral was its author. Enjoying this book so far, I forgot how much I used to enjoy Fitzgerald's stories, it has been a long time since I read him. But I really brought the book to read Benjamin Button, I loved the movie but it was a real stretch from the short story.
It was breath taking, there was an emotional connection that made you keep reading until the last page. It's a beautiful story that can make you giggle or cry, but it's worth every last tear. Jul 30, A. But the extreme wealth of his friend is so ove F. But the extreme wealth of his friend is so over the top that John is astonished by everything he sees. Returning his affection, she tells him that they routinely murder the friends and family who visit them… to keep the location secret, you know?
Keeping the secret chokes supply and maintains diamond prices. Kismine was very eager to be a nurse in the War but it was over before she was old enough. Her father just offered to start another war for her. They still have their slaves - they originally came from the South - and anybody that flies over their land is shot down and imprisoned. When the slave quarters are bombed she bemoans the loss of property, rather than life. It turns out she has brought jewels from the wrong drawer and all they have are the fakes she swapped with a guest for real jewels.
As if theft would be a worse crime than murder. Begging to be hidden, Tarquin opens a trapdoor in the ceiling and the man flings himself up into the space. The other two search, are defeated and leave. Soft shoes ask to stay and for pen an dpaper to record his story, given Tarquin is reading The Faerie Queen.
In the morning, Tarquin starts reading the work that took all night to write out, and it is the Rape of Lucrece by William Shakespeare. They are products of their age, with plenty of anachronisms, but also with some interesting ideas. Jun 03, Brianna rated it it was amazing. Where do I start?
It's about a Trumpesque billionaire who owns a diamond the size of a mountain and the lengths he goes to to hide it from the world while supplying teachers and playmates to his children. Ray Bradbury 's novel From the Dust Returned contains a short story "Make Haste to Live" in which an old woman is born in a grave and regresses in age as time passes. Kismine was very eager to be a nurse in the War but it was over before she was old enough. I was never sure if it was completely fantasy, or what Fitzgerald hoped would have happened. Patrick O'Donnell editor, introducer is the author of several books and essays on modern and contemporary American fiction, including John Hawkes, Passionate Doubt: Maybe I should read it again, because I really enjoyed this collection of short stories. The New Woman Emma Heaney.
I'm not sure what I was expecting when I picked up this book. I've read Great Gatsby and fell in love with Fitzgerald's writing style and vivid characters, but felt unsatisfied with the length of the novel and some of its pretensions. Getting on my hands on a book of his short stories and plays worked out perfectly. Having read them now, I can see his short stories is where he really thrives.
Maybe Great "Youth in this jazz-nourished generation is temperamentally restless. Maybe Great Gatsby was an attempt to make something lasting and important, but it came off a little rushed. In his short stories, he has the freedom to not worry about cramming in the American Dream and messages about wealth and selfishness.
His writing style can shine and he can just write really weird but beautiful fucking things, still punching you in the gut with those gorgeously pretentious one liners. It's sharp and snappy and sarcastic and dazzling. Head and Shoulders and the Ice Palace are also wonderful. Really, I loved the stories that had the beautiful young girls in love the most, purely for the selfish aestheticism of them.
It's fun to read about characters who say "Oh damn! Fitzgerald's own notes on some of his stories are there too and were a bit haunting to read his opinions sometimes very blunt in his own work. It makes him seem more real, in a way. The star of the show, Benjamin Button, was among some of the more dull of the stories.
However, I really liked the variety in the collection. Some were quite short and full of beautiful prose, and a couple spanned the entire lifetime of the characters, from youth to marriage to retirement and some to death. As well, the silliness of some of the little plays were fun to read. I especially liked Porcelain and Pink. I'd like to think Fitzgerald captured what it felt like to be young in an age where everything rapidly began to change. Some of the stories are nearly years old and those characters and feelings of trying to stay young forever seem so familiar to me.
All in all, it was excellent to see variety to an author most of us are required to read in high school, but never visit again. His talents go far beyond Great Gatsby. Many of the stories were written while he was in university and the youth and silliness reflect it while still being very, very beautiful. It can be blamed on the "times" but it still is very disgusting.
Nothing out of place for the '20', but still. Only the like bookends, only the first and last story are interesting, and I had to restart "O Russet Witch" because I was completely so bored by "Tarquin of Cheapside", that I still have no idea what that story was even about and didn't realize that a new story had begun.
What's apparent in this collection is the rampant racism of the day, that every rich white person has their troupe of "Negroes" to do their bidding, which I realize was probably the case, but the nonchalance that it's talked about is jarring. I was never sure if it was completely fantasy, or what Fitzgerald hoped would have happened.
In any event, none of these stories have a very well developed plot, end abruptly, and don't have a whole lot to offer. But maybe that's just the essence of short stories. Jul 09, Tamara rated it really liked it. I enjoyed these stories very much! I read other books in between and the great thing about the format of this book is that it was a collection of short stories from the Jazz Age. I would finish a story or two, then go on to reading another novel, then come back to this one.
It felt that I was simply starting another book, though of course the language and writing style is distintively Fitzgerald through and through. The only drawback to these stories is that the reader should try to keep an open I enjoyed these stories very much! The only drawback to these stories is that the reader should try to keep an open mind; the post-Great War era expressions and attitudes, in particular, about women and racism, would be quite offensive to some.
It reflected the ignorance of the time and a few of the stories alluded to how strongly the confederacy in the United States still influenced attitudes in the early 's. In all, I enjoyed this book in spite of some of the prejudices but appreciated the way Fitzgerald interpreted his generation and the myriad of shenanagans his characters were involved in.
Short Story Collections 14 50 Feb 18, Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American writer of novels and short stories, whose works have been seen as evocative of the Jazz Age, a term he himself allegedly coined. He is regarded as one of the greatest twentieth century writers. He finished four novels, left a fifth unfini Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American writer of novels and short stories, whose works have been seen as evocative of the Jazz Age, a term he himself allegedly coined.
He finished four novels, left a fifth unfinished, and wrote dozens of short stories that treat themes of youth, despair, and age. He was married to Zelda Fitzgerald. He was educated at Princeton University and served in the U. Army from to , attaining the rank of second lieutenant. In Fitzgerald married Zelda Sayre, a young woman of the upper class, and they had a daughter, Frances.
Fitzgerald is regarded as one of the finest American writers of the 20th Century. His most notable work was the novel, The Great Gatsby The novel focused on the themes of the Roaring Twenties and of the loss of innocence and ethics among the nouveau riche. He also made many contributions to American literature in the form of short stories, plays, poetry, music, and letters.
Ernest Hemingway, who was greatly influenced by Fitzgerald's short stories, wrote that Fitzgerald's talent was "as fine as the dust on a butterfly's wing. There he contributed to scripts for such popular films as Winter Carnival and Gone with the Wind. Fitzgerald's work is inseparable from the Roaring 20s. His first novel The Beautiful and Damned was flawed but set up Fitzgerald's major themes of the fleeting nature of youthfulness and innocence, unattainable love, and middle-class aspiration for wealth and respectability, derived from his own courtship of Zelda. This Side of Paradise was Fitzgerald's first unqualified success.
Tender Is the Night, a mature look at the excesses of the exuberant 20s, was published in The Last Tycoon, adapted by Paramount in , was a work in progress when Fitzgerald died of a heart attack on December 21, , in Hollywood, California. Fitzgerald is buried in the historic St.