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The Beautiful and Damned chapter 1 The Beautiful and Damned, meaning The Beautiful and Damned, genre The Beautiful and Damned, book cover The Beautiful and Damned, flies The Beautiful and Damned, The Beautiful and Damned c6a18e6d937e7 First Published In , The Beautiful And The Damned Followed Fitzgerald S Impeccable Debut, This Side Of Paradise, Thus Securing His Place In The Tradition Of Great American Novelists Embellished With The Author S Lyrical Prose, Here Is The Story Of Harvard Educated, Aspiring Aesthete Anthony Patch And His Beautiful Wife, Gloria As They Await The Inheritance Of His Grandfather S Fortune, Their Reckless Marriage Sways Under The Influence Of Alcohol And Avarice A Devastating Look At The Nouveau Riche, And The New York Nightlife, As Well As The Ruinous Effects Of Wild Ambition, The Beautiful And The Damned Achieved Stature As One Of Fitzgerald S Most Accomplished Novels Its Distinction As A Classic Endures To This Day Pocket Book S Enriched Classics Present The Great Works Of World Literature Enhanced For The Contemporary Reader Special Features Include Critical Perspectives, Suggestions For Further Read, And A Unique Visual Essay Composed Of Period Photographs That Help Bring Every Word To Life

10 thoughts on “The Beautiful and Damned

  1. says:

    I can t think of any writer other F Scott Fitzgerald that has had such of a yo yo effect on me I thought Gatsby was the real deal, This Side of Paradise I gave up on, some of his short stories left a big impression on me, whereas, Tender Is the Night felt like a bit of a mess I put this down to his personal life, which wasn t exactly plain sailing The Beautiful and Damned sits comfortably in between this lot, lounged in the Ritz carlton to be precise With a cigarette in one hand, and a cocktail glass in the other, not worrying about the tab, at least for now.Regardless of how I perceived much of his work, one thing about him does stands out, he WAS the voice of a generation My first experience with Fitzgerald was something completely new, like tasting champagne for the first time, or putting on an expensive suit The whole experience was plush, sensuous and dazzling Although I didn t think the story here was that great, his writing at least felt less floppy and tightly focused, not too far off Gatsby standard Written during the golden age of jazz, his second novel looks at the rise and fall of young couple Anthony Patch and Gloria Gilbert, through their first meeting, courtship, and marriage Like with all Fitzgerald s characters they are complex when it comes to relationships, and draws comparisons to the problems of himself and wife Zelda At the core of it s story along with the couple, is money, and the problems of overspending, or living beyond ones means Antony Gloria live the high life, spending well at every opportunity, but eventually realizing their funds are dwindling This is where Antony s ever so rich grandfather comes into play, he hopes to get his hands on a large fortune as Inheritance, but to his dismay is not written into the will, the couple start to feel the strain With their bank balances and each other.It is a novel not of disillusion but of decay What happens to the kind of people that Anthony and Gloria are has happened to the same kind of people over and over again In our foolish optimism, our pride and certainty in progress, we like to forget that disintegration is a competing and often victorious force And so, when we see signs of something uncommonly like it in the young generation, we think it has never happened before, the setting changes, of course, but since Fitzgerald has described our modern setting with its prohibition parties, socialites and promiscuous kissing in such magnanimous detail, we are apt to think that, because the scenery is startling, the scenario is a new one.Anthony Patch is built up in pages which, while blazing with clever irony, do not give us a picture of him in three dimensions Later we find him using that mixture of standing aside and telling us what he says and does and acting as his intimate psychological confidant, which often betrays Within rather large limits Anthony is clear, but clear as a type rather than a person The most telling accounts of him, while real, could also seem real of other persons quite different from him in other ways Gloria, admirably sharp and witty at first, deliquesces and loses her personality as Fitzgerald grows intimate with her, until toward the end we find her speaking very little as problems start to mount She too, broadens into a person with too many characteristics which other characters could share with her and still be differential The treatment of the two of them leaves the curious impression that Fitzgerald was at first inside Anthony s head before gradually exchanging positions Also minor characters written about actually felt sharper than that of Antony and Gloria, even though in the novel they are limited to scenes here and there There is the very small allowance for tenderness and proper love here, and even less of pity, contained within there is a lot of hatred and boiled over arguments that I guess goes with the territory It s lively with epigrams, so many that one half suspects that their origin is less in a perpetually ironic state of mind than in a facility and joy in turning them out He did get the fine line of using enough energy and weariness spot on in all the right places, and I really liked the last 30 or so pages, but the couple I seemed to love one minute and semi despised the next Had they lived in the 21st century, they would have racked up huge debts on twenty credit cards, whilst both having about five on line affairs apiece Well written, with some great moments, but over all it just lacked that something extra.3.5 5 minus the tip.

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    A deeply flawed book A good amount of editing would ve greatly improved this book However, Fitzgerald was coming off his huge success with This Side of Paradise , so the publisher allowed him to publish this very uneven piece of work This was the final Fitzgerald novel that I have read, and by far the worst.Yes, Fitzgerald writes beautiful prose Eloquence for its own sake doesn t make a novel Indulgent eloquence, uneven pacing, unsympathetic characters, a generally poor plot, and a terrible ending made it difficult for me to even finish this book We are first introduced to Anthony and Gloria, our protagonists Then, a seemingly endless array of vignettes aim to portray them as examples of the moral bankruptcy of the Jazz Age Are Anthony and Gloria products of their environment, their upbringing, etc I don t care, because I hated both of them 100 pages in and didn t want to read any about them.Then, the book just keeps going, and going It finally gets interesting when Anthony goes off to military boot camp i.e the first time anything actually happens in the plot other than Anthony and Gloria partying Once he reunites the Gloria, the same tired plot starts up again The pacing and tone has improved and tightened considerably at this point, and shows Fitzgerald s promise in later novels This book is a bridge between This Side of Paradise and The Great Gatsby and is interesting in this aspect, but taken alone, not at all.

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    The Beautiful and Damned, F Scott Fitzgerald 1896 1940 The Beautiful and Damned, first published by Scribner s in 1922, is F Scott Fitzgerald s second novel It explores and portrays New York caf society and the American Eastern elite during the Jazz Age before and after The Great War and in the early 1920s As in his other novels, Fitzgerald s characters in this novel are complex, especially with respect to marriage and intimacy The work is generally considered to have drawn upon and be based on Fitzgerald s relationship and marriage with his wife Zelda Fitzgerald 2012 1390 496 104 89 9789643119348 20

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    Fitzgerald wasn t joking with that title These people were completely screwed from the moment they hit the page, and it was fascinating to watch it all disintegrate As I mentioned in the review I just finished for Tender is the Night , I found Anthony and Gloria to be some of the unsympathetic characters I ve encountered lately They are both vain and shallow and utterly useless people in terms of anything practical I can t imagine being friends with these people This book worked for me primarily on the level that Fitzgerald managed to keep me hoping that they d finally get their act together Of course they don t, but that s not really the point I kept caring about them even though I didn t particularly like them I wanted to plead with the judge to give them the money, even though my better sense told me the money really wasn t as much of the problem as they were I really enjoyed this book also, an excellent cautionary tale on how not to handle your personal finances.

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    I know I said I wouldn t bother writing a review for this piece of trash but I couldn t resist to compile some of Scottie s greatest hits just to give context for my dislike of this novel Some of the lovely descriptions from men about our main protagonist Gloria Gloria s darn nice not a brain in her head A sense of responsibility would spoil her She s too pretty She s so utterly stupid Remarkable that a person Gloria can comprehend so little and yet live in such a complex civilization A woman like that Gloria about herself brace yourself since the internalized misogyny is real with that one I value my body because you her husband Anthony think it s beautiful And this body of mine of yours to have it grow ugly and shapeless It s simply intolerable BITCH WHAT Women soil easily, she said, far easily than men Some of the lovely descriptions about other women in the novel She had no sense of humour, but, to take its place, a happy disposition that made her laugh at the proper times when she was with men Her bosom is still a pavement that she offers to the hoofs of many passing stallions, hoping that their iron shoes may strike even a spark of romance in the darkness This is honestly one of my favorites like what kind of crack was Fitzgerald smoking Scottie also had a wilde sense of healthy relationships Then Anthony knew what he wanted to assert his will against this cool and impervious girl, to obtain with one magnificent effort a mastery that seemed infinitely desirable Hit me she implored him wildly, stupidly Oh, hit me, and I ll kiss the hand you hit me with the fuck outta here Don t get me wrong, I m aware that Fitzgerald knew that he was writing about fucked up relationships However, he constantly propagates the notion that Gloria and later Dot want Anthony to seize the power and control their bodies and actions.The emotional manipulation is also quite real with these two After Anthony hits his wife at a train station classy, I know , this happens Yet in the morning, coming early into her room, he knelt down by her bed and cried like a little boy, as though it was his heart that had been broken.Anthony is also the one cheating in the relationship However, when he suspects that Gloria cheated on him as well which she didn t he gets super aggressive and accusatory and makes her feel like a whore for pleasing men etc It was truly sickening to read In general, Fitzgerald portrayed the women in his story as the properties of men, rather feeding than questioning that fucked up trope Oh, and at one point suicide is used as a form of blackmail and Anthony says some pretty anti semitic things I won t even begin to fully cover the blatant racism in this novel It made my skin crawl The skin colour of a character was only mentioned to showcase that POC were subservient to whites We encounter a coloured doorman , a glib Martinique Negro, with an incongruous British accent and a tendency to be surly, whom Anthony detested and sidewalks peopled by an intermittent procession of ragged, shuffling, subservient Negroes None of these characters are given a voice speech part in the book Dot considered working for the Red Cross,Trouble was she had heard that she might have to bathe Negroes in alcohol, and after that she hadn t felt so patriotic I hope you burn in hell And when she and Anthony went out to dance, they saw a tragic Negro made yearning, aching music on a saxophone until the garish hall became an enchanted jungle of barbaric rhythms Barbaric rhythms Dude was playing the saxophone, so can ya ll chill In conclusion, the book is way too fucking long and needed some serious editing Its exploration of themes is hella messy and the story isn t coherent at all The ending was such a clusterfuck and made me want to throw the book across the room I have nothing against narratives featuring unlikeable characters heck, I usually find them fascinating but you somehow have to make me care The Beautiful and Damned is painfully unnecessary Nothing happens except rich kids whining about the hardships of life Sorry, can t relate There s nothing left to say except BITCH, THE DOOR Also, where is my award for finishing this piece of trash

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    E questo mi ha insegnato che non si pu avere niente, non si pu avere assolutamente niente Perch il desiderio inganna come un raggio di sole che guizza qua e l in una stanza Si ferma e illumina un oggetto insignificante, e noi poveri sciocchi cerchiamo di afferrarlo ma quando lo afferriamo il sole si sposta su qualcos altro e la parte insignificante resta, ma lo splendore che l ha resa desiderabile scomparso..

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    The Beautiful and Damned is the perfect title for this novel, as well as for the author s life with his wife Zelda This is Fitzgerald s second novel, and he had become wealthy and famous His protagonist and his wife Anthony and Gloria Patch move in a circle of rich, hard drinking sybarites, who seem to move glibly from party to party On the first edition dust jacket, Anthony and Gloria are painted as Scott Zelda Anthony doesn t want to work After graduating from Harvard, he wanders around Europe for a few years, before moving to New York City to live He finds a nice apartment, and lives well on his allowance, while waiting for his industrialist grandfather to die, at which point he ll be a bazillionaire He meets Gloria, the young, beautiful cousin of his Harvard chum, Dick, and is smitten As is she the couple marry, enjoy a protracted honeymoon, and settle back into NYC s pre War party scene Gradually, their life together crumbles The only consistent motifs are A that they don t want to work, and B that their investments are not producing enough income to cover their lifestyle.When Anthony s grandfather finally does die, he leaves not a dime to Anthony All too soon, World War One looms, and Anthony applies, with his friends Maury and Dick, to go to officer training school Anthony fails the medical.This doesn t prevent him from being drafted later, and he s shipped south for basic training.Far from home, Anthony finds affection in the arms of Dot, a local girl The war ends before Anthony s unit can be shipped overseas, and he and Gloria are reunited They quarrel over money, and find any excuse to drink, which seems the only way they can tolerate life and each other They wait for Anthony s lawsuit against his grandfather s estate to settle Their apartments get smaller, their clothes less trendy and frayed, and the need for alcoholic oblivion even stronger.What is disturbing about The Beautiful and Damned is how loathsome Fitzgerald obviously finds this society, especially himself.At one point, Anthony is talking to Dick an author of great success and Dick talks of how vapid modern fiction is, and how everyone asks him whether he s read This Side of Paradise Dick decries how detestible the characters in Paradise are This Side of Paradise, of course, was F Scott Fitzgerald s first novel It s obvious that Fitzgerald and Anthony are both alcoholic, and that Gloria like Zelda is both a big drinker, and suffering from early stages of mental illness Things hit rock bottom Anthony has bounced checks, and been thrown out of a club where he and his friends once held court They re at the absolute bottom Then he wins his lawsuit He s rich again, but we sense as the book concludes with Anthony and Gloria aboardship for Italy that he really didn t win anything at all This is not an easy book to read Its tale of the bon vivant who loses everything reminded me of The Magnificent Ambersons, but this was just so much sadder Maybe part of it is knowing how similar is the author s life, that just three years later, he would publish The Great Gatsby, which made it impossible for him ever to turn back F Scott Fitzgerald wrote beautifully he lived too fast, and died too young Maybe that tragic darkness makes his sentences shine that much brighter.

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    This book was heavy I read it in a couple days, but it s so emotionally and mentally exhausting it was just painful most of the time Fitzgerald almost viciously pulls the rug out any time there s a slight chance of things getting better for Gloria and Anthony who, rather than confronting their flaws and getting their shit together, seem to alternate between wallowing and reveling in their self destructive boredom and self pity It s a study in absolute misery It reminded me than a little of Dickens Bleak House, watching Richard and Ada s downward spiral as the lawsuit eats up any ambition or practicality they ever had Unlike Richard and Ada, however, Gloria and Anthony aren t particularly deserving or likable, and that s probably one of the bigger flaws for many of this book s detractors For a lot of people it must be like watching a car crash which also happens to make you late for workfrustrating and a bit tragic But I actually found them quite sympathetic if not the most well defined characters and even relatable at times, which made their decline all the real, disturbing, and frightening to me There are a lot of horrible aspects of their personalities and thoughts that I can t imagine would be easy to relate to, or to admit relating to, for most people, but I certainly could and can t be the only one Ultimately I found it moving, yet somewhat raw and hollow, and though I didn t like it as much as This Side of Paradise or Gatsby it didn t do anything to lessen my admiration of Fitzgerald and his beautiful prose Say things to the world that are true though I don t know much about its author, that quote has been stuck in my mind since I first saw it, but never so much as when I was reading this book.

  9. says:

    I ll Be DamnedHow could the same F Scott Fitzgerald who composed such a brilliant novel in The Great Gatsby have preceded it with such a lifeless moral tale A bantam cock and his haughty hussy, Anthony and Gloria Patch, squander their days for than a decade of their lives anticipating an inheritance of a large part of the estate of Anthony s grandfather, a Rockefeller type magnate, who excludes them from his Last Will and Testament because of their debauched style of living It s just hard to be captivated by two despicable anti heroes.The gritty sand before the pearl.

  10. says:

    La fiera delle vanit Fitzgerald pubblic questo libro nel 1922, quando aveva appena 26 anni.Un giovane, alienato dal benessere, e una donna che si crede emancipata, ma priva di quell emancipazione da se stessi che condizione basilare per una vita serenamente consapevole Avevamo scoperto di avere in comune molte idee fisse e stranezze e bizzarrie mentali Senza progetti, se non quello di essere felici Con l egocentrismo del tutto e subito , pareva che nulla diventasse rancido in fretta quanto il piacere Una coppia del genere offre un impietoso ritratto di quella giovent in perenne girotorndo intorno al vuoto che deve aver caratterizzato l America da bere , da cui la letteratura ha potuto trarre vari spunti.Tema centrale la dissipazione, che innanzitutto dissipazione di se stessi.Il primo sintomo che individui come loro sono in grado di percepire la noia Feste, balli, ubriacature e poi Cominciano ad avvertire che lo stare a casa era noioso preferivano invece andarsi ad annoiare a una commedia musicale stupida o recarsi a cena con i conoscenti pi insignificanti, purch ci fossero abbastanza coppie da impedire che la conversazione diventasse del tutto insopportabile.Dalla passione allo smarrimento di due personaggi senza spessore Ma la vicenda ci riserva ancora ben altro anche i sentimenti sono soggetti a trasformazione Poi un finale di svolta, rappresentato con una punta di sarcasmo e una pennellata di pittoresco.Il libro pu facilmente coinvolgere il lettore, e anche farlo riflettere buona l analisi relazionale La lettura agevole Ma come pare ancora lontano Il grande Gatsby con la sua meravigliosa scrittura

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