PDF Leggi [The Beautiful and Damned] Autore F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Beautiful and Damned F Scott Fitzgerald 1896 1940The Beautiful and Damned first published in 1922 is F Scott Fitzgerald s second novel It explores and portrays New York cafe society and the American Eastern elite during the Jazz Age before and after The Great War and in the early 1920 s 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 b 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 ZeldaAnthony doesn t want to work After graduating from Harvard he wanders around Europe for a few ears 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 oung 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 lifestyleWhen 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 medicalThis doesn t prevent him from being drafted later and he s shipped south for basic trainingFar 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 uarrel 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 strongerWhat is disturbing about The Beautiful and Damned is how loathsome Fitzgerald obviously finds this society especially himselfAt 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 areThis 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 how similar is the s life that just three ears 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 oung Maybe that tragic darkness makes his sentences shine that much brighter 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 taleA bantam cock and his haughty hussy Anthony and Gloria Patch suander 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 heroesThe gritty sand before the pearl 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 *of work This was the final Fitzgerald novel that I have read and by far the Fitzgerald writes beautiful prose Elouence for its own sake doesn t make a novel Indulgent elouence 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 themThen the book just keeps going and going It finally gets interesting when Anthony goe. Gloria Gilbert bellezza del Kansas fa strage di cuori a New York; Anthony Patch raffinato erede di un miliardario bigotto contempla la vita dalla sazietà dei suoi venticinue anni I due si innamorano e si scambiano il primo bacio in un taxi che attraversa Central Park Sono belli e innocenti ma il loro non sarà un destino facile turbato dall’alcool e dall’avidità Fitzgerald evoca in ueste pagine luci e ombre della New York del secondo decennio del Novecento la conversazione brillante dei ragazzi ambi. .