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The Beautiful and Damned
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Anthony Patch and his wife Gloria embody 1920s glamour, but as they languish in pampered boredom waiting for Anthony's inheritance to reach them, they begin to turn to recklessness to hide their lack of purpose. Fitzgerald’s second novel is a sobering vision of the dark side of the Jazz Age.

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Nov. 7, 2013
 
Nov. 7, 2013
I found the story depressing and not all that interesting but determined to stick with it...one hears so many raves about how great the story is...I can only wonder...why? <br/><br/>And then the ending! I feel cheated..the implausible ending...is there some deeper meaning to it? Other than it simply does NOT make any sense whatsoever?...I'd love to hear what that ending meant to others who may have shared in the 'joy' of reading this book.
 
Nov. 7, 2013
I enjoyed reading this novel but must say that I enjoyed Fitzgerald's Gatsby much, much more. I think the characters in Gatsby were much more relatable, though still tragic. Though I started out not really liking the character Gloria, I actually was more empathetic to her than Anthony toward the end. This was a depressing story but also a good lesson in going after life and not just waiting for things to happen to you.
 
Nov. 7, 2013
Fitzgerald's work is deliciously over-written and had several moments of supreme poetry. There was this pathetic inevitability to it that you couldn't look away from, you just had to watch as these two people fell apart. The end disappointed me but that's a personal preference.
 
Nov. 7, 2013
 
July 19, 2015
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