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The Beautiful and Damned
Anthony and Gloria are the essence of Jazz Age glamour. A brilliant and magnetic couple, they fling themselves at life with an energy that is thrilling. New York is a playground where they dance and drink for days on end. Their marriage is a passionate theatrical performance; they are young, rich, alive and lovely and they intend to inherit the earth.
But as money becomes t...more
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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 terribl ...more
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 wander ...more
I went to my friend's room to discuss about songs and movies and there my eyes caught its glimpse.
It's cover and title were eye pleasing that I immediately wanted to finish it up. This was the very thing I wanted at that time.
And This Book found Me.
The story revolves around a couple Anthony Patch and Gloria Gilbert and their 'friends' and is about how their marriage and everything around them falls into abyss because of their idleness and recklessness.
The story told me how much it is really ...more
Mi domando se Fitzgerald scrivendo Belli e Dannati non stesse delineando con largo anticipo il crollo della sua esistenza. Mi domando se Fitzgerald, guardandosi allo specchio, non vedesse riflesso lo sguardo sanguinante di Anthony Patch. Mi domando se, rileggendo le parti dedicate alle descrizioni di Gloria, non riscoprisse ogni volta tutto quello che amava e odiava di Zelda.
Se dovessimo rispondere a questi quesiti basandoci sul flusso incalzante, perfetto, naturale della scrittura e sull'eviden ...more
Anthony is young, lazy, handsome, and bored with the world. He spends his days having meals with his companions, Maury and Richard, and participating in the art of 'doing nothing'. When Richard introduces Anthony to his cousin Gloria, the world is suddenly a bit less boring.
Gloria is beautiful, with childish features and, like Anthony, bored easily. But Anthony is the first man in a long string of dull romances that she does not tire of. The two marry and are at the height of their lives.
But An ...more
Non posso dire – ed è bene precisarlo nella prima riga – che questo romanzo si sia fatto leggere con grande simpatia. E non è colpa di Fitzgerald né, tanto meno, della sua penna. La colpa sta, semmai, nell’esser riuscito a comunicare in pieno il suo messaggio: un messaggio di decadenza, di sfacelo morale che lascia il lettore fia ...more
F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" is a novel Im sure everyone is familiar with from high school, and in my case was the only book I ever picked up from the author until I came across "The Beautiful and Damned". Unlike other books that were recommended by friends and acquaintances, reading Fitzgerald's second novel derived from my curiosity for a rarely mentioned era of American history; one encompassing the age of wild jazz, speakeasies, and the notorious flappers. As an author, Fitzgeral ...more
– Gloria Patch
The Dandy, Anthony Patch, falls in love with the most sought-out girl: the beautiful and aloof Gloria. They marry and become the it couple everyone wants to be with. Their nights are full of champagne and parties, and the days are spent in idleness, waiting for the next party to fill the void. Anthony’s inheritance is endangered because of their wildness. What now? They can’t imagine a life without luxury. Nor is Anthony ...more
"Belli e dannati" è il resoconto, la storia di due personaggi, quali Anthony Patch e Gloria Gilbert, nei quali si possono intravedere le figure di Francis Scott Fitzgerald e della moglie, Zelda.
"Belli e dannati" è il crollo delle illusioni, della mancanza di significato della vita, de ...more
So far Anthony and Gloria are two of the most vile characters that aren't criminals or evil that I've ever read. They're entitled. Classist. Wasteful. Narcissistic. Greedy. Anthony's a weak alcoholic and Gloria is vainer than Snow White's stepmother.
The story starts out with Anthony graduating from college, the assumed heir to his grandfather's seventy five million. He's dreamy, likes to wax philosophic, party, but can't figure ...more
In this state he considered that he would one day accomplish some quiet subtle thing that the elect would deem worthy and, passing on, would join the dimmer stars in a nebulous, indeterminate heaven half-way between death and immortality.
"A classic," suggested Anthony, "is a successful book that has survived the reaction of the next period or generation. Then it's safe, like a style in architecture or furniture. It's acquir ...more
You have to wonder if somewhere along the way they will see the emptiness of their lives and seek a different route, similar to their grandfather's abrupt turn around.
These were the most unlovable characters I have every met.
"There was nothing, it seemed, that grew stale so soon as pleasure."
But boy, can Fitzgerald make every instance of soul-crushing depression sound ever so lovely! [Food for thought: when a society churns out such debauched individuals, when wars and economic calamities often broker over the worth of a person's life, is there much left of the social foundations upon which we can moralize what and how a life must be lived?]
“Producimos un Cristo capaz de alzar al leproso… y ahora la descendencia del leproso es la sal de la tierra”
Hermosos y malditos ha sido mi primer contacto con Scott Fitzgerald, y como ya esperaba, su obra goza de una calidad indiscutible. Fitzgerald nos traslada a los felices años veinte de una manera sencilla y amena que cautiva al lector desde la primera página.
Anthony, el protagonista, es nieto del millonario Adam Patch. Anthony es un absurdo intento de escritor, que poco ha estado ...more
Recently two things happened - first, the resurgence of Hemingway over the last year or so brought in its wake a lesser resurgence of Fitz, since the two ran in the same circles. Second, while reading Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain, I learned how the change in one's ...more
Fitzgerald tratteggia queste due personalità con la maestria che gli è tipica. Il flusso della narrazione è scorrevole e incal ...more
The novel begins by briefly describing Anthony Patch's childhood and youth. As it moves into his time at college, it becomes more elaborate. Interestingly, Anthony does not seem like a character that will ...more
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