Babylon Revisited and Other Stories
'But it hadn't been given for nothing. It had been given, even the most wildly squandered sum, as an offering to destiny that he might not remember the things most worth remembering, the things that he would now always remember'
F. Scott Fitzgerald's stories defined the 1920s 'Jazz Age' generation, with their glittering dreams and tarnished hopes. In these three tales of...more
No word is wasted or unnecessary in this greatest of F. Scott Fitzgerald's stories. Perhaps only Gatsby gets us to the finish line in such an eloquent and timely manner.
In this story, the main character, expatriate Charlie, returns to Paris (His home during the 20's boom) after the depression (story is written in 1931). The city has changed, and so has he; broker, soberer, depressed, a widow (which some ...more
despite smelling great the whole time, the book wore me down halfway through. if nothing else, this is a timeline for fitzgerald's own life, and the amout of autobiography one can extract from each story is immense. going in chronolog ...more
Nothing affects them," he thought. "Stocks rise and fall, people loaf or work, but they go on forever.
"I spoiled this city for myself. I didn't realize it, but ...more
“May Day” was interesting to me because I have interest in understanding more about Socialism and how people felt about it in the US during that time, plus it gave Fitzgerald’s constant interest in writing about the rich a po ...more
If Gatsby is the wild glittering party, full of dancing and champagne, Babylon Revisited is the clean-up, the housekeeper fishing shoes out of the pool and the host trying to figure out how to pay the tab. C ...more
There is some indication of the social influence of gender roles durin ...more
According to critics, Scott F. Fitzgerald is the best writer I had the chance to read. On the Modern Library top 100 list, Scott F. Fitzgerald is situated at number two, while Ulysses is placed at number one. One day, I may still get through with the best English novel of the 20th century, again – in scholars ‘eyes. I have tried to cope with the complexity of James Joyce, even liked The Portrait of The Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners, but Ulysses seems ...more
Two things brought me back to F. Scott. I watched the Great Gatsby (the one with Leonardo DiCaprio) and I read a short story of F. Scott's in a compilation called Babylon, Revisited. The Great Gatsby, while a mediocre movie, drew me in with the compelling character of Gatsby, still a puzzling contradiction after so many years. Babylon, Revisited, taking place in Paris, reminded me of Richard Ford in it's contrite narration of former vice and glory replaced by more ...more
There are ten stories in this collection, and of them, I found on ...more
Even though Charlie’s wilder days have long since passed, he’ll never be able to truly escape them. Although he actively tries to avoid reminders of the Paris he used to know, they nevertheless follow him everywhere. When he goes to lunch with Honoria, for example, he can find only one restaurant that doesn’t remind him of drunken meals that lasted for hours. When he walks through Montmartre, old haunts surround him. Even the things that have changed remind him of h ...more
Unfortunately none of these had the impact that Gatsby had. I think the characters in Fitzgerald's stories are too subtle for a short story. In short fiction, you have to get in, establish a character, and get their story told in only abou ...more
The Ice Palace: Ooh, loved the feeling evoked by this one. Instantly threw you into the hot, languid world of the South in the early '20s. Loved ...more
THE ICE PALACE - a young woman from the south is engaged to a man named Mr. Bellamy from the north...
MAY DAY - 1919 A young man's tale of woe as told to a friend he has tracked down at the Biltmore Hotel culminates in a request for money. What follows could well be expected.
DIAMOND AS BIG AS THE RITZ - a young man is exagerating his family wealth, only to find out the diamond is really as "big as a mountain" ...
* WINTER DREAMS - The young golf caddy learns that in reaching the heights of societ ...more