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The Diamond as Big as the Ritz, and Other Stories

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  4,329 ratings  ·  139 reviews
6 of the Roaring Twenties chronicler's most scintillating short stories, chosen from Flappers and Philosophers (1920) and Tales of the Jazz Age (1922). This inexpensive volume comprises "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz," "The Ice Palace," "Bernice Bobs Her Hair," "May Day," "The Jelly-Bean," and "The Offshore Pirate." Publisher's Note.
Paperback, 174 pages
Published July 11th 1997 by Dover Publications (first published 1922)
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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldWinnie-the-Pooh by A.A. MilneAll Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria RemarqueThe Sun Also Rises by Ernest HemingwayThe Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Best Books of the Decade: 1920's
54th out of 339 books — 689 voters
The Garden Party and Other Stories by Katherine MansfieldThe Waste Land by T.S. EliotThe Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott FitzgeraldThe Velveteen Rabbit by Margery WilliamsBabbitt by Sinclair Lewis
Best of 1922
8th out of 32 books — 38 voters

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This edition consists of five short stories. They always talk about Fitzgerald as a writer that defined the Jazz Age and etc but for me that is not that important. What draws me to his writing is probably the way he creates his characters, sometimes managing to capture their very essence. I’ll give you a fair warning. This is not going to be a short review.

First things first.

The Diamond As Big As The Ritz 5/5

Beautifully written and absolutely unsettling because of its implications. One of them:
André Shart
Não me apressei a ler este livro, antes preferi saboreá-lo moderadamente, a passo e passo. Afinal é uma colectânea e tal oferece-nos a vantagem de podermos ler um conto hoje e iniciar a leitura de outro na semana que se segue sem perder o fio à meada, o que o torna realmente agradável.

As histórias são muito boas. Nem todas são extraordinárias, mas fiquei com vontade de ver pelo menos três delas transformadas em narrativas mais densas ou mesmo em novelas acabadas. Depois de ler The Great Gatsby,
بسام عبد العزيز
لم أتوقع الكثير عندما بدأت المجموعة القصصية.. لكن للغرابة كنت جيدة بما يكفي..
سكوت فيتزجيرالد يعري المجتمع الأمريكي.. طغيان المادة.. سيطرة المظاهر.. غياب الحس الإنساني.. الحلم الأمريكي الذي تحول إلى قيمة المجتمع العليا.. كل هذا من خلال قصص قصيرة أشبه بأحداث يومية قد تحدث حتى في أي مكان آخر و ليس بالضرورة أمريكا..

ماسة في حجم الريتز :
ماذا يحدث عندما تمتلك جبل كامل من الماس؟! ببساطة إنك تملك الأرض بمن عليها.. انك تملك البشر.. إنك تملك الحياة بأكملها.. الجميع يتحول إلى سلعة في يدك.. الجميع تراهم مج
The Diamond as Big as the Ritz to me is the marquee story of the 20's. The language and prose is crisp and clear, and you can image the descriptions as art direction for a tux-and-flapper-dress movie or a series of art deco murals. The story is a great blend of high adventure as well as exploitive campiness. While the other stories still have that distinct art deco elegance, the Diamond story is just so over the top, like a Hollywood blockbuster.
*edit* Someone checked it out today, and I told him I liked Fitgerald's writing, mentioning Great Gatsby. He was like, 'Great Gatsby? Couldn't get into it.' Are you serious?? Well, if you didn't like that one, it's pretty much guaranteed you won't be into this, either! F. Scott's characterizations are all pretty much interchangable, and the stories are shallow fluff, but it all represents the opulent 20's before the Great Depression-as it were. Take it or leave it!

F. Scott Fitzgerald is great re
Jewels are absolutely useless. What purpose do they serve other than to decorate? to pronounce excess? Is there any other possession adorned with such all-consuming envy while simultaneously void of all practical use? Jewels and gold are as intrinsically meaningless in backing wealth as numbers on paper. They have cavernous souls which prey mischievously on Man's affinity for power. They fill the void of there existence by manipulating the weakness and vice of mankind. They are the instigator; a ...more
Irene Chia
This is a story about a school boy, John Unger, from a respectable rich family in Hades, a small town on the Mississippi River. The period is early 1920s or thereabouts. At 16, John was sent to St Midas’ school in Boston for a New England education which is a necessity for all promising young men.

At the school, he met Percy Washington, a very rich student, even by St Midas’ standard, judging by his clothes. However, Percy stayed aloof from everyone and the only person he was slightly friendly w
I made a perfect fool of myself while I was reading the first short story from this edition (Diamond As Big As The Ritz). It just couldn't be helped because the spectacular descriptions ignited a spark in my already far too avid imagination and people around me started eyeing me suspiciously once they realized I was responsible for the short bursts of either laughter or audible elation (the characters bathed in rosewater, folks!). Overall, I liked these short stories better than the ones I had r ...more
Grace Meredith
I loved this collection. I really think it's F. Scott Fitzgerald at his best. The prose was quite enchanting and surprisingly easy to read. The descriptions and details of each story were beautiful and delicate, and each tale expressed such a quintessential aspect of human nature. I enjoyed these so much better than The Great Gatsby. I hope Fitzgerald has some more novels that I can glorify in. And cry buckets after reading. Because that's what happened with each short story in here.

Imagine a family finding a diamond as big as a mountain and living off that diamond bit by bit over the decades.

Now, a friend of the family's young son has come for a visit and he discovers how the family has hidden its riches - to prevent the diamond prices from plummeting - how they still employ slave labor well into the 20th century, and how they lead their life.

Is it a social critique of the glitzy 20s or merely a good story? I find it to be both.

The other stories in this collection are also
I've never been much of a Fitzgerald's fan, but I have to admit he knows how to play the words and in these stories we get a good look at how well he does it. It's better than a sound of the piano tenderly following the keyboard as it plays Fur Elise or the way nature blooms into spring as easily as it becomes naked wtih winter. I strongly recommend this one collection of tales. Instead of reading Tender is the Night and become quite unimpressed(it is a little like reading a gossip magazine with ...more
Muhammad Nusair
عنميتشين أهلك يا فيتزجيرالد
I thought I wanted to read more F. Scott Fitzgerald when I was biking through the South of France a few weeks ago and kept recognizing the names of towns from, I think, Tender is the Night. So I borrowed this book from someone in Barcelona when I was feeling too lazy to read Spanish. The short stories didn't do much for me and I am trying to remember if I actually liked the book that took place on the Cote d'Azur...
Fitzgerald's ability to make you involved and interested in the lives of his characters in such a short span is truly remarkable. Furthermore, his depiction of interpersonal relationships is beyond accurate and fascinating.
The Cut-Glass Bowl 8/10 - Found it a bit too depressing, but beyond interesting.
May Day 10/10 - Held my interest to the last word. All the characters are connected in unexpected ways.
The Diamond as Big as the Ritz 9/10 - Wonderfully described. Contains an interesting idea tha
Marcos Junior
F. Scott Fitzgerald foi um dos melhores contistas da América, junto com nomes como Henry James e Ernest Hemingway. Sua obra retratou uma era, a que precedeu ao crash de 1929, período marcado por extraordinário enriquecimento de parte da sociedade americana. Milionários surgiram da noite para o dia, muitas vezes com fortunas de origem muito suspeita. É preciso lembrar que vivia-se a lei seca, período que gerou muitas oportunidade de negócio. Nesse contexto, o olhar de Fitzgerald se virou para os ...more
I had already read some of the stories in this book, so Ill only comment on the ones I had not.
"An alcoholic case" was my favorite, if only because of the last scene in the bathroom. Personification of death is such a cliché, but here it chilled me to my bones. The sentence "death was in that corner he was looking" ringed in my ears long after Id finished reading.
"Crazy Sunday" stood out for me because of its setting. I love Fitzgeralds New York stories, but theres something about the novelty of
Fitzgerald's delicious writing style combined with a sharp eye for a character and a scene makes his short stories a deeply satisfying read.
"It was getting very dark now, a crispness settled in the air; a little gust of wind sent down a last spray of leaves. Roxanne shivered slightly.
'We'd better go in.'
He looked at his watch.
'It's late. I've got to be leaving. I go East tomorrow.'
'Must you?'
They lingered for a moment just below the stoop, watching a moon that seemed full of snow float out of th
Aug 04, 2014 badrawy rated it 4 of 5 stars
مجموعة قصص قصيرة رائعة
اجملهم لى الشئ المعقول
والإستعداد الطويل للخروج
وأيضا ماسة فى حجم فندق الريتز
والتقى بها بعد عام وخمس أشهر فجلس كل منهم أمام الآخر متقابلين فى المكان المعتاد لهم و تحدثت وصوتها به شئ من الهدوء ، ولم يتخيل أن صوته أيضا به هذا الهدوء...
وتحدثا عما حدث فى فترة الغياب ...
وسألها هل أحببتى غيرى؟
_لا ..لم أحب غيرك
وماذا تغير بك يا عزيزى ؟
_لا شئ قد تكون "الحياة".
_الحياة .
_وماذا عنك ؟
_لا شئ جديد مللت الإنتظار .
_هل لى بطلب أن تجلسى بحضنى و أضمك كما تعودنا ،أريد أن احكى لكى عما حدث لى
Having read 'The Great Gatsby' last summer amidst the Hollywood hype, I was a least partially acquainted with Fitzgerald's works. This collection of short stories was a very enjoyable read on the whole and provided an excellent pastime as I travelled around Europe. Of the stories included:

The Cut-Glass Bowl 6/10
May Day 10/10
The Diamond as Big as the Ritz 9/10
The Rich Boy 9/10
Crazy Sunday 8/10
An Alcoholic Case 7/10
The Lees of Happiness 9/10

I certainly had my favourites - including the names
The literary equivalent of a handful of diamonds. "The Offshore Pirate" was my favorite but they were all wonderful: "The Diamond As Big As the Ritz," "The Ice Palace," "Bernice Bobs Her Hair," "The Jelly-bean," "May Day." Fitzgerald's genius is evident in his short stories more than in any of his novels (save Gatsby, of course).
This collection, in my opinion, offers a great selection of Fitzgerald's short stories from different periods, which, therefore, explore, or complement, most of the major thematic concerns that made his novels so famous.

While Fitzgerald was not too proud of his short stories, he criticized 'May Day' for example, in his Preface to 'Tales of the Jazz Age', complaining that he was unsuccessful in interweaving the story's segments into one fluent whole, they are still much more than just an enterta
Aug 05, 2007 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Whitney
A Diamond As Big As the Ritz is my favorite F. Scott story. I think you'll see why.
The book contains nine of the many short stories written by F Scott Fitzgerald. Through each of them run common themes of wealth, drunkenness, relationships and moral corruption. Add to this Fitzgerald's propensity for caustic and scathing cynicism,and what you are left with is a collection of stories that places you in the midst of an emotional train wreck.

Despite their exorbitant wealth, many of Fitzgerald's characters remain easy to identify with, most notably, as Fitzgerald constantly drives
I like a lot of these stories so far!

The Diamond as Big as the Ritz: I enjoyed this story about the young man who went to visit his mysterious friend out West. It's crazy how the author creates characters whose ethics are a little twisted. This isn't the only story with such characters. In this case, the father of the Western friend allows his children to invite friends to stay with them in the summer in their secret home, knowing that he cannot release them back to normal civilization after th
This story bored me for the first 2/3 of it. A character, John, comes from Hades, Mississippi. His parents send him to a school in Boston, where he meets Percy, who claims his father is the wealthiest man in the world. John goes with Percy to meet Percy's family and finds that they live on a mountain made entirely of diamond in Montana that Percy's family has managed to keep excluded from maps. They are waited on hand-and-foot by slaves. Percy's grandfather had managed to convince the slaves tha ...more
I picked up this book just before Baz Luhrmann's latest release. It put me in the mood of reading more F. Scott Fitzgerald, but I didn't feel like doing a reread of The Great Gatsby. Initially, I was looking for This Side of Paradise, after reading about it in Louise Brooks' biography. The book was described as one of the setting stones of the flapper movement. I couldn't find it and I thought that short stories weren't a bad idea for a further introduction to Fitzgerald's style.
For someone who
Mahmoud Hussain


ماسه في حجم فندق الريتز وقصص أخري تتكون الروايه من عدة قصص :
1- ماسه في حجم فندق الريتز
2- الاستعداد الطويل للخروج
3- بيرنايس تجعل شعرها قصيرا
4- حفلة الاطفال
5- الشئ المعقول
6- رواسب السعادة
7- أغفاءة جريتشن
في قصة" ماسة في حجم فندق الريتز "فقد تطرأ سكوت فتزجيرالد الي عادة مهمة جدا في الامريكان هو ان الامريكي شخص طيب , فقد كان برادوك واشنطون (والد بيرسي واشنطن)شخصا طيبا مع العلم ان
Ellen Pierson
A Diamond as Big as the Ritz was actually my least favorite short story from this collection. It sort of reminded me of that one Mark Twain story, the long one about the little boys in Germany that he wrote shortly before his death when he was quite cynical and bitter. The Mysterious Stranger, I think it was. They aren’t really the same, the two stories, but both are rather dark and fantastical. The other stories in the collection were more grounded and spoke to me a bit more. I liked the first ...more
Having read The Great Gatsby some years ago, and been unable (in spades) to understand the fuss, I thought to give a further chance to F. Scott Fitzgerald. Sometimes, I thought, a writer you dislike from years back says something to you when read years later. Sorry to say, with The Diamond as Big as the Ritz and Other Stories, in the Books Box Jury all three of my votes come decidedly down on the MISS side.

The Cut Glass Bowl is a bowl given to Mrs Harold Piper as a malicious wedding gift by an
This was a nice little collection of five short stories written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. All were set in the Jazz Age of the 1920s. Fitzgerald gives us a feel of that bygone era by telling tales about students and young adults making their way though the life of parties, romance, and rivalries. There is a mix of humor, angst, and sadness within these pages. I especially liked The Diamond as Big as the Ritz and Bernice Bobs Her Hair. Ice Palace was pretty good too. But May Day and The Bowl just di ...more
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“Under the stars,' she repeated. 'I never noticed the stars before. I always thought of them as great big diamonds that belonged to someone. Now they frighten me. They make me feel that it was all a dream, all my youth.'

It was a dream,' said John quietly. 'Everybody's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness.'

How pleasant then to be insane!'

So I'm told,' said John gloomily. 'I don't know any longer. At any rate, let us love for a while, for a year or so, you and me. That's a form of divine drunkenness that we can all try. There are only diamonds in the whole world, diamonds and perhaps the shabby gift of disillusion. Well, I have that last and I will make the usual nothing of it.”
“It is youth’s felicity as well as its insufficiency that it can never live in the present, but must always be measuring up the day against its own radiantly imagined future” 40 likes
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