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Babylon Revisited And Other Stories

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F Scott Fitzgerald's stories defined the 1920s 'Jazz Age' generation, with their glittering dreams and tarnished hopes. In these three tales of a fragile recovery, a cut-glass bowl and a life lost, Fitzgerald portrays, in exquisite prose and with deep human sympathy, the idealism of youth and the ravages of success.
Hardcover, 253 pages
Published January 1st 1971 by Charles Scribner's Sons (first published 1931)
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Wildplumb
Jan 02, 2012 Wildplumb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ten stories that are masterfully created, but I will focus solely on one: Babylon Revisited.
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
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Jesse
Over the years I've come to realize that my first encounter with "Babylon Revisited" is a crucial reason why I've developed a tendency toward preemptive nostalgia. Even at the moments I'm most blissfully content there's a part of my mind always already mourning the fact any present happiness is destined to quickly slip into the past tense. This line in particular has emblazoned itself into my memory, and still makes me shiver: "I didn't realize it, but the days came along one after another, and ...more
Jenny
Aug 29, 2014 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love F. Scott Fitzgerald, and it makes me sad that I've already read all his novels, but I'm happy that he wrote so many short stories for me to enjoy. I like this collection because the first story, "The Ice Palace," was written in 1920, pre-Gatsby, and the last one, "The Long Way Out," was 1937, when Zelda was already in the sanitarium, and Scott already lived in California. His writing is drastically different as is his subject matter. The book is a great cross section of a great writer's c ...more
Samantha
Feb 25, 2009 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i can't find my exact copy of what i purchased from half priced books, so i'll just claim i'm reading the same one that jamie read. this book is so old. it smells like 1955, and the pages are a sickly yellow-brown. i cannot wait. for the stories of course.

of course.

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
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Andy Miller
Aug 08, 2015 Andy Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Fitzgerald short stories in this collection were selected well after Fitzgerald's death so do not reflect a particular time in his life or career; indeed the first story, the Ice Palace, was written in 1920 well before Gatsby was written and the last three, Babylon Revisited, Crazy Sunday and The Long Way Out, were written in 1931, 1932, and 1937 respectively-after the roaring twenties that is so closely associated with Fitzgerald and after America's great depression and also after Fitzgeral ...more
Naoms
The writing is A plus and filled with the usual genius, but not even my beloved F. Scott Fitzgerald can make me love short stories. I always feel bereft, wanting more. Needing to know more about characters, story, details, etc. Just too short. I need fullsize novels, but I am glad I read this, I have some new favorite quotes.

Like...
Nothing affects them," he thought. "Stocks rise and fall, people loaf or work, but they go on forever.

and...

"I spoiled this city for myself. I didn't realize it, but
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Mandi
“The Ice Palace” was an interesting play on the cultural differences that once existed between the north and the south. Being in the DR in the Peace Corps while reading this, it made me think of how easily the story could be told between someone from the DR and an American.

“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
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Jessica
Dec 12, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Begin with an individual, and before you know it you find that you have created a type; begin with a type, and find that you have created—nothing. That is because we are all queer fish, queerer behind our faces and voices than we want any one to know or than we know ourselves. When I hear a man proclaiming himself an "average, honest, open fellow," I feel pretty sure that he has some definite and perhaps terrible abnormality which he has agreed to conceal—and his protestation of being average a ...more
Benny Beauch
Goddamn, this is a good one. Every story in this collection is worth a read. His prose is just so thick and delicious, like fatty french food. He is great at showing the downsides of being rich, the things that it takes away from you as a person, but he is also so good at showing how seductive it is. He creates some incredible, complicated, characters that are just so fully human, you can't decide if you like them or not because they have so much good and so much bad in them at once. I'm thinkin ...more
Lizzie
Mar 08, 2015 Lizzie marked it as to-read-off-my-shelf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: used-book, own
Found a 1960 school-bound edition (stamped by Framingham High School, sorry Massachusetts) at Babbo's Books today. Actually, I cannot claim to have found it; the owner's mom Louise dug it up for me when I was looking for Gatsby. Well if you insist! We talked about how much we love the title story, and she said her most favorite was "The Rich Boy." Well, I will read it.
Tricia
Sep 18, 2013 Tricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always pull Fitzgerald or Hemingway off my bookshelf when I'm in between library books. Re-visiting the classics as an adult that I originally read as a teen is like discovering an entirely new story. We change, and evolve, our perspective is different. The depth of character that Fitzgerald can produce in just a small amount of pages has always impressed me, and, like Hemingway, his beautifully worded descriptions of time and place are what draw me in. I am a woman of detail, after all!
Kevin
Jul 12, 2007 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The stories collected here move chronologically from his early years to his later. As he gets closer to his death, the stories get shorter, more depressing, and less interesting. The first half of the book is full of writing that actually puts Great Gatsby to shame. Stories like May Day and A Diamond As Big as the Ritz are among some of the best works i've ever read. If only all the stories had been this good.
Elizabeth
Aug 11, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, it was wonderfully funny, gorgeous use of language, absolutely drenched in the period, so insightful of the human condition. I read it after I had seen the Woody Allen film, Midnight in Paris. It is a book of short stories and to my shame I have never read any of Scott Fitzgerald's full length novels, but this experience has made me determine to.
Sioned Raybould
You can read The Great Gatsby and wonder at Fitzgerald's literary genius, you could read This Side of Paradise and follow the young blossoming author through his early works, or you could read Tender Is The Night and marvel whilst breaking your heart over the semi-autobiographical work which more or less foreshadowed Fitzgerald's downfall into alcoholism, but reading these 12 short stories will place you on an emotional roller coaster and pluck at your emotions until the very last page.

Fitzgeral
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Lauren
May 01, 2014 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read more than half of F. Scott's body of work, and this collection is true to my overall feel of his work. There are moments when I am indifferent or downright loathe his scenes, yet overall I find myself in love and can't pull myself away. The only story I didn't care much for was "Diamond as Big as the Ritz," but my reasons for disliking it aren't a very sound judgement of his talents. The inhumanity of the story left a bad taste in my mouth, which I know was it's aim, and in doing so ma ...more
Josh
Jun 05, 2011 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Much as I love 'Gatsby', Fitzgerald's short stories (even the ones he wrote in a desperate cash grab) are his best works. He is an underrated master of short fiction.
Shana
Aug 23, 2008 Shana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recommended
Every sentence is pure quality. Definitely worth reading, even if it's over a few years, one story at a time.
David
Jun 20, 2011 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gets a five for the title story alone, my favorite thing Fitzgerald ever wrote.
Heather
Apr 30, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like F Scott Fitzgerald quite a bit more than my high school self. Who knew?
Rachel
Jun 05, 2014 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Diamond as Big as the Ritz" was a fascinating, almost sci-fi commentary on the corruption of wealth. The rest of the stories seemed like chapters Fitzgerald wrote for his novels, but then decided they were too crappy, so he sold them to magazines for bar money. More commentary of the corruption of wealth, but in much less interesting ways. That said, I did really enjoy "Babylon Revisited" (the story itself, not the collection). It seemed like an addition to Gatsby--kind of a what would have ...more
Lola
I have only read the title story, not the collection, but I would not mind reading more Fitzgerald short stories. Like seemingly everyone else, I enjoyed The Great Gatsby, but I think Fitzgerald's strengths lied in short fiction. I loved Winter Dreams, and I really liked Babylon Revisited.

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
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K. M.
Dec 04, 2014 K. M. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In Fitzgerald’s Babylon Revisited, women are erratic and emotional perpetual children who are incomplete without the guidance and oversight of men. At the outset, Charlie treads lightly around his sister-in-law Marion so as not to arouse undue emotion from her: “He greeted Marion with his voice pitched carefully.” With Lincoln (Marion’s husband), Charlie “clasped hands in a friendly way” sans the need to monitor his approach.
There is some indication of the social influence of gender roles durin
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Realini
Babylon Revisited by Scott F. Fitzgerald

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
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Neal
Oct 09, 2013 Neal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dear loyal goodreads followers,
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
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Adam
Jan 31, 2011 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I'll ever find another writer whose prose can be so lyrical and beautiful that I often marvel with both awe and jealousy as I read it. Fitzgerald is a brilliant writer (both Gatsby and Tender is the Night rank amongst my very favorites) and it shows even in his lesser works as even in stories that are poorly plotted or feature cardboard characters, there is still something in the writing that makes them worth reading.

There are ten stories in this collection, and of them, I found on
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Rowland Bismark
May 17, 2010 Rowland Bismark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Inescapability of the Past

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
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Stefanie
I have to say, I was a tad disappointed in this. After rekindling my love for Fitzgerald last week, I was really looking forward to reading short stories. It seemed like the perfect thing! I loved The Great Gatsby and I love short stories- what could go wrong?

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
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Danielle
The same themes as The Great Gatsby were repeated throughout the short stories in this collection, but it didn't feel formulaic to me, so I don't fault Fitzgerald for it. Although, it was too depressing to read quickly. I could only handle one story every few days. Anyway, it seems weird to review a whole collection of stories as one book, so here ya go:
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
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Suzlizjohnson
Jan 15, 2010 Suzlizjohnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


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
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Riley Young
Fitzgerald wrote Babylon Revisited around the time of the Great Depression. Many people of the time went bankrupt and turned to bad habits such as drinking. The author wrote this as entertainment and the journey of one man finding himself and building him back up in order to reunite with his daughter. Charlie fell into his habitual drinking after he and his wife had controversies. A possible theme of the book is wealth. Charlie is said to have money whereas Marion and Lincoln are not so blessed. ...more
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Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American writer of novels and short stories, whose works have been seen as evocative of the Jazz Age, a term he himself allegedly coined. He is regarded as one of the greatest twentieth century writers. Fitzgerald was of the self-styled "Lost Generation," Americans born in the 1890s who came of age during World War I. He finished four novels, left a fifth unfini ...more
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