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The Ice Palace

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The Ice Palace is a classic short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This story can also be found in the Flappers & Philosophers collection, ISBN 978-1-60355-122-0.
Paperback, 30 pages
Published May 21st 2009 by Juniper Grove (first published 1920)
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Brian
3.5 - I like Fitzgerald's style. I wondered if the people who wrote the screenplay Sweet Home Alabama were inspired by this short story. The story reflects the tension that remained between North and South U.S. many years after the war. A Southern girl falls for a Northerner, and tells the guys in town they're great but not what she's looking for. My favorite part showed tension building up between the two as the guy made mean comments about Southerners and made her mad. I liked seeing her mad b ...more
Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
Better than the previous read.. The story is about a girl who feels that she'll be stuck if she continues to live in the south and moves on to the north with a boy she thinks she is in love with.. Only when she reaches north does she realize the false pretense of the people there.. She feels that the women there is nothing but 'glorified domestics.' She finds herself in the midst of a men-oriented society. Being born and brought up in the wild and green south,she is unable to cope with this, and ...more
Isadora
Oct 13, 2015 Isadora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Fitzgerald is surprisingly good when his main character is a woman, it takes him farther away from his own head, I suppose. Though his prose is always perfect as far as I'm concerned, his tendency to write the same story over and over can get tiresome, and thankfully this was not the case here. The Ice Palace is a story about a southern girl, warm and vivacious, who thinks she has to get away from it all and go North. The winter and the cold personalities she finds there lead her to question tha ...more
Tricia
Jan 27, 2014 Tricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me, plot line is secondary with Fitzgerald because I just get lost in his words. His prose is beautiful. It's that simple.
Cathy
Aug 26, 2015 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to read it 3 times to imagine what was really happening. Carrol was a young lady who was engaged at a young age, the age of 19. She was from the South and Clark was from the North. When going to an event in the North, Carrol notice the things that people were saying about the Southerners. Clark describe the Southerners as lazy and useless people. Her fiance claimed that he was NOT calling her lazy because he said that she did NOT fit into that category. In that event,she had met a professo ...more
Clarence Bucaro
Nov 09, 2015 Clarence Bucaro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice short story! Beautiful snowy images
Lindsay
Great descriptive writing - beautiful and concise. The heroine is juvenile and unlikable.
Jessica
1. I'm on page four and I love it already. The prose is beautiful so far! I am somewhat familiar with Fitz quotes and I just found "I want to live where things happen on a big scale" - the find definitely made me smile.
This may be a little premature to say, but I feel I connect with Sally so much; with her ambition, her melancholy about leaving her loved ones behind, her hunger for something more than small town life, even if the summer days are half as beautiful as Fitz describes them. I hope
...more
Afnan
May 05, 2013 Afnan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
قصر الجليد هي قصة قصيرة لسكوترفيتزجيرالد كاتب غاتسبي العظيم the great gatsby و the curious case of Benjamin Button و المعروف بانتقاده الشديد للحياة المادية و محاولاته لكشف زيف" الحلم الامريكي ". تتحدث القصة عن شخصية قروية تعيش صراعاً داخلياً ، يسكنها جانبان القروي الخامل المسالم البسيط و و الجانب المفعم الحياة .ببساطة و عفوية تعبر سالي ان كل ما تريده هو ما تنتفع به عندما يحين ذلك الوقت الذي تعود فيه جميلة كما كانت. تنتقل سالي من الجنوب الزراعي إلى الشمال حيث المدنية و الحضارة و تصطدم حينها بالحي ...more
Brittany Z
Oct 26, 2015 Brittany Z rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its a F. Scott Fitzgetald short story, so of course there is some great descriptions and lines. The story focuses on the main female character, a young southern belle, who is preparing to marry a northerner. She is a little dim-witted and naive looking to be taken care and taken away to a place more exciting than her current home. When she visits the north, she feels out of place and lonely, and soon realizes that maybe home isn't so bad after all.
Rebecca Timberlake
I had a vague idea of what this story was about, but had never read any of it. I wouldn't say it's in my top favorites from Fitzgerald, but it was still an interesting story with a dark turn or two, so I enjoyed it.
Kerrif
Aug 05, 2015 Kerrif rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1900s
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Lorraine
Mar 09, 2015 Lorraine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it, short and I was looking forward to getting to Sally Carrol... But I absolutely Loved...
Tristen Weyer
This is a cute little short story if you want a quick read.
Kianna Fisher
Short story, pretty quick read! Very good though!
Glen
Apr 25, 2014 Glen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bril ... You never know what you had until it's gone ...
Jim
Dated, of course. Enjoyed ICE PALACE and DIAMOND AS BIG AS THE RITZ the most.
Gabi
Jul 02, 2014 Gabi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yeee
Kevin Schuster
Jan 17, 2014 Kevin Schuster rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first story that turned me on to the great writing of F. Scott Fitzgerald and I have never turned back.
Ben
Mar 19, 2011 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-lit
I have dozens left to read, but "The Ice Palace" is my favorite so far. Fitzgerald's style forcefully boasts of its superiority with a sympathetic tone for the Southern spirit. The culture of the North is a rudely industrial and lifeless character compared to the lackadaisical yet spirited character of the South. The climax is unmercifully chilling but the resolution brings a spring thaw to a sweltering summer daze.
Marts  (Thinker)
Another Fitzgerald story but this one hasn't much of a plot... A young southern girl called Sally Carol is engaged to a northern guy called Harry, Harry invites Sally to spend a month up north and its during this time that she sort of develops some second thoughts about their getting married...
Eric
Jan 13, 2013 Eric rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't enjoy Fitzgerald in high school, and this story did not make me feel any different. The dryness of the narration was so off-putting that it made me not want to finish. If this wasn't an assignment for school, I would have dropped it after the first 3 pages.
Tabatha
Mar 16, 2013 Tabatha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Kind of boring to read, so I made my google browser widget read it to me, works better that way. I was able to comprehend a whole lot more that way. Not one of his better stories in my opinion. The Great Gatsby was a lot better than this short story for sure.
Laura
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"The Ice Palace" is a modernist short story written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and published in The Saturday Evening Post, 22 May 1920.
Sierra
Nov 09, 2011 Sierra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Forced to read, but not forced to enjoy. I didnt like the Great Gatsby and this "southerner' talkn'" is not accurate to an annoyingly high level.
Sara McCann
The main character reminded me of myself. Growing up in Florida where it never reaches lower than 30 degrees, I'd be very sad to leave the warmth.
Laura Clark
I liked the symbolism, north v. south and all that. Another reminder that the grass is Never greener!
Prashant
Jun 12, 2012 Prashant rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book, short-story
"It was a miracle of rare device, A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!"
Hicham
it's a good short story for me as a biginer in learning english.
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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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“I’m not sure what I’ll do, but— well, I want to go places and see people. I want my mind to grow. I want to live where things happen on a big scale.” 260 likes
“Clark," she said softly, "I wouldn't change you for the world.
You're sweet the way you are. The things that'll make you fail
I'll love always-- the living in the past, the lazy days and
nights you have, and all your carelessness and generosity.”
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