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The Offshore Pirate
From time to time there was the bright flare of a match as one of them lighted a cigarette, but except for the low undertone of the throbbing engines and the even wash of the waves about the stern the yacht was quiet as a dream boat star-bound through the heavens. Round them flowed the smell of the night sea, bringing with it an infinite languor.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing
(first published 1920)
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I decided to read this short story not only because Scott is one of my favorite writers but also because some fans of the show "Once Upon a Time" pointed out some similarites between Ardita & Carlyle to Emma & Hook in the show. Being a fan of that paring I totally saw it and it made me love this story even more. I know I'd love this story anyway because I love Scott's "The Great Gatsby" & "Tender is the Night" and this story was just great!!! :D I loved it and now another favorite of ...more
"The Offshore Pirate" is sublimely entertaining, almost of a Shakespearean quality. I don't know how much I'd like to dig into it except to say that Fitzgerald designs exceptional heroines who seem to throw off social convention with ease for the sake of a weightless, unburdened freedom of spirit and character. The men seem powerless to affect their own fates from the feminine influence.
OK, I actually listed to the Classic Tales Podcast reading of this story, but that just wasn't an option on the goodreads list. The language, of course, is beautiful. The racial epithets are enough to strike this story from most school reading lists, I'm sure, and that it what it is. The story itself circles around themes of identity, pride, and escapism.
The language in this is gorgeous and the main character, Ardita, made me SO angry but that's what shows you it's a good story: when you get emotionally frazzled by the characters. I was a little disappointed with the ending, I kind of wanted it to end sadly, but no, turns out it was all a joke. That pushed my buttons a bit. But it was cute :)
I struggle with this one. If we isolate the romance (minus the ending), it's quite entertaining. Ardita is an interesting character that avoids being annoying. And trust me, she had all the fixings to be annoying. She's rich, cocky, self-centered, etc. So what's the problem? Oh, well at the end she finds out that the "pirate" is really a rich boy who deceived her the whole time, and she's not only okay with that but wants him to always lie to her. Pretty problematic, no? And that problem is smal ...more
Jazz stories/ the revolt of the Angels/ you can lie to me by the moonlight/ all life is a progression towards or a recession from one phrase. I love you. On a sea that was a blue dream and beneath a sky as blue as the irises of children's eyes-- you can almost hear the mermaids as they comb their silver dripping curls under the moon and gossiped to each other of the fine wrecks they lived in on the green opalescent avenues below.
I listened to this novella today. It was funny and representative off the 1920's. The protagonist was sassy and attempting to buck the aristocratic expectations of her genre. What shocked me is- despite her protestations- she still solely relied on her beauty and body as her sole means of financial survival- meaning finding a rich man to pay her way.
Jul 06, 2015 Rebecca Timberlake rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
I remember glancing at this a few years ago when I took a class on Fitzgerald, but this particular short story wasn't required reading, so I decided not to add more than necessary to my reading list. I'm glad I decided to pick it back up and finish it, though. It was cute and fun, quite a bit different from what I've come to expect from Fitzgerald.
Feb 25, 2014 Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors) rated it really liked it
That was a really unexpected ending. I felt so jealous of Ardita's pride that I wanted to see it broken,deep in my mind.(cruel me.!!) It's a fantastic way to win a girl's heart. Nice plot combined with Fitzgerald's flowery dialogues makes it a perfect romantic treat..
Short and clever story of a spoiled rich girl, Ardita who determined to run off with a man the family dislikes. She refuses all her uncle's attempts to introduce her to more acceptable young men. One evening the yacht upon which she is staying is overtaken by a group of seven men who bring on board several bags and sail the yacht off to a hidden cove on an island. Ardita is drawn to the leader and even considers running off with the daring young man.
Fitzgerald's prose leave beautiful echoes in one's mind as a page is turned. Ardita, a spoiled young diva is seen on her uncle's boat. As her vacation continues, the boat is hijacked by a group of pirates. Excited and shocked, Ardita spends more time with the captain of this new crew and falls in love.
I just loved this story by F Scott Fitzgerald. A spoiled rich girl, a whitty pirate, and a tropical island= the best "modernday (in fitzgerald's time) pirate" short story ever. I had to read one story out of a collection of Fitzgeralds short stories for schole and boy am I glad I picked this one!
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 ...moreMore about F. Scott Fitzgerald...
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“why shouldn't he? All life is just a progression toward and then a recession from one phrase-- 'I love you”
“slowly she spread her arms and stood there swan-like, radiating a pride in her young perfection that lit a warm glow in Carlyle's heart. "We're going through the black air with our arms wide," she called, "and our feet straight out behind like a dolphin's tail, and we're going to think we'll never hit the silver down there till suddenly it'll be all warm round us and full of little kissing, caressing waves." Then she was in the air, and Carlyle involuntarily held his breath. He had not realized that the dive was nearly forty feet. It seemed an eternity before he heard the swift compact sound as she reached the sea. And it was with his glad sigh of relief when her light watery laughter curled up the side of the cliff and into his anxious ears that he knew he loved her.”More quotes…