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3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  383 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Includes:

The Rich Boy --
The Bridal Party --
The Last of the Belles.

Fitzgerald's short story "The Rich Boy" (like his novel The Great Gatsby) utilizes an outside narrator to tell the story of a wealthy protagonist in a sympathetic but still somewhat distanced way. Here the protagonist is Anson Hunter, a well-to-do young New Yorker, who would seem to have the whole world ahea
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Paperback, Re-print 2005, 96 pages
Published 2003 by Hesperus Press (first published 1930)
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Tracy
Nov 11, 2011 Tracy rated it it was amazing
Out of his collections of short stories, “The Rich Boy” is one of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s best pieces. Today the tale might be called a short novella; it has also been deemed a psychological study of the advantaged. It is the story of a young man born into wealth and how he responds to love, relationships and issues of money and status within his upper-class, 5th Avenue inner-circle.

Fitzgerald begins by depicting rich people almost as if they are a separate race – “they are different,” the narrat
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Steven
This collection includes three stories - The Rich Boy, The Bridal Party, and The Last of the Belles - as well as a very nice introduction by John Updike, who shares the history of a little spat between Fitzgerald and Hemingway that was apparently instigated by a line in The Rich Boy. This line, which according to Fitzgerald scholar Matthew J. Bruccoli is one of Fitzgerald's "most promiscuously misquoted sentences", is about the rich and reads: “They are different from you and me.” Hemingway, in ...more
Chris
Apr 29, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
Where Gatsby explores the concept of wealth and class from the point of view of the outsider---for no matter how much wealth Gatsby amasses, no matter how lavish his parties, no matter how desired his company, he will never be truly accepted because, as Fitzgerald hammers home in this novella just like he did in Gatsby---the rich are different than we are. Even if they lose their wealth, they are still different. The distinction goes deeper than bank account balances. It is a more existential th ...more
Laura Little
Fitzgerald writes best when he hews close to what he knows: privileged society men whose personal misfortunes stem primarily from misapprehending some key life wisdom. For Gatsby, it was that his Daisy was but a whisper of the past (incidentally, Judy Jones in 'Winter Dreams' serves a similar purpose, although more flesh-and-blood yet with less likability); for Anson of 'The Rich Boy', it was that a woman would, if pushed, marry another rich boy. Fitzgerald's writing here is more observational, ...more
Alex Sarll
Because summer's kiss is fading, and even when you're not a great enthusiast for summer, that always evokes a certain melancholy, I felt the need for some Fitzgerald. But not Tender is the Night, not yet, because once I've read that there are no more novels. And my mammoth selection of his shorts is wonderful, but not really something to slip in one's pocket and read in the twilight by the waterside, or perching in the acid grassland, so finding this slim edition of three stories in the library ...more
Rafa
Jun 22, 2016 Rafa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Insustancial. Creo que abandono a este escritor que me deslumbro en Gatsby.
Cata
Aug 19, 2014 Cata rated it it was amazing
Shelves: awesome
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Jose Miguel
Jun 20, 2016 Jose Miguel rated it really liked it
This was one of the tales I thought it'll be quote different, but no. Fitzgerald keeps obsessing with unreachable women and heartbreakers, but to be fair, its not something I'll complain about. The Rich Boy is an interesting take on the seek of romance and the need to be loved by the right woman, even if she doesn't feel the same about you, and that is something we all men can relate, at least at some points of our life. His clever and bohemian narrative does help giving this tragedy a delight s ...more
Ben
Apr 14, 2011 Ben rated it really liked it
"They are different from you and me."

This is the centerpiece of Fitzgerald's novella. It's a trap. People start comparing themselves to the rich, as "you and me", and naturally, not being rich, we see the negative differences. They are pompous (because we are not). They are spoiled (and we are not). Etcetera. As empirically hypocritical as it is, like any bigotry, it is blinding. There is absolutely nothing unbiased or fair about comparing the rich and the not rich so I doubt we'll ever realize
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Calvertjones
Mar 21, 2013 Calvertjones rated it liked it
The Rich Boy is an excellent short story/novella, which has some of the ambience and narrative devices of The Great Gatsby, but is, in some ways, more nuanced and clinical in tone. As with TGG, the story is told by a largely "off screen" narrator, a friend to the rich and famous. He starts the story like an anthropologist studying a foreign tribe, admitting as much in saying that those who are "born rich" really are like a foreign population that you need to study in order to understand. This is ...more
Mike Mclachlan
Feb 18, 2016 Mike Mclachlan rated it it was amazing
"For a long time afterwards Anson believed that a protective God sometimes interfered in human affairs. But Dolly Karger, lying awake and staring at the ceiling, never again believed in anything at all." p. 27

"I don't think he was ever happy unless someone was in love with him, responding to him like filings to a magnet, helping him to explain himself, promising him something. What it was I do not know. Perhaps they promised that there would always be women in the world who would spend their bri
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Sophia
Aug 09, 2016 Sophia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
As in most short story collections, there are several mediocre stories within this one in particular, but many contain the classic Fitzgerald commentary on the suffering and truth the people of America, and the world, have and will always face.
Sarah
Dec 30, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
After beginning to study the Great Gatsby I wanted to read more of F. Scott. Fitzgerald's work to get a real idea of how his writing style works and thought that his short stories were the best place to start.
Kevin Schuster
Jan 17, 2014 Kevin Schuster rated it really liked it
His creation of characters (likable and hated) is a treat in this story. However, I can't remember the ending or the importance of the ending; but the book has a great message about the results of being raised a certain way.
Daniel Feeney
Jan 29, 2015 Daniel Feeney rated it it was amazing
My favorite Fitzgerald
Kerrif
Apr 21, 2016 Kerrif rated it liked it
Shelves: 1900s, audio
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Mahira
May 01, 2014 Mahira rated it it was amazing
BOOK 19 is amazing
Wilde Sky
Jun 26, 2011 Wilde Sky rated it really liked it
Set in the first part of the twentieth century, these three short stories deal with the recurring themes of money, love, lost opportunities and aging. The best of the three is the 'The Last of the Belles'.

The three stories as a whole are moving and thought provoking - definitely worth reading for anyone approaching middle age (which, when these stories was written, appeared to be considered thirty years old) or wondering about middle age regrets.
Valerie
Nov 29, 2015 Valerie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 2015-s-fav
The best short story ever! Scott Fitzgerald give us the best! Talks about the story of a rich boy, but it's completely different as we asume it gonna be. I loved Anson and how Scott show the human character, the force of the affections, amazing
Ian
Aug 01, 2011 Ian added it
Three fairly similar themes to these three stories - presumably linked together in this collection for that very reason. As always with Fitzgerald, really well written.
Mary Alice
Mar 09, 2012 Mary Alice rated it really liked it
Novelette,really a long short story. Bleak young life of a spoiled young man destined to be uncle and godparent to all, but nobody to anyone.
Ada Iye
Dec 06, 2011 Ada Iye rated it really liked it
Love love love F Scott Fitzgerald. 3 beautiful short stories with their wonderfully sketched inevitably fraught, relationship-conflicted men.
Ana
Jun 23, 2013 Ana rated it really liked it
The more I read Fitzgerald`s work, the more I realise it is not about the loss of love, but about the loss of illusion. ...more
Arvid Steyaert
Mar 30, 2013 Arvid Steyaert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Man man, nen echten Stiewman!!! Machtige schrijver
Manna
Jan 10, 2013 Manna rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
I think I feel a bit like Paula Legendre..
Jeanne
Jun 24, 2014 Jeanne rated it really liked it
OK. That was sad.
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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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