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Anthony and Gloria are the essence of Jazz Age glamour. A brilliant and magnetic couple, they fling themselves at life with an energy that is thrilling. New York is a playground where they dance and drink for days on end. Their marriage is a passionate theatrical performance; they are young, rich, alive and lovely and they intend to inherit the earth.

But as money becomes t
Paperback, 364 pages
Published 2004 by Penguin Modern Classics (first published 1922)
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May 02, 2010 Brian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A deeply flawed book. A good amount of editing would've greatly improved this book. However, Fitzgerald was coming off his huge success with "This Side of Paradise", so the publisher allowed him to publish this very uneven piece of work. This was the final Fitzgerald novel that I have read, and by far the worst.

Yes, Fitzgerald writes beautiful prose. Eloquence for its own sake doesn't make a novel. Indulgent eloquence, uneven pacing, unsympathetic characters, a generally poor plot, and a terribl
Jan 21, 2009 Briynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fitzgerald wasn't joking with that title. These people were completely screwed from the moment they hit the page, and it was fascinating to watch it all disintegrate. As I mentioned in the review I just finished for Tender is the Night , I found Anthony and Gloria to be some of the more unsympathetic characters I've encountered lately. They are both vain and shallow and utterly useless people in terms of anything practical. I can't imagine being friends with these people. This book worked for m ...more
May 12, 2011 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was... heavy. I read it in a couple days, but it's so emotionally and mentally exhausting it was just painful most of the time. Fitzgerald almost viciously pulls the rug out any time there's a slight chance of things getting better for Gloria and Anthony who, rather than confronting their flaws and getting their shit together, seem to alternate between wallowing and reveling in their self-destructive boredom and self-pity. It's a study in absolute misery. It reminded me more than a lit ...more
Mar 06, 2012 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, classics
"The Beautiful and Damned" is the perfect title for this novel, as well as for the author's life with his wife Zelda.

This is Fitzgerald's second novel, and he had become wealthy and famous. His protagonist and his wife--Anthony and Gloria Patch--move in a circle of rich, hard-drinking sybarites, who seem to move glibly from party to party. (On the first edition dust jacket, Anthony and Gloria are painted as Scott & Zelda)

Anthony doesn't want to work. After graduating from Harvard, he wander
Nov 17, 2015 Pooja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I went to my friend's room to discuss about songs and movies and there my eyes caught its glimpse.

It's cover and title were eye pleasing that I immediately wanted to finish it up. This was the very thing I wanted at that time.

And This Book found Me.

The story revolves around a couple Anthony Patch and Gloria Gilbert and their 'friends' and is about how their marriage and everything around them falls into abyss because of their idleness and recklessness.

The story told me how much it is really
Feb 20, 2008 Elena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book fascinating and also really problematic. Fitzgerald's class prejudices and racism are on parade, and it's a horrifying parade. It's much less censored than in *Gatsby*, and in that sense it's more interesting. Fitzgerald surveys and mocks different "types," social and racial, and in that catalog we glimpse what moves and terrifies *his* kind. So when his hero and heroine start to come apart, we understand that it's bigger than Anthony's alcoholism or Gloria's spending . . . the ...more
Jennifer Messina

Mi domando se Fitzgerald scrivendo Belli e Dannati non stesse delineando con largo anticipo il crollo della sua esistenza. Mi domando se Fitzgerald, guardandosi allo specchio, non vedesse riflesso lo sguardo sanguinante di Anthony Patch. Mi domando se, rileggendo le parti dedicate alle descrizioni di Gloria, non riscoprisse ogni volta tutto quello che amava e odiava di Zelda.
Se dovessimo rispondere a questi quesiti basandoci sul flusso incalzante, perfetto, naturale della scrittura e sull'eviden
Kat (Lost in Neverland)
May 26, 2013 Kat (Lost in Neverland) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: F. Scot Fitzgerald fans
Recommended to Kat (Lost in Neverland) by: Myself

Anthony is young, lazy, handsome, and bored with the world. He spends his days having meals with his companions, Maury and Richard, and participating in the art of 'doing nothing'. When Richard introduces Anthony to his cousin Gloria, the world is suddenly a bit less boring.
Gloria is beautiful, with childish features and, like Anthony, bored easily. But Anthony is the first man in a long string of dull romances that she does not tire of. The two marry and are at the height of their lives.
But An
May 12, 2007 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fitzgerald left me gasping for breath, depressed at the end of the novel. The demise of Gloria and Anthony Patch and their ill-fated relationship incredibly drawn out. But the intricacies of each character is highly developed. I thought I was actually friends with these characters. It's an excellent read though it's not the most action-packed. I loved the dense descriptives, and the way he portrays Gloria's vanity: "Beauty is only to be admired, only to be loved -- to be harvested carefully and ...more
May 06, 2012 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lisa by: People who wish to be bored to literal tears
I really enjoyed The Great Gatsby so I was looking forward to this, being especially lured in by the fabulous title. Sadly, this turned out to be the only good thing about the book as it turns out that reading about bored, boring people tooling about being bored is incredibly boring. So boring, in fact, that I've even bored myself writing this, so I won't bother with any more.
Chiara Pagliochini
« In questa calamità furono come due pesciolini rossi in una boccia dalla quale fosse stata tolta tutta l’acqua; non riuscivano neanche a nuotare l’uno verso l’altro ».

Non posso dire – ed è bene precisarlo nella prima riga – che questo romanzo si sia fatto leggere con grande simpatia. E non è colpa di Fitzgerald né, tanto meno, della sua penna. La colpa sta, semmai, nell’esser riuscito a comunicare in pieno il suo messaggio: un messaggio di decadenza, di sfacelo morale che lascia il lettore fia
Eric Kinney
Aug 09, 2013 Eric Kinney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" is a novel Im sure everyone is familiar with from high school, and in my case was the only book I ever picked up from the author until I came across "The Beautiful and Damned". Unlike other books that were recommended by friends and acquaintances, reading Fitzgerald's second novel derived from my curiosity for a rarely mentioned era of American history; one encompassing the age of wild jazz, speakeasies, and the notorious flappers. As an author, Fitzgeral
Jun 27, 2007 Afshi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazing
It’s easy to dismiss this book as one of Fitzgerald’s lesser novels, but it’s actually a gem and I like it much more than The Great Gatsby. This follows the lives of two characters as they come together in a time filled with drinking and dancing, and fall apart when vanity and alcoholism take over in later years. The story is extremely descriptive written with meticulous attention to detail, and often moves between being manic; brilliant and exciting, to being depressive with illustrations of ch ...more
As you may know, Reader, I struggled to get through George Eliot's masterpiece (cue massive eyeroll) Middlemarch. Refer to my review for a detailed explanation, or just read the next sentence of this one. It was boring, basically. There isn't really a plot, it's just a description of some people going about their daily lives with nothing very dramatic ever happening. The same can be said of the plot (term is used loosely here) of The Beautiful and Damned: rich people are miserable, make poor mar ...more
Mar 12, 2014 Gitte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys beautiful writing and rich bitches
I’ve always looked on criticism as a sort of envious tribute.
– Gloria Patch

The Dandy, Anthony Patch, falls in love with the most sought-out girl: the beautiful and aloof Gloria. They marry and become the it couple everyone wants to be with. Their nights are full of champagne and parties, and the days are spent in idleness, waiting for the next party to fill the void. Anthony’s inheritance is endangered because of their wildness. What now? They can’t imagine a life without luxury. Nor is Anthony
Jun 13, 2010 Jonfaith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being bulky compared to Scott's other gems, may arouse faint hopes of an epic. The Beautiful and the Damned isn't quite that, but it does plumb the entrails of a relationship. The novel isn't about seltzer and sernades, nor invitations and the celebrity pages. It is about the sweet insomnia of expectations and the early chafing where discord gulps heavily. FSF gnaws within these pages. This isn't Homeric like Tender Is The Night. This is a novel of tingles and unexplained bruises. It is worth mo ...more
Apr 24, 2016 Simona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Iniziamo con il dire che "Belli e dannati" non è affatto un libro scorrevole, in quanto in alcuni punti, è prolisso e ripetitivo, anche a causa del fatto che è una storia statica, in cui sono pochi i colpi di scena.
"Belli e dannati" è il resoconto, la storia di due personaggi, quali Anthony Patch e Gloria Gilbert, nei quali si possono intravedere le figure di Francis Scott Fitzgerald e della moglie, Zelda.
"Belli e dannati" è il crollo delle illusioni, della mancanza di significato della vita, de
Nov 19, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Il secondo romanzo di Fitzgerald, Belli e dannati, affronta l’odissea di due persone alla strenua ricerca di una propria individualità in una società che ha già definito tutto: tutto ciò che occorre essere, fare, pensare e soprattutto possedere, al fine di poter essere ascritti al pantheon delle “persone di successo” o degli “esempi positivi” o peggio ancora, in un’accezione che rasenta il misticismo, quella di anime “pulite.” Anthony e Gloria (gli stessi Scott e Zelda) non sono puliti. Sono car ...more
Jan 03, 2008 Jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I still think that Fitzgerald is one of the most fantastic writers of the 20th century. His books are romantic and introspective in a way that has been almost completely lost to the contemporary moment. He writes of two people in this book who are almost synonymous with the age they lived in whose story is summed up in the title in a way that is not revealed to the reader until the book's end - The Beautiful and the Damned, a metaphor for the US in the '20s and '30s - a culture at its highest, d ...more
Aug 19, 2010 Linds rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people that think that Daisy Buchanan had too much depth and kindness
Hmmm.....Anthony and Gloria. How do you describe Anthony and Gloria?

So far Anthony and Gloria are two of the most vile characters that aren't criminals or evil that I've ever read. They're entitled. Classist. Wasteful. Narcissistic. Greedy. Anthony's a weak alcoholic and Gloria is vainer than Snow White's stepmother.

The story starts out with Anthony graduating from college, the assumed heir to his grandfather's seventy five million. He's dreamy, likes to wax philosophic, party, but can't figure
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In this state he considered that he would one day accomplish some quiet subtle thing that the elect would deem worthy and, passing on, would join the dimmer stars in a nebulous, indeterminate heaven half-way between death and immortality.

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"A classic," suggested Anthony, "is a successful book that has survived the reaction of the next period or generation. Then it's safe, like a style in architecture or furniture. It's acquir
Mar 04, 2012 Rick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Decades before the Who sang, “Hope I die before I get old” there was Fitzgerald and The Beautiful and Damned. For its two main characters 25 is middle aged and the curtain of old age drops rudely and irrevocably at 30. Fitzgerald, still in his mid-twenties when he wrote this novel of a young couple who burn the candle too brightly at one end, thinking romantically that it is both ends, knew, as Townsend did, that “getting old” was a mental state, not a chronological one. Anthony Patch and Gloria ...more
Fitzgerald projected himself into his novels as protagonist, probably more than any other author I have read. And he usually dragged his wife and a few friends onto the pages with him. In The Beautiful and Dammed, his second novel, we meet Anthony and Gloria, two of the most miserable and unhappy characters you've ever met. Actually, they are very much like the characters in all of Fitzgerald's novels. They are young, beautiful, rich on some level, and they have absolutely nothing to do except ...more
Oct 02, 2013 Debra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, audio
The worst thing that happened to this couple is that they got more money in the end. Now they can continue their worthless, clueless lives until they run out of this set of money.

You have to wonder if somewhere along the way they will see the emptiness of their lives and seek a different route, similar to their grandfather's abrupt turn around.

These were the most unlovable characters I have every met.
I love Fitzgerald. I will always love Fitzgerald. Just not this particular Fitzgerald. That Much, anyway. Aside from occasional genius of word twisting beauty, I feel like this is just This Side of Paradise having its existential midlife crisis and hacking up an alcohol soaked furball of a marriage plot. Short-form Fitz and I need to make a date for a hot and heavy quickie.
May 27, 2015 Omaira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todos
Shelves: en-digital
“Producimos un Cristo capaz de alzar al leproso… y ahora la descendencia del leproso es la sal de la tierra”

Hermosos y malditos ha sido mi primer contacto con Scott Fitzgerald, y como ya esperaba, su obra goza de una calidad indiscutible. Fitzgerald nos traslada a los felices años veinte de una manera sencilla y amena que cautiva al lector desde la primera página.

Anthony, el protagonista, es nieto del millonario Adam Patch. Anthony es un absurdo intento de escritor, que poco ha estado
I read two books by Fitz in college - The Great Gatsby and Tender Is The Night. Although they both looked to be right up my alley, I didn't enjoy either one, and since then, I hadn't read Fitz again.

Recently two things happened - first, the resurgence of Hemingway over the last year or so brought in its wake a lesser resurgence of Fitz, since the two ran in the same circles. Second, while reading Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain, I learned how the change in one's
Silvia Sirea
Mar 15, 2015 Silvia Sirea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5 - Anthony e Gloria sono giovani, belli e ricchi nell'America degli anni '20. Coronano il loro amore e sembrano destinati ad essere felici per sempre. Ma le vicende della vita rendono le cose complicate e i due protagonisti si trovano a chiedersi, nel corso degli anni, se il loro può essere considerato ancora amore e a domandarsi cosa stanno facendo della loro vita.
Fitzgerald tratteggia queste due personalità con la maestria che gli è tipica. Il flusso della narrazione è scorrevole e incal
Jul 10, 2007 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like this novel as well as the other Fitzgerald works I've read, though that's not to say that I didn't like it at all. It just seems too preachy and predictable at times. And as a warning, it's kind of heavy. You feel as though you're part of the downward spiral of the main character.

The novel begins by briefly describing Anthony Patch's childhood and youth. As it moves into his time at college, it becomes more elaborate. Interestingly, Anthony does not seem like a character that will
Dec 17, 2016 Claire rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I get what Fitzgerald was trying to do/say in this book, but it was so dragged out and poorly executed. The message was pretty clear, very early on- but Gloria and Anthony were so insufferable throughout that I was either deeply irritated by them, or just waiting for them to reap what they sewed and be done with it. This is a book that is in desperate need of serious editing- for quality and length throughout. One star for a decent overall message and another for the last chapter or two which we ...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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