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Tales of the Jazz Age

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Though most widely known for the novella The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald gained a major source of income as a professional writer from the sale of short stories. Over the course of his career, Fitzgerald published more than 160 stories in the period's most popular magazines. His second short fiction collection, Tales of the Jazz Age (1922), includes two masterpieces

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Hardcover, 351 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Mud Puddle Books, Inc. (first published 1922)
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Sue
Nov 04, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been intending to read Fitzgerald for some time and I'm very glad to have begun with this collection of stories. There is such a show of versatility and skill here. Not all stories are equally successful but all are interesting and some are truly wonderful, Among those I particularly enjoyed were "The Camel's Back", "May Day"", "O Russett Witch" and "The Lees of Happiness".

Themes central to Fitzgerald's life and other works are scattered through these tales: the disparity of wealth and pov
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Cara
Jun 11, 2010 Cara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Considering I didn't like The Great Gatsby, I'm amazed at how I'm loving the other works of F. Scott Fitzgerald so far! I read This Side Of Paradise and was enthralled, and this book of short stories was equal parts enchanting and intelligent. I read it on my Kindle, and I ended up highlighting a lot of sentences and passages because they were so beautifully written.

The book includes "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," which is nowhere near as complex a story as the movie version. I did enjo
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Laura
The remarkable story "THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON" is even better then the movie which was made based on this story.

This story was inspired by a remark of Mark Twain's to the effect that it was a pity that the best part of life came at the beginning and the worst part at the end. By trying the experiment upon only one man in a perfectly normal world I have scarcely given his idea a fair trial. Several weeks after completing it, I discovered an almost identical plot in Samuel Butler's "No
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BrokenTune
Sep 07, 2013 BrokenTune rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Over the last 10 minutes I must have switched between 3 and 4 stars about 20 times - but I did really like most of the short stories.

Fitzgerald has a way of creating the not always endearing but nevertheless interesting characters in his short stories that are sadly missing in his novels (The Great Gatsby excepted).
Siri
Sep 06, 2014 Siri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I dont have to write a review at all, because I feel like my opinion can be expressed in two words: short and sweet.
Fitzgerald does what he does best: he delivers a wonderful satire of his period, which manages to be upbeat and fast-paced despite the cynicism lurking underneath. Theres humor, often delivered in the form of absurdity (like when Harry eats the biscuits nailed to the wall in "The Lees of Happiness"), and theres the little innovations, the unexpected details that creep in and
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Duane
Tales of the Jazz Age is a collection of 11 short stories published in 1922, although most had been published earlier in national magazines. Fitzgerald published 4 novels, that was his preferred way of writing. But he wrote short stories to make money, and being in constant financial trouble, it was the fastest way for him to make cash. This collection was good, it contains probably his most famous short story, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, as well as a few other very good ones. A couple ...more
Andy
Oct 12, 2012 Andy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Downloads of "Tales of the Jazz Age" are FREE on iTunes, and so far I think this is a great collection. I really enjoyed this side of Fitzgerald, which is a little more light-hearted than his full-length novel output.:)

The books is divided into two sections: his great jazz age work and his bizarre fantasy tales. While I didn't dislike his fantasy tales (Diamond As Big As Ritz, Benjamin Button)I found them too jarring set against his more timely Twenties stories, the dynamics being so different t
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Diletta
Ho adorato immensamente la prima parte, meno la seconda. "Primo Maggio" è qualcosa che va letto, come ognuno sente di "dover" leggere "Il grande Gatsby" o "Belli e Dannati". Anzi, ho trovato in questi racconti i grandi temi di Fitzgerald (che cosa brutta da dire "i grandi temi", ma ci siamo capiti no?), ma ancora più ricchi, più dinamici.
Pink
This just didn't do it for me. There are a couple of great stories (Benjamin Button, The Diamond as big as the Ritz), but the rest left me underwhelmed.


Karen
Jan 30, 2016 Karen is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
The Jelly-Bean, I'll take it or leave it.

The Camel's Back was light and enjoyable, loved the ending. went a different direction than what I thought which was great.

May Day was alright. I think I would've appreciated it more had I ever heard of the May Day riots of 1919, but the writing is lovely.
"Love is fragile, but perhaps the pieces are saved, the things that hovered on lips, that might have been said. The new love words, the tendernesses learned, are treasured up for the next lover."
"I smell
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Pat
Jan 13, 2013 Pat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This short story collection was written very early in Fitzgerald's career (1922), and you can tell. there are moments of brilliance, such as "Oh Russet Witch" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." There are moments of great comedy, such as "The Camel's Back," and there are moments of Hollywood blockbuster type action, such as "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz." There is also "May Day," which is on the verge of greatness but could have used some fine tuning. Unfortunately, there are also sever ...more
Sara
Jun 13, 2013 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leggendo i suoi romanzi lo capisci, che "Scott" è un tipo strano. Uno di quei personaggi eleganti che non riesci a deciderti se il loro stare al centro della sala con fare composto suggerisca il tentativo di ricacciare indietro un genio ingombrante o se stanno solo cercando di darsi un contegno per sembrare interessanti. Certo, il dubbio ti ha sfiorato, prima o poi: dev'essere un tipo che la sa parecchio lunga; eppure c'è qualcosa, nel suo modo di fare, che ti invita a mantenere le distanze. Una ...more
Christopher Sutch
Aug 16, 2014 Christopher Sutch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading Fitzgerald's first three books I was both wearied by the unlikeable and unsympathetic characters (and their ridiculous concerns) and worried that I would not find _anything_ of value in his works (as I noted in my review of _This Side of Paradise_, I really have never liked or appreciated Fitzgerald's work). Luckily for me, FSF _finally_ shows some maturity both as a writer and as a human being in several of the stories in this book of short stories. There are three masterpieces he ...more
Ana
Aug 20, 2012 Ana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classique
Be they humorous, tragic, or even just faintly melancholy, F. Scott Fitzgerald's short stories each leave a distinct impression upon reading of the different facets of America's jazz age. I myself never expected to be so moved by the deceptively simple tales, and if the lingering mixedness of my feelings towards this collection is any indication, I can say with confidence that this reaction can only really be provoked by something written by Fitzgerald himself.
Michael Le
Feb 11, 2015 Michael Le is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
The Jelly Bean: 2/5
A story about Jim Powell, a jelly bean. I loved the line that Fitzgerald used to describe what a jelly bean is--"one who spends his life conjugating the verb to idle in the first person singular--I am idling, I have idled, I will idle". Jimmy falls in love after a Flapper gives him attention and a kiss, vowing to change his life to win her over. Unfortunately, Jim is a jelly bean, a self-fulfilling prophecy of sorts.
I didn't particularly like this story. For Fitzgerald, known
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Billy  R.
Jan 10, 2015 Billy R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-reads
Jazz with snazz. I ended up with a penguin deluxe copy which had Benjamin Button and 6 other stories I believe. Each short story brings a unique theme forward. Some didn't feel memorable and some really struck me. I quite enjoyed Head and Shoulders which was the story of Horace and how he and his wife reverse their personalities (academics and fame) over the course of time. Cut Glass Bowl read just okay to me but seems to have a significant following as a favourite short story to some. I quite e ...more
Laura Greenwood
It's not often that I don't have a lot to say about a book, but I find myself at a bit of a loss with Fitzgerald. I read The Great Gatsby at School for my A Level English Lit and I didn't like it, mainly because I didn't see the point of the whole story.

When I was looking at classics for Bookish Resolutions I thought I'd give Fitzgerald another go, after all it could have just been something I missed in Gatsby. But I still feel the same. I feel as if what I just read was kind of pointless, the
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Elisabeth
Having now read two books by F. Scott Fitzgerald, my original opinions have been reinforced: he's an excellent writer, but not one to be read in large doses, or when you're already in low spirits.

This collection is a sometimes bizarre hodgepodge. "The Jelly-Bean" and "May Day" are very much in the Gatsby mold—they capture keenly and bitterly the garishness, the frustrating futility and despair of the Roaring '20s. On the flip side, "The Camel's Back" is a delight—it's the same chaotic Jazz Age s
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Charles
While, in my opinion, 'Tales of the Jazz Age' (1922) does not offer as good a selection as 'Flappers and Philosophers' (1920), even though it is more varied, 'Tales of the Jazz Age' is still an entertaining and an illuminating read; which is characteristic of Fitzgerald.

'Tales of the Jazz Age' includes some of Fitzgerald's better-known stories, featuring, for instance, fantasies such as 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' and 'The Diamond as Big as The Ritz' (one of my favourites and a story w
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Enrique Llorens
La primera impresión al leer este libro era la de estar viendo Mad Men o una serie de las buenas de HBO. No encuentras esa sensación de belleza de la obra de arte pura, la que te da al leer un soneto de Shakespeare o algunos pasajes de Cien años de soledad (ahora que todo el mundo parece que se la ha leído), pero si la percepción de que esto es entretenimiento de calidad, con una factura impecable y sin demasiada profundidad, el alimento del hipster de hoy en día.

Pero la verdad, los relatos Un d
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Akhmal Aiman
Jul 09, 2014 Akhmal Aiman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been meaning to read a book by F. Scott Fitzgerald since I'm into this jazz early 1900s feel. Something that reads posh, classy and romantic. I'm glad I started by reading this collection of short stories.

4/5 ratings

I absolutely love it. I was a bit scared of reading another literature book, but compared to the other literature books I have read, the words are far easier to digest. My favourite among all the short stories have to be 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' and 'A Diamond as
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Laura
Jan 06, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I mean, it's Scott. I love him. Every story was just the right amount of amusing, dark, quirky, and so classically 1920's. They demonstrated the versatility of Fitzgerald's writing all the while. I particularly loved a story about a man named Jeff and his wife, Roxanne. The way that Fitzgerald described the beginning of their love affair and how it went awry in the end...I think that's just insight into who he was as a person and what he ultimately believed in.
Anyway, as always, I was blown away
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Sean Wicks
Mar 09, 2014 Sean Wicks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A series of short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald including the more well known (thanks to that movie with that...err um whatshisname...Pitt guy) THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON - which I loved and found myself completely sympathizing with the character of Button - especially when everyone around him, including his own son, keeps telling him to "stop aging backwards" and be like other people.

However the ones that really stuck with me were THE CAMEL'S BACK and MAY DAY - MAY DAY especially.

CAME
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Danns
Mar 08, 2014 Danns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tales of the Jazz Age is a collection of eleven stories. While the requesite cadre of flappers, fops, and dandies dally through a few of the tales, there are some interesting seques taken. The first collection of stories, My Last Flappers, are what I come to expect from Fitzgerald. Privileged middle to upper-middle class characters drinking and partying and the woes there in, sprinkled with some bandits and socialists along the way. There are tales of longing; Oh Russet Witch and The Lees of Hap ...more
Reham
Feb 13, 2014 Reham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Every time I read a Fitzgerald story I get this insistent and overwhelming feeling that I need to call him right away just to pick his brains and see what else he has to say!

In my own reading order:

1) The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The most famous..

This story bears absolutely no relation whatsoever to the David Fincher/Brad Pitt film except its title, the hero's name, and the fact that he ages backwards. Is is better than the film? Well one can't really compare a book and a movie, but yes it
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Barbara
Jan 10, 2015 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of those writers, like Jane Austen, whose light and non-didactic observations of humanity as social creatures can amuse or move me and who never put a word wrong.
Winter Sophia Rose
Engaging, Insightful & Fascinating! I Loved It!
David Rullo
Feb 01, 2016 David Rullo rated it it was amazing
I've always felt that with Fitzgerald you get two writers. The first authors serious tomes such as the Beautiful and the Damned and This Side of Paradise, the second penned short stories for various magazines that paid for his day to day expenses.

Tales of the Jazz Age was the first collection of Fitzgerald's short stories and he writes a short introduction providing some story details. Of course you should read this. It's filled with classic tales and even one story that was adapted for a movie
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Jonathan
Mar 01, 2014 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tied together by alcohol and fatalism towards white, upper-class love, many of these stories, like jazz, are free-form journeys rather than definite destinations. Varying wildly in quality, they still manage to show Fitzgerald's capacity to create both humor and tragedy-- often on the same page. Diamond As Big as the Ritz, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Lees of Happiness and Jemina, The Mountain Girl were my favorites; though, Jemina, The Mountain Girl is to The Great Gatsby what Dumb ...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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