Tales of the Jazz Age
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...more
Themes central to Fitzgerald's life and other works are scattered through these tales: the disparity of wealth and pov ...more
The book includes "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," which is nowhere near as complex a story as the movie version. I did enjo ...more
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 ...more
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).
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
'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 ...more
Pero la verdad, los relatos Un d ...more
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 ...more
However the ones that really stuck with me were THE CAMEL'S BACK and MAY DAY - MAY DAY especially.
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 ...more
These short stories are, for the most part and with few exceptions, simply unsophisticat ...more
I was most intrigued by the story May Day, which brings to life the harrowing contradictions which America faced during its Red Scare and Return to Normalcy in the early 20's. I know of no other source which explicitly adumbrates on the antagonism between on the one hand returning WWI soldiers and on the other American socialists. The ironies of the distinctl ...more
"May Day" is the truest Fitzgerald-like in the whole set. It's the most developed, with a great cast of the characters. More of a character piece than a plot piece. Typical melancholy thread running through the story. If you're going to read one, try this.
"A Diamond As Big as the Ritz" is entertaining, but it comes off as more of Edgar Rice Burroughs th ...more