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Winter Dreams

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  954 ratings  ·  55 reviews
There was all the ecstasy of an engagement about it, sharpened by his realization that there was no engagement. It was during those three days that, for the first time, he had asked her to marry him. She said "maybe some day," she said "kiss me," she said "I'd like to marry you," she said "I love you"--she said-- nothing.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1922)
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Rowland Bismark
Fitzgerald is best remembered for his spoiled and conflicted Jazz Age characters, including Dexter Green from “Winter Dreams,” who bears a distinct resemblance to Jay Gatsby, the protagonist of The Great Gatsby. Both are self-made men who are eager to rise beyond their station in life, and both find that personal fulfillment and their ideal women are ultimately elusive. “Winter Dreams” first appeared in Metropolitan Magazine in 1922 and later in the collection All the Sad Young Men (1926). The s ...more
Anthony
Read this book in a required American Lit class with a shitty teacher. God, I hated that class. But this short story woke me up. Anyone who has been through a passionate relationship (and maybe actual love on your end rather than hers and maybe she knew that) that broke up and part of you still yearns for that person will relate (I think) to this short story on a deeper level than the outsider looking in.
Babatunde Din-gabisi
Winter Dreams by F. Fitzgerald is a very popular and amazing book that portrays the life of a young man Dexter. Many people will agree that this is quite a tragic book the tremendous influence women have on men. Fitzgerald uses some typical examples of his life to show that some things are not quite the rush. Even though the book does not really relate to the everyday lives of some people, this book has a huge impact on the lives of people because it provides the average man with an everyday sc ...more
Hayley Bricker
Judy Jones is a character who I think embodies what the Roaring Twenties were about. She's all glitzy and glammy, and there's nothing really concrete about her. She uses her physical qualities to her benefit until she accidentally gets herself in an irreversible glitch, which ruins every ounce of amiableness that she ever possessed. In a way, she reminds me of Brett from The Sun Also Rises. It's this materialistic character that helps me fall in love with literature from the twenties, but it's a ...more
Tso William
I am not the sort of man to read this kind of stories. My friend recommended it to me and insisted me reading it.

In pursuit of goals that are destined to be mere moonshine, Dexter is at lost with his life. He rose and soon became a successful businessman, but felt that he was 'trespasser' in the golf club where he once worked as a caddy. At the cost of breaking his engagement, he pursued Judy Jones - a hopelessly superficial yet undeniably beautiful lady. At the end, his dream, like a bubble, bu
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Marco Freccero
Dexter sentiva che c’era qualcosa di desolante in quella primavera nordica, così come avvertiva un che di magnifico nell’autunno.

I soldi non fanno la felicità, si dice. Forse per questo gli statunitensi hanno inventato il Sogno Americano. Dove il denaro scorre a fiumi, e la felicità è il coronamento naturale all’impegno duro, quotidiano, del singolo. Ma si tratta pur sempre di un sogno, giusto?

Dexter è uno di quegli americani che arriva dalla piccola provincia americana, ma ha grandi ambizioni.

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Riccardo
Protagonista di questo racconto di Francis Scott Fitzgerald è Dexter Green che incontriamo, all'inizio del racconto, mentre lavora come caddie, o meglio poco prima che lasci il proprio lavoro di caddie, in un golf club. Causa del suo abbandono è Judy Jones, una ragazzina di tre anni più giovane di lui, lui all'epoca ha quattordici anni lei undici, che ha in sé la bruttezza tipica di quelle che poi diventeranno delle belle ragazze. Dopo l'episodio dell'abbandono del lavoro di caddie il racconto s ...more
Christina
May 10, 2013 Christina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Christina by: Julie
F. Scott Fitzgerald certainly sticks to specific themes in his writing - ambition, flirtatious women, dreams... but hey, I'm not complaining; he does what he does and he does it well. I can definitely see the roots of The Great Gatsby in this short story - Dexter Green has all the characteristics of a young Gatsby and Judy Jones parallels as Daisy Buchanan, the unattainable dream always just barely out of grasp. Highly recommend to anyone who enjoyed the The Great Gatsby.
Isadora
In terms of the actual prose, Fitzgerald is possibly my favorite writer. He doesn't limit his writing to choosing the right words, even his commas and dashes are perfectly on point:

It was during those three days that, for the first time, he had asked her to marry him. She said "maybe some day," she said "kiss me," she said "I'd like to marry you," she said "I love you" — she said — nothing.

He always expresses so much with few words, an ability I love in any writer, but one especially important
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Aaron
A fantastic work, one that shows us a glimpse of the talent realized in "The Great Gatsby." Some of those ideas started here: a melancholy sense of something lost, the brutal reality of life, and a critique of materialist culture that consumes youth and discharges corpses. This work really spoke to me, as it will to anyone who feels or at one time felt ambition, later counted as a casualty of life choices. The anticlimactic finale is excellent, and does not so much condemn the American dream but ...more
Rosalba
Dopo tanti anni le lacrime gli solcarono il volto. Ma adesso erano per lui. Non si curava più di bocca e occhi e movimenti di mani. Voleva che gliene importasse qualcosa, ma non gliene importava niente. Poiché era andato via e non sarebbe mai potuto tornare indietro. I cancelli erano chiusi, il sole era calato e non c'era bellezza se non la bellezza grigia dell'acciaio che resiste al tempo. Anche la sofferenza che avrebbe potuto sopportare era rimasta nel paese delle illusioni, della giovinezza, ...more
Lola
I might be judged for the statement I'm about to make, but I am going to make it anyway. I am in the online presence of esteemed (and some not so esteemed) bibliophiles, and I'm sure they can deal with this statement peacefully. My statement? F. Scott Fitzgerald's short stories might actually be better than any of his novels.

Before you light your torches and head for my bookshelves, hear me out. It is true that Fitzgerald considered himself a novelist first and foremost and actually looked down
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Dexter
This story is one of the most beautiful things to ever come from an author--you know you're reading prose, but it's prose written with a touch of the golden poet and the voice of a singing, delectable-as-air seraph. This story is more than lovely and most readers will be able to easily identify with both Dexter Green, the main character, and Judy Jones, what with the way their lives become enmeshed, intertwined, unravel or climb, and reach the "grey beauty of steel which withstands all time." As ...more
Bhumi
This short story is about a guy named Dexter. He has these "winter dreams," desires to be materially successful that certain climates stimulate in him. He meets a spoiled girl named Judy Jones while working at a golf club. He is struck by her features, which he describes as those which will be striking as an adult.

And indeed, in a few years, they meet again. This summer, Dexter is twenty-three, and he is at a golf club when Judy hits a member of the group's stomach accidentally. The men later re
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Carlo
Gironzolando per la rete, si scopre che, per molti statunitensi, questo racconto ha seguito il triste destino delle lettura obbligatoria, sopportata quando non odiata a scuola e bisognosa di un recupero nell’età adulta. E’ un vero peccato perché la breve storia che narra l’evoluzione di Dexter Green è un piccolo capolavoro per ritmo ed equilibrio: vagamente autobiografica, rappresenta la riconosciuta radice su cui crescerà ‘Il grande Gatsby’ e al romanzo risulta probabilmente superiore (le poche ...more
Cheryl Kennedy
Culture and the superficiality of youth idealize the outward appearance of a lucrative career, lust for the approbation of others, foster dreams of the beautiful wife and scenic island home, but the revelations of life are often different.

Despite the evidence, the truth of experience, and the observations logged into our mind, we continue to clutch 'winter dreams' because of their radiance, even though they are blatantly artificial.

In the end, we close the gates on society's ideals, fantasies, a
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Cyrus Alderwood
This short story exposes the character flaws of those of us that long for something we can't have mixed with those that long for a better life even though they don't know what they really want. We've all met people with these traits and probably have those people in our lives right now. Great story that plays on these traits in all of us. Strongly reminded me of someone I used to know. It's no wonder that F. Scott Fitzgerald's work is held in such high esteem.
Spencer
This one of FSF's better early short stories. Wealth and the American Dream are front and center, and not far removed is love and beauty. Somehow this is supposed to bring happiness, but as Judy Jones says, "I'm more beautiful than anyone else. Why can't I be happy?" And money brings freedom and luxury to Dexter Greene but he is still on the outside looking in, and unhappy. And beauty fades. Happiness, wealth and love were all winter dreams.
Samuel
I had never thought that there would be similarities between Winter Dreams and The Great Gatsby except for the obvious jazz age aura, the dress, and the free-going look of the 30s. But now that I think back on it I guess that the similarities are in the characters themselves. I was so enlightened that what was going on between Dexter and Judy was similar to my life that I did not really think about the matches to the characters in The Great Gatsby.

I only read this book in my english class with
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Patty
Painful. Pessimistic. Not Pragmatic.
Sorry but beautiful, selfish women can only bring joy to superficial men.
I only read this to help my son with the am Lit class from hell. It was 5 1/2 hours of toxic literature and homework picking it apart.
Thanks Fitzgerald for another uplifting story of the fun filled Roaring 20's!
William Cenlam

Winter always means sadness and hopeless. Dexter was a poor child when he born, but he was special and he prefer to play caddy. The reason he wanted to play caddy, he wanted to more chances make friends with the riches and he saw his future lover called Judy in a caddy club. He loved her so much, but he too poor to marry her. So he started hardworking and he succeed, he was one of the richest in his age. But Judy was with other man already, Dexter was so sad that he started a relationship with
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Mallika Soni
But he had received a strong emotional shock, and his perturbation required a violent and immediate outlet.
It is not so simple as that, either. As so frequently would be the case in the future, Dexter was unconsciously
dictated to by his winter dreams.

The End is so beautiful.
Minouche
Read this book in my American Literature class, this was one book that my class was really into.. besides all of the boring crap my teacher encouraged us to read. Loved how the story ended ... WOW!
Luis Perez
This little story is something every man should read. Probably before the age of 21. It's full of beautiful sentences and lovely cautionary notes about the dynamics of relationships between men and women and the people around them.

There are a lot of life lessons packed in here. Why are some women so cruel to men? What are the motives? The mysteries of women can never fully be explained but if you've been through any number of relationships, you'll find so many things ringing alarms in your head
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Nadezhda Rasheva
Such a great story. Fitzgerald has his own beautiful way to portrait the human emotions. I almost felt Dexter's love and its inevitable end. It just reminded me a bit to much of Gatsby. However, I did like it a lot!
Ben
A wonderfully foreboding tale of nostalgia that has somehow lost its potency. This story depends more on character psyches than in his other stories thus far. Fitzgerald utilizes another strong feminine character, more like a man in her social behavior rather than what a woman "ought" to be, but her unhappy settlement marks the end of Dexter's emotive fervor for his home and youth. Perhaps it is because he revolved too carelessly around her during that time; a woman who, without malice, used him ...more
Lily
I didn't really relate to this so much but that was a lovely short story, I liked it. I'm starting to love Fitzgerald's books more lately.
Wendy
I had not read this before. It is quite interesting how this was published in 1922 and The Great Gatsby was published in 1925...
Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
"Long ago there was something in me, but now that thing is gone. I can't cry. I can't care. That thing will come back no more."
One of the most beautiful story I've ever read.. It was so perfect.. Reading it was like enjoying the fragrance of roses.. How could a man write so beautifully..!! I felt loved, hurt, ignored along with the protagonist.. I also felt my heart break when I heard of Judy.. The blooming of a flower and the way it dries and falls on the ground.. The way its fragrance enchant
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Rebecca Dunbar
BEAUTIFUL. A mini-Gatsby - and a fantastic hour reading it
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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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“The helpless ecstasy of loosing himself in her charm was a powerful opiate rather than a tonic.” 51 likes
“For the first time in years the tears were streaming down his face. But they were for himself now. He did not care about mouth and eyes and moving hands. He wanted to care, and he could not care. For he had gone away and he could never go back any more. The gates were closed, the sun was gone down, and there was no beauty but the gray beauty of steel that withstands all time. Even the grief he could have borne was left behind in the country of illusion, of youth, of the richness of life, where his winter dreams had flourished.

"Long ago," he said, "long ago, there was something in me, but now that thing is gone. Now that thing is gone, that thing is gone. I cannot cry. I cannot care. That thing will come back no more.”
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