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Winter Dreams

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  1,315 Ratings  ·  75 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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Jan 10, 2017 Praveen rated it really liked it
A realistic story depicting desire and deficiency of youth.
It shows how such deficiencies are knit up with passionate energies that transcend and justify them.

A plot of a girl, Judy Jones,who resolved any affair immediately that assailed her too strongly, to a physical basis, under the magic of her physical splendor and of a guy, Dexter, who liked her since the time he was a young boy and who had the helpless ecstasy of losing himself in her, despite of knowing all her interests that were not on
Jul 25, 2015 Isadora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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
Rowland Bismark
Jun 04, 2010 Rowland Bismark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 09, 2009 Anthony rated it it was amazing
Shelves: american-lit
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
Apr 09, 2013 Babatunde Din-gabisi rated it really liked it
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
The convenient moment to read a " winter dreams" book, is in a Grey cold October's rainy evening , in bed , suffering from your own Love-pain/grief/wound or whatever .
" All mysterious happenings , all fresh and quickening hope, had gone away with her, come back with her now "

In fact, I saw myself several times in Dexter's sufferance, I felt how it's to be tortured by someone you get for a brief time, and then it's GONE " fire and loveliness were gone, the magic of nights and the wonder of vary
Hayley Bricker
Feb 05, 2012 Hayley Bricker rated it really liked it
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
Assala Mihoubi
.Winter Dreams by F. Scott Fitzgerald

It is a simple story of a young man Dexter, who seeks his personal success and to be recognized as a sophisticated business man. Despite his continuous tries to hide his roots and background.
He nearly got everything he ever wants except for HER .. Judy, who was a girl that choses to have various relationships with various men. She is a typical materialistic girl who seeks financially stable men that runs after her for her external beauty.
Winter Dreams I think
May 10, 2013 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Apr 03, 2016 Jilianne rated it it was amazing
Fitzgerald might just be my favorite classic author. After the Great Gatsby and now this? Your works are truly amazing. Kinda wish more people read your writing during your time.
Bernabé Borrero
Sep 10, 2016 Bernabé Borrero rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classic-books
This is by far the best piece of literature I've ever read in English. I totally recommend it.
Jan 31, 2015 Basset7000 rated it it was ok
Wasn't impressed!!!
Dec 31, 2016 Dejan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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."

There is a lot of substance in these few pages. Happiness is a fickle state, and it cannot be brought solely by material possessions. Love is a fleeting thing, yet it can crush you if it’s unrequited. The pursuit of both modes of being has the potential to leave us heart-broken and ultim
Oct 26, 2016 Hosanna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, classics
Winter Dreams is a short story of a man who meets a flirty woman, falls in love, and his life is ruined forever with memories of her. Both characters end up unhappy with their lives. This book wasn't as bad as many of the books that I am assigned to read in my short story class, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. The reappearing flirtation between characters is annoying and unnecessary for a Christian to be reading.
Nov 12, 2016 Ryan rated it it was amazing
This felt like Jay Gatsby's unintentional origin story.
Filippos Farmakis
Αριστουργηματική μικρή ιστορία. Must για τους φαν του είδους.
Dec 26, 2016 Greta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
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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.

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
May 21, 2010 Bhumi rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2010
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
Aug 29, 2014 Carlo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Riccardo Mainetti
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
Aug 13, 2013 Dexter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Tso William
Feb 09, 2015 Tso William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
May 17, 2012 Samuel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
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
William Cenlam
Nov 18, 2011 William Cenlam rated it it was amazing

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
Aug 03, 2014 Aaron rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 26, 2011 Ben rated it really liked it
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
Luis Perez
Oct 14, 2013 Luis Perez rated it it was amazing
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
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
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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.” 55 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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