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Babylon Revisited by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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May 20, 11

bookshelves: american-literature, short-stories
Read from May 20 to 21, 2011 — I own a copy, read count: 1

I picked this one up six or seven times without mananging to get past the first five pages. After three months of this, I finally read it.

Babylon Revisited contains three short stories: Babylon Revisited, The Cut-Glass Bowl, and The Lost Decade. The first one was, unfortunately, the one that I connected with the least. The Cut-Glass Bowl is excellent, and The Lost Decade has a nice little twist at the end.

In some ways it surprised me, and in some it was exactly what I was expecting. It was much more moving than I had thought it would be, and the extent to which the characters were real to me was unexpected.

I can't say this will be straight to the top of my favourites list. However, The Cut-Glass Bowl is a powerful account of marriage and money and reminds me of Kate Chopin's The Awakening. It, and The Lost Decade, are certainly worth another read.

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