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The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Dec 24, 14

Read in May, 2012

Vain, unaccountable, and recklessly opulent, the characters in The Beautiful and Damned mirror many of the other upper class figures detailed in Fitzgerald’s other works, most notably in one of my ultimate favorites, The Great Gatsby. However, rather than simply lambasting them, Fitzgerald also unshields their more likeable qualities as well; I just couldn’t find them as easily in Anthony and Gloria. The union of these two lovers was like a meeting of lazy meets lazier. Their of love of flashy entertainment and lavish outings is destructively paired with their lack of desire to work. Throughout the book, Anthony and Gloria both fervently await the passing of Anthony’s rich grandfather so that they can inherit his wealth and continue to fund their frivolous way of life without respectably earning a single thing in their life.

Fitzgerald’s satirical and deprecating look at the socially-driven and fiscally-irresponsible offers a bird’s-eye view of the upper echelon of New York City during a strikingly poignant time period involving war, cultural movements, and social integration. All in all, Fitzgerald delivers characters that you’ll love to hate and fall even less sorry for once you get to the end.
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