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The Crack-Up by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Feb 26, 10

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Read from February 01 to 26, 2010

There are many facets to this portrait of F. Scott Fitzgerald late in his life. The first and third - his essays about his breakdown, and his letters to his close friends, provide the sort of cutting genius that one would hope to find in this book. But the largest section, Fitzgerald's carefully curated notebooks, comes off as a b-sides and bloopers collection. Even though there are a few absolute gems, no one can sustain 110 pages of unconnected descriptive passages, not even a master of deconstructive imagery like Fitzgerald.

I'd borrow this book and read the essays and the letters. Those portions get more than five stars.
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