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The Jelly-Bean

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She stepped daintily out of the gasolene and began scraping her slippers, side and bottom, on the running-board of the automobile. The Jelly-bean contained himself no longer. He bent double with explosive laughter and after a second she joined in.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published June 17th 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1920)
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Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: americani
Nancy aveva una bocca come un bacio ricordato e occhi misteriosi…
In italiano suona un po’ strano, ma rende bene il tono elegiaco e sognante di Fitzgerald. In questo bel racconto si trovano molti temi cari a Fitzgerald, la gioventù dorata dei ruggenti anni ’20, una piccola città nel Sud degli Stati Uniti: la fanciulla è bruciata dall’avidità di vivere tutto d’un fiato, deliziosa ma scriteriata, il giovane Jelly-bean (“mollaccione”) rimasto solo al mondo trascina pigramente la sua vita lavorando i
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-fiction
Masterful and witty! I was chuckling from the first sentence itself... and incredulously, got bored only when the girl enters the guy's life. A funny trip back into the jazz age, but so lucid in its illustration of the American mind that it could apply to today's age as well.
Originally published in the periodical The Metropolitan, this story was first published in book form in Tales of the Jazz Age in 1922.
And F. Scott Fitzgerald said the following about it:

"This is a Southern story, with the scene laid in the small Lily of Tarleton, Georgia. I have a profound affection for Tarleton, but somehow whenever I write a story about it I receive letters from all over the South denouncing me in no uncertain terms. "The Jelly-Bean," published in "The Metropolitan," drew its
Mar 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
I learned that this was meant as a sequel to "The Ice Palace" with some character name changes. Truthfully, I didn't like it nearly as much. The South did not come off as the same heaven which it had in Palace. In fact, it touched on the same dreary themes from other stories: how social popularity or unpopularity can have different brands of detriment on a character, women having trouble distinguishing themselves with integrity within those social constructs, etc. Perhaps my bias approach to thi ...more
Julie Trad
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This reminded me of The Catcher in the Rye
Riccardo Mainetti
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jim Powell è un "Jelly-Bean", un mollaccione, un perdigiorno, come si dice solitamente in questi casi. Ultimo esponente di una famiglia che aveva un nome passa le proprie giornate tra lavoretti saltuari e bighellonamenti. In città è conosciuto e guardato dall'alto persino da quelle persone che non erano nessuno quando la famiglia era qualcuno. Ha un unico talento, per così dire: sa giocare ai dadi. Di natura timida e schiva ha sempre evitato le feste ma sarà proprio una di quelle feste che in gi ...more
Rebecca Timberlake
I think this was an interesting story to read- for one, it was a bit different than the short stories I read before it, but also because he worked a bit with Zelda to write it. Clearly Fitzgerald edited so that the bit his wife helped on was seamless in the story, but just knowing the added influence was there made me read it differently. Maybe that's good, maybe that's bad, but there it is.

The story is good, with classic Fitzgerald Wild Girls, but it wasn't overwhelming. I think Fitzgerald was
Mar 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
Boring. Super fast paced in the sense that it takes away from the story. Not really sure if I even understand where it ends up. It's very vague as to how the characters feel and why they react the way they do. This is the worst F. Scott Fitzgerald work I have ever had the dissatisfaction of having read.
Amrita Basu
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved this for the atmosphere. I have always loved Fitzgerald for his romanticism. But this was my first short story of his. And somewhat unexpectedly, I enjoyed it immensely. And yes, I felt sad for Jim.
Jan 09, 2013 rated it liked it
I read this short story in Fitzgerald's Tale of the Jazz Age, and I liked it. It was sad and emphasized that popularity and a good name can be fleeting. However, I thought that it lacked the punch of some of Fitzgerald's novels.
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Another interesting short story from Fitzgerald that was rather poignant and sad. Not a favorite of mine.
Brian Yahn
Dec 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Although totally different, this story reminded me of a less-great Great Gatsby. It's not bad. It kept me interested. It read nicely. But, yeah, nothing stood out to make me love it.
Jun 08, 2013 rated it liked it
It was an okay story that included some elegant phrases.
Aug 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
So, so, so useless! I really don't know why this was written. Might have been better as a novel. As a short story, it sucked!
I'm a fan of most all of FSF's short stories.
Feb 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I kinda felt bad for Jim. Great read, I enjoyed it!
Jess Davis
May 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
A hint of Fitzgerald's great writing but not much to it in terms of plot and message
Avisek Bandyopadhyay
May 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Sad.....n innocently sensuous !!!!!!!!
Aug 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics
Sad and Sardonic: Fitzgerald.
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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