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Un diamant gros comme le Ritz

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  1,589 Ratings  ·  148 Reviews
The Diamond as Big as the Ritz is a classic short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This story can also be found in the Tales of the Jazz Age collection, ISBN 978-1-60355-099-4.
Paperback, 825 pages
Published May 26th 2005 by Robert Laffont (first published 1922)
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Sam Quixote
John Unger goes to a posh university where he meets a posh chap who takes him to his family’s posh residence – a house built on a diamond as big as a mountain! But now that John knows their family’s secret… he can never leave!

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s favourite subject was the rich. From his greatest creation, Jay Gatsby, to this, his most famous short story, Fitzgerald absolutely adores writing about the glamorous lives they led. Also, not being of that world, he was quite critical of it too and Th
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Tempo de Ler
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Unger tem 16 anos quando, durante as férias de verão, visita a casa de um dos seus colegas de escola, filho do «homem mais rico do mundo»; Washington possui o maior diamante do mundo e, não querendo inundar o mercado de diamantes, desvalorizando-os, mantém-se, junto com a sua família, em completo isolamento. Todos os que, por convite ou intrusão, vejam a fonte da sua riqueza serão obrigatoriamente eliminados ou mantidos em reclusão... e Unger, que acaba por se apaixonar por uma das filhas d ...more
Charles
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
A charming, humorous, hallucinatory story about a young man who goes to visit a classmate's home in America's west for the summer. Only, it turns out the classmate's family is literally the richest in the world and has kept that secret from everyone, even the government of the United States. And unbeknownst to the young fellow, they have no intention of letting him go home alive.

This is really a novella and a quick read. I very much enjoyed it. Some beautiful writing.
Alyssa Kaye Andino
God, I loved this book. It was a little inevitable that I'd end up comparing it to The Great Gatsby but it really held up and it's really quite similar to the classic in almost every way. But with The Great Gatsby being one of my favourite books of all time, I had no complaints.

The book played with the same themes of extreme wealth and the disposable lifestyle that comes with it. I never thought that I'd find characters more careless than Tom and Daisy Buchanan but the Washington family definite
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Nick Miller
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just a really lovely, tasty bite of Fitzgerald. Just a gorgeous little read.
Jessica
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this little "gem" of a story (see what I did there?). Fitzgerald is a master of words and descriptions, and this exceeded all my expectations. The description of the chateau was amazing, and the actual plot sinister, like a dark devil's cake hidden by a innocent pristine icing.
Lisa
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second in my novella-a-day reading challenge was another Fitzgerald, the fantastical, dreamlike The Diamond as Big as the Ritz. This book is like no other I’ve ever read. It’s a modern Fitzgerald fantasy.

The premise also shows themes of American luxury and privilege, but it’s much less depressing than my previously-reviewed May Day. Imagine you’re a privileged teenager at a fancy prep school and a fellow student brings you home for the holidays. On the way there, he tells you that his father own
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Carol
Jan 26, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I see that most people have given this short story a high rating. Different strokes for different folks, I guess. This was so silly and boring that I had to force myself to finish it. It's a fantasy in which Fitzgerald parodies people of great wealth and the extremes they will go to to maintain that wealth. Well, duh!! I think we all know that already. There is little or no insight here.

In fact anyone who bothers to learn about Fitzgerald's life will recognize what a hypocrite he is. His lifesty
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KC
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Such a weird little story; so well written and compelling.
Morgan
Apr 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not, by any means, my favorite story of Fitzgerald's. I had a difficult time getting into the story, and then he hooked me when we found out Kizma's father had been killing off her previous summer boyfriends. But then before I knew it, the story was over and it went from zero to a hundred in a matter of pages. In my opinion, this story was missing the finesse that I have come to associate with Fitzgerald's writing. Still a decent story, but far from my favorite.
Sue K H
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is similar to the Great Gatsby but with a fantasy element that's very dark. It's about the pursuit of wealth and the lengths people will go to get it and keep it. I listened to it on Audible Channels and really enjoyed it.
Ian Ryan
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I was really surprised by this story. Having read a fair amount F. Scott Fitzgerald's fiction I had assumed that I had a relatively good idea what his subjects and themes were, and while The Diamond as Big as the Ritz deals with the same opulent lifestyles of the rich and greedy, it introduces an odd element of fantasy into his writing. It starts off relatively normally; John T. Unger leaves his home town of Hades (was it hot enough for him down there, I wonder?) to study at St. Midas', and ther ...more
Erika
3.5 stars.

This story took me completely by surprise. While I was definitely prepared for the characters to be wealthy jerks (it is Fitzgerald, after all), I had not braced myself for this bit of nearly-fantastical storytelling. The story is like this: John Ugent is a boy from Hades, Mississippi (again, I was more than prepared for the obvious Fitzgerald-esque metaphors here) who is sent off to the finest all-boys boarding school in the world, where he succeeds at making friends with some of the
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Laura
From BBC Radio 4 Extra:
At school, John T Unger befriends the enigmatic Percy Washington.

But friendship involves John in a scandalous secret - a secret to do with sparkling wealth and cruel abduction. Read by Garrick Hagon.

2/5: John Unger discovers the extraordinary origins of Percy Washington's family wealth.

3/5: John Unger discovers the terrible secret that protects Washington family's incredible wealth.

4/5: John wants to elope with Kismine, but can he escape the fate of all visitors to Percy's
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Daniel Kukwa
Discovering this novella that was unknown to me, I dived in with confidence. The end result: what the hell was that? Take mythological archetypes & major slabs of irony and black humour, mix strongly with American dream tropes & Fitzgerald's keen eye for the absurdities of privilege...and the end result is a brief yet explosive literary cocktail that left my head spinning. It was fascinating from start to finish...but a dozen other impressions about this book are fighting for my attentio ...more
Alice Lippart
This is sort of a dark fairytale, and albeit somewhat ridiculous in points (though it is Fitzgerald, so what do you expect), it was wholly entertaining and I quite enjoyed it.
Sarwat
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I never thought that the day would come when I would rate one of Fitzy's works so poorly. I was excited to read this short piece, having heard so much about it, proclaimed to be one of Fitzy's most famous short stories. Combining the elements of a classic conspiracy theory about rich folks wielding power behind great wars and great dictators, describing how those more fortunate than others will always believe themselves to be not only above the law, but to be the ones to rightfully hold the law ...more
Asher
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was an atrocious book (nonetheless a fantastic film adaptation) but this, on the other hand, is brilliant - a very promising short story. It's beautifully written, very imaginative and poetic, and I only wished it was longer.
Tracy
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5/5
Gitte
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who’s into strange classics playing with fantasy and horror
We’ll be poor, won’t we? Like people in books.


The Beginning: John T. Unger came from a family that had been well known in Hades – a small town on the Mississippi River – for several generations.

This novel is a bit like Brideshead Revisited and The Great Gatsby all rolled into one with a dash of Alice in Wonderland. Here’s the plot: John T. Unger spends a summer at the house of his very wealthy and secretive friend. This family owns a ridiculously large diamond – as big as the Ritz – and are tot
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Laura
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this long short story / novella on the new Audible channel (free to Amazon Prime members--yay!) Dealing with similar themes to some of those central to _The Great Gatsby_ (wealth, greed, young love/lust), this story impressed me with its fantastic exaggeration, which actually made me think of Vonnegut's style. This novella was a fun surprise for me.
Maria Guzman
Apr 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admit, I never really enjoyed reading The Great Gatsby when I read it so many years ago and has never read any other books by F. Scott Fitzgerald. With the movie coming out though, I want to take another look at his writings and chose to read this novella. Boy, I'm glad I did.

This book is truly entertaining and funny with a dark twist towards the end. Be prepared to be wowed with the grandeur that the author described a house thar sits on a mountain made of diamond, a house and cars similar to
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Aaron
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, it is a modern fairy tale of sorts. And it is so very unlike Fitzgerald's other books, yet it so very Fitzgerald. Typically, Fitzgerald is a realist in his stories. His stories deal with real, down-to-earth events and actions. He may use fantastical imagery, but the content is real. But not so with The Diamond as Big as the Ritz, the content of this book is very fantastical. Yet the underlying themes and points Fitzgerald wants the reader to get across are still his typical qu ...more
Jennalyn
Fitzgerald's writing is just bonkers beautiful. Rarely is a work worth reading for beautiful prose alone, but I think Fitzgerald's writing just might be. Of course, it's still Fitzgerald, so there's more to it than just the beautiful sounds of his words.

I know everyone else says this novella is about greed and money and the excesses of wealth. And it is. But I think it's also about youth and dreamers and how we lose sight of what really matters when we're young because we're focused on the unatt
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Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
What I can recall of my musings on The Diamond as Big as the Ritz.

This short story suffers from being the book I read while on the plane to Mexico. And by that I mean it's been over two weeks since I've read it and now is the first chance I've had to review it. Therefore, I'm left with vague impressions rather than solid ones.

Fitzgerald never disappoints! I just adore the way he weaves a tale. This one reads a bit more like a fairy tale - diamonds and impossible riches - rather than the heavy
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Mallika Soni
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"Under the stars," she repeated. "I never noticed the stars before. I always thought of them as great big diamonds
that belonged to some one. Now they frighten me. They make me feel that it was all a dream, all my youth."
"It was a dream," said John quietly. "Everybody's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness."
"How pleasant then to be insane!"
"So I'm told," said John gloomily. "I don't know any longer. At any rate, let us love for a while, for a year or so,
you and me. That's a form of divine
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Jennifer Gaudelli
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not a fan of The Great Gatsby. Read it twice to make sure I wasn't missing something but no. However, I am simple fascinated by the character that is F. Scott Fitzgerald.

I can't help but enjoy his grandiose universe, full of luxury and possessions.

I really enjoyed The Diamond As Big As The Ritz. Maybe because it was straight-forward and realistic in a sense that John isn't a hero. Not all main characters have to be brave and courageous. Let's face it: he's a coward. A guy that is still in
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Spencer
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorites of of Fitzgerald. It is also the last of his works published in The Smart Set. It covers wealth, social status, manners, murder, youth, race, ethnicity, religion, and love. I particularly enjoyed the dialogue of Kismine, the central female character. The opening sentence,"John T. Unger came from a family that had been well known in Hades—a small town on the Mississippi—for several generations"—lets the reader know that this is going to be an unusual story. And the rea ...more
Ana Rînceanu
Well look at that! Just when you think Fitzgerald has nothing more to show, you read this and realize his short stories are often better than his novels. The writing is superb and the themes explored are guaranteed to haunt you long after you've put the book down.
Elsa
Oct 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an enjoyable but slightly strange novella. The language and descriptions are absolutely beautiful, but I did find the story itself rather odd.
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