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Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald è stata la musa dell’«età del jazz». Era l’incarnazione di tutto ciò che era moderno e nuovo, il prototipo che ogni ragazza spregiudicata degli anni venti doveva seguire. Diceva di sé: «Non avevo pensieri che per me stessa. Non provavo un briciolo di sentimento d’inferiorità, impaccio o dubbio, e non avevo il benché minimo principio morale». Pubblica ...more
Paperback, Varianti, 266 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Bollati Boringhieri (first published 1932)
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Nicole G. Alabama and David meet during WWI. He's a painter, and she's a Southern belle who is an aspiring ballerina. If you know anything about the Fitzgeralds…moreAlabama and David meet during WWI. He's a painter, and she's a Southern belle who is an aspiring ballerina. If you know anything about the Fitzgeralds themselves, you discover that the majority of this, with some minor details edited, is their own life (but Scott did that for most of his novels, anyway)! Her writing is a bit different than Scott's, and it may be a bit difficult at the beginning, but once you get into the rhythm, there are some very lovely passages in there. (less)
Jennifer Myre I suppose the teaser presumes that the reader knows something about Zelda, and her husband, Scott Fitzgerald. I've read all of Fitzgerald's novels, wi…moreI suppose the teaser presumes that the reader knows something about Zelda, and her husband, Scott Fitzgerald. I've read all of Fitzgerald's novels, with the exception of The Last Tycoon, and many accounts of the Fitzgerald's life together. Save Me the Waltz gives a more intimate look into the life of the couple.(less)
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Steven Godin
Oh dear. The extravagant lifestyle and tumultuous relationship of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald may be the stuff of legend, but Zelda's novel writing abilities were a million miles away from being legendary. Zelda's one and only novel even makes Scott Fitzgerald's worst novel look good. Considering her state of mind at the time of writing this, I'm surprised she managed to complete a novel at all. To say it's rushed would an understatement, with little character development, and scenes that didn't ...more
Linnéa
Jun 22, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It often strikes me as absurd to attempt to "rate" literature. Save me the Waltz, for example, is probably not a four-star book. It was, however, a four-star reading experience because I have a fascination with the Fitzgeralds; because it is challenging and fragmented and bizarre; because it makes no sense as a novel and belies the meaning of the genre. Certainly not a read for everyone, but if you have read Tender is the Night, or are at all interested in the lovely Zelda, Save Me the Waltz mig ...more
Roman Clodia
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading this for the second time (in preparation for a group re-read of Tender is the Night) and this time this jumped up to a 5-star book for me. What makes it is Zelda's unique and luminous prose ('Pastel cupids frolicked amidst the morning-glories and roses in garlands swelled like goiters or some malignant disease', 'Alabama visualised herself suavely swaying to the end of a violin bow, spinning on its silver bobbin, the certain disillusion of the past into uncertain expectan ...more
Sarah
May 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this in a used bookstore around the corner from my apartment.

On the wordy side, but not at all the impenetrable mess people make it out to be. I happen to love dense, elaborate prose. Hers is synesthesiacally brilliant. It's true, the paragraphs are somewhat lacking in rhythm. So much energy went into the individual sentences. But it's one of those books that make me kick my feet with joy and occasionally pause to meditate on a thought or description.

Poor Zelda! Even the cover is dedicat
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Bethany
Nov 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very nearly regretted picking up this book when, four lines in, I ran into this humdinger of a sentence:

“Most people hew the battlements of life from compromise, erecting their impregnable keeps from judicious submissions, fabricating their philosophical drawbridges from emotional retractions and scaulding marauders in the boiling oil of sour grapes.”

“Oh snap,” I thought. “I’m never going to get through this.”
Either I grew used to it, or she toned her writing down, but reading Save Me the Walt
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Jess
Apr 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I approached this review with some trepidation. I've been fascinated with the Fitzgeralds, admire FS Fitzgerald's writing, and have been curious to read Zelda's work. Obviously a work of fiction, yet this novel has been surmised to be a reflection of Zelda's view of their courtship and marriage. If you've read the fiction novel Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald you will be surprised to also see parallels in the storyline. After reading this, I felt mildly deflated.. as if you just discovered someo ...more
Teresa
Dec 17, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5

The 1967 preface says of this novel: “[F. Scott Fitzgerald scholar Henry Dan] Piper points out that the reader who is jarred by the prose at first will find it less turgid beginning about one-third of the way along.” My experience was the opposite. I thought the novel started off wonderfully. Alabama Beggs’s childhood is rendered convincingly and in suitably innocent impressionism. I was reminded of Virginia Woolf at times.

A passage from page 49:

So much of the theoretical youth…had wedged it
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Laura
This is the first and only book written by Zelda Zayre, aka Zelda Fitzgerald.

The plot is quite autobiographical even if it's a piece of fiction. The main character, Alabama is a portrait of a wife of a famous artist who struggles to live her own life in the shadow of the success a famous husband. Sometimes, she is quite obsessive in becoming a dancer even if she was not young any longer.

One feels that Zelda wrote this book as an auto-therapeutic way out in order to surpass her mental issues (she
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n* Dalal
As I picked up Save Me the Waltz to read it a second time, the dry brittle pages started crumbling under my fingers, the dog-eared corners simply gave up and fell away, leaving me surrounded with tiny flakes of yellow paper.

Though I wanted to read this while also reading Tender Is the Night, it looks like I'll need to do some book rescue before I can read this one. When I first bought this book, it was out-of-print and impossible to find; I got lucky with a cheap paperback at an oblivious bookst
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Robert Strandquist
Why five stars for such an unevenly written novel? Despite her over use of similes, Zelda's writing sizzles with dazzling descriptions. I'm convinced that she either wrote or edited the first party scene in "Gatsby" because that same cadence of phrasing in those long sentences that crescendo to delirious heights appear throughout "Save Me the Waltz." Another bias that supports five stars rests in my sympathy for Zelda's protagonist, Alabama. When her manic swings are on the rise, her aesthetics ...more
Imogen Kathleen
Justice for Zelda Fitzgerald. Can somebody PLEASE update that godawful Goodreads book description?
Written whilst in hospital and diagnosed with schizophrenia, Save Me The Waltz is a deeply personal look into the Fitzgeralds' marriage. Whilst the writing was quite clunky at times, Zelda has a talent for creating a whimsical air and I enjoyed reading about the ballet scenes. For a first and only novel, it was a good start. I think I preferred this as an insight into Zelda's life than as a story in
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Steven
Zelda wrote Save Me the Waltz, her first and only novel, during the six weeks that she spent in a sanatorium in 1932. It draws on many of the same experiences that would go into her husband Scott's Tender is the Night (which, incidentally, is probably my favorite of his novels). Apparently, the novel was originally much more vehement than the final, edited version suggests (Zelda resisted, but finally caved in and let Scott and Maxwell Perkins edit some of its more critical notes). It begins rou ...more
Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition
I think that Zelda Fitzgerald wrote this book as a reaction to F Scott Fitzgerald using their lives and anecdotes as a basis for many of his books. She was a frustrated ballerina and made her protagonist become the star of a ballet troupe in Naples, Italy, where she was asked to join, but was not allowed to accept, by her husband. I felt the book was well written and her explanation of various horrible things that aspiring ballerinas endure was enlightening. It also illuminated her spiral into m ...more
Zoe Crosher
Jun 12, 2008 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Zoe by: Leslie Grant
Curious as to what the mysterious and haunted figure of Zelda had to say for herself. Have just gotten through the intro, but am a bit mortified by Harry T. Moore of Illinois State University's statement that "Obviously, Save Me The Waltz is not at this height of achievement. Yet it deserves to be read as something more than a mere commentary on or analogue of Tender is the Night...this book may lack the finished craftsmanship of Fitzgerald's work, but Save Me the Waltz has a current of life run ...more
Uncle
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
"I am so outrageously clever that I believe I could be a whole world to myself if I didn't like living in Daddy's better." - Alabama Beggs

As the glamorous wife of a famous author, Zelda Fitzgerald was already a celebrity when her first (and only published) novel, Save Me the Waltz, appeared in 1932. Was her public notoriety responsible for the book’s lukewarm reception with readers and critics alike?

The public continues to be fascinated by the tragic personal stories of F. Scott and Zelda Fitz
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Nigeyb
May 23, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I gave up reading after 140 pages. This book really isn't my cup of tea. I am surprised and disappointed as I love both The Great Gatsby and Tender Is the Night, and so was looking forward to reading Zelda Fitzgerald's perspective on some of the events that inspired Tender Is the Night.

Quite a few reviews I glanced at, before starting the book, suggested that this was more than a literary footnote, and was a good book in its own right. I disagree. It's overwritten, confused and vainly strives f
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Val
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: group
I hope Zelda Fitzgerald found that writing this book was a valuable and rewarding experience; I can't say that I found reading it was.

Several reviewers have mentioned that Zelda's style is verbose and convoluted, but she does use several styles in the book and the rampant verbosity becomes less prevalent as the story progresses. The overblown metaphors and strings of similes are the style and voice of a pretentious, self-obsessed, romantically inclined teenager. It is a style for readers who hav
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Leslie-ann
I am not sure it is fair to classify this as a "literary curio"--it goes beyond that in many ways. It is a tangle of madness, misery, and even general misanthropy, but it is also tinged with love, admiration, and moments of lucidity.

Had this been properly revised, I think it could have been quite a masterpiece. Zelda has this remarkable way with words (half of the lines in the book will require you to read them two or three times over) even though some of her phrasing in somewhat incomprehensibl
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El
Southern belle, Alabama Beggs, is the youngest daughter of a prominent judge and unlike her two older sisters from her endearing wit to her attitude towards life. She meets David Knight during his visit to the South during World War I; they marry and ultimately move to live in the Riviera. David, an artist, carries on an affair with an actress, a relationship of which Alabama is aware. In her desperate attempts to salvage the marriage she throws herself into learning ballet, an exceptionally dif ...more
Susy
Oct 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
1.5 stars
Thank God I finally finished this book. The background story sounded very interesting but Zelda's writing style is just not for me. I don't like elaborate prose, and if you can say something about Zelda's writing it's that it is very elaborate. She uses elaborate comparisons which often didn't make any sense to me (but maybe that's because I just don't like that kind of writing) and she uses them a lot, sometimes even two or three in one sentence. I felt that in the later parts of the b
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Algie
Sep 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Algie by: Google
Poor thing.

Poor, poor thing.

Zelda had such a wonderfully, dismally, perfectly sad life, that was absolutely filled with her optimistic outlook and biting wit. I loved the part of her childhood, where she was so conniving and so intent on catching everyone out. She was not just a literary curio, she was a literary Queen. Heralded only as the wife of Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda deserves far more a substantial place on the pantheon.

It was, however, a trial to read at times. Her words flow slightly c
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Michael
Save Me the Waltz is the story of Alabama Beggs, a young Southern girl who meets and falls in love with David Knight during World War I. The two inevitably get married and David goes on to become a successful painter, before moving their family to the French Riviera. However Alabama is determined to find her own success and takes up ballet. When she lands her first solo debut in the opera Faust the cracks in their marriage become evident.

After an episode of hysteria in 1932, Zelda Fitzgerald was
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Cara (Wilde Book Garden)
1.75 stars?

F. Scott Fitzgerald is still The Worst, and I still can't stand The Great Gatsby, and I still have so much sympathy for Zelda, but sadly I could not stand her novel.

5% beautiful/clever lines and meaningful scenes, 95% word salad. Of the "I understand all these words separately" variety.

CW: Racism, grief, exercise to the point of self-harm, dieting, fat-shaming, cheating
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Emma Holtrust
Review originally posted on The Beauty of Literature

Those of you that follow me on Tumblr will know that I have been obsessed with The Lost Generation authors. In the never ending search of a thesis topic, I have now decided to focus on them and first up is Zelda Fitzgerald - a woman I've read so much about, but never read what she wrote. And thankfully I decided to change that.

Save Me the Waltz is the mostly autobiographical story of Zelda, represented by the main character Alabama, from her ch
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Ali
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The one and only novel written by Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, Save me the Waltz is the novel my very small book group chose for our July read. It is the book Zelda wrote during a period she spent in a Baltimore hospital to receive psychiatric treatment, while there she spent around two hours a day writing as a part of a daily routine to aid her recovery. The book was written in just a few weeks and to be absolutely honest it shows. Both Harry T Moore who wrote the introduction printed in this editio ...more
Rory
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a hard book to read--an even harder book to write.

So much of this novel has to been seen in the context of Zelda Fitzgerald being the wife of the most popular and well regarded writer of her peers. So much of what is wrong with this book feels like it is because of that weight pressing on the author--but it is a book that should not be ignored or forgotten.

The story is simple--a beautiful couple mixed in the world of fame, art, love and hope... Him a world famous painter and her a world
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Mattea Gernentz
"'Death is the only real elegance,' she said to herself" (220).

On its own, this isn't a book I would heartily recommend. However, being autobiographically steeped in the dramatic lives of the Fitzgeralds, I believe it holds a lot of insight and captures the spirit of the era. Zelda's prose is decadent (sometimes too sugary and pretentious but sometimes clairvoyant and startlingly acute), and it's clear the inner life of Alabama (the protagonist) is Zelda's focus as the French Riviera, Naples, Sw
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Julia (Shakespeare and Such)
2.2/5 stars, full review to come! Zelda sure gave it her all but maybe she should have held back just a little? The intentions were good and I liked some ideas and some phrases but 😬

Plot: 2/5
Characters: 2/5
Pacing: 3/5
Writing: 2/5
Enjoyment: 2/5
Amy
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Imperfect but I loved it.
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Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, born Zelda Sayre, was a novelist and the wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. She was an icon of the 1920s—dubbed by her husband "the first American Flapper". After the success of his first novel This Side of Paradise (1920), the Fitzgeralds became celebrities. The newspapers of New York saw them as embodiments of the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties: young, rich, beautiful ...more

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