The Beautiful and the Damned

The Beautiful and the Damned

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The Beautiful and the Damned is F. Scott Fitzgerald's second book, published in 1922, which portrays the lives of a young, wealthy, and pleasure-seeking couple, Anthony and Gloria Patch. Anthony is heir to a massive fortune, and Gloria, a midwestern debutant, is marrying up: together they ritz it up like in classic Jazz Age style, dining and drinking wildly, going to shows, philosophizing with friends, and spending lavishly while waiting for Anthony Patch's grandfather to kick the bucket. At the novel's start, the Patch duo have it all together, and seem happy in their own solipsistic and nihilistic ways. But their prodigal ways soon get the best of them, and their lives begin to unravel. There is a list of tag-a-long friends who fill out the ensemble of this work: Anthony's BFF, Maury Noble; a writer friend named Richard Carmel; the glitzy Joseph Bloeckman; and the young temptress Muriel. These ancillary characters provide a backdrop for the downward spiral of Anthony and Gloria, which is, above all else, tragic. The Beautiful and the Damned follows on the heels of Fitzgerald's bestselling book This Side of Paradise; some have criticized his second work for being too blatant in its message: "find some purpose to your lives, you wastrels!" But it is a good read, and if you love Fitzgerald, it's and indispensable glance into the maturation of one of the most celebrated writers of the 20th century.
Publisher: [United States] :, Sheba Blake Publishing :, 2013.
ISBN: 9781304670205
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Apr 11, 2016

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Aug 08, 2014

It is a remarkable novel about human desires and weaknesses, and what leads to the eventual downfall. I love the ending,as it is both expected and unexpected.

Lauraparr Jan 20, 2014

A beautiful classic. The rise and fall of Anthony and Gloria will have you hooked until the final page.

Aug 06, 2012

An absolutely beautiful read. I loved it from beginning to end. I enjoyed it more than Gatsby.

n2eye Jan 04, 2012

One of the best books I have ever read. Should be required reading for every young adult as a great life lesson.

Dec 02, 2009

I love this book. It's definitely my favourite one of F. Scott Fitzgerald. If you like books about the jazz age, this is a must-read.It takes a while to get into the book but by the end you become really attached to the two main characters. And it paints a rather ironic picture of the tragedy that can occur from overindulgence.

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