The Beautiful and the Damned
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.
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February 11, 2013
Little disappoiting but really cool to read
September 28, 2012
Classic Jazz Age Style .
May 07, 2012
I thought the book was pretty good but was disappointed that the ending wasn't more sensational.
Brooke Jasper Barbero
April 13, 2012
One of his best books. The vocabulary may be overwhelming for some; however, it is not boring at all. His style just requires some critical thinking. Not all authors are going to explain as they go, and sometimes the fun is figuring out the theme. There is a reason this novel is part of the literary canon.
January 15, 2012
This story failed to get better as it went along. Very boring and disappointing!
January 11, 2012
Well the book is great ..