Babylon Revisited has to be one of my favourite short stories of all time. He looked at her, startled. When Zelda suffered a breakdown and was committed to a sanitarium in Switzerland, Rosalind felt that Scott was unfit to raise their daughter and that Rosalind and Newman should adopt her. He wakes up happy, and the Peters have agreed he can take Honoria, though they will retain legal guardianship. Honoria looked at her father expectantly. I hadn't read a lot of his short stories before this, and I'm really glad I picked this up. The reformed alcoholic, Charlie Wales, represents who Fitzgerald wanted to be, while other characters represent close relatives.
I loved the characters in these stories and for me, it is all about the fictional people and what they can show me about myself that I enjoy Fitzgerald because he is straightforward and real. She pulled his head around by one ear and set her cheek against his. The book is a great cross section of a great writer's career, from beginning to almost end. Back in Paris, he faces the scene of his disgusting hedonist meltdown, and can barely stand to look. He tells them that he now only takes one drink a day, and that he has reformed from his wild days of three years ago.
Charlie had never been sensitive to it and was always surprised when people spoke of how pretty she had been. He thought he knew what to do for her. He was sure now that Lincoln Peters wanted him to have his child. What's more, Fitzgerald even later wrote in a letter to Scottie that she had ''made money'' for him when he had sold the short story that's ultimately about their relationship. The historical setting to the story made it interesting to read, as it gave what seemed to be a possible experience for a family in the early Depression-era after the stock market crash. He emphatically did not want to see her, and he was glad Alix had not given away his hotel address.
Reading these stories reminded me a lot of Gatsby one of my all time favourites and I'm eager to finally read my next Fitzgerald novel although I'm not sure which one I'll pick up first. I'm bringing my sister over from America next month to keep house for me. I think the main point for her is whether she has confidence in you or not. He was curious to see Paris by night with clearer and more judicious eyes than those of other days. The end could be construed as sad or hopeful, although I tend to believe the later. The story is rooted in the financial crisis of its times.
In the little hours of the night every move from place to place was an enormous human jump, an increase of paying for the privilege of slower and slower motion He remembered thousand franc notes given to an orchestra for playing a single number, hundred franc notes tossed to a doorman for calling a cab. Charlie scribbled an address in his notebook and tore out the page. When he turned into the bar he travelled the twenty feet of green carpet with his eyes fixed straight ahead by old habit; and then, with his foot firmly on the rail, he turned and surveyed the room, encountering only a single pair of eyes that fluttered up from a newspaper in the corner. Scott Fitzgerald led a tumultuous life. The plot and people here are so smooth and genuine at the same time. They don't go according to any rules.
The story is quite horrific and it reminded me of Edgar Allan Poe. Lincoln set down Honoria carefully. We're happy to have Honoria here. There's this very naked and very stark beauty to Fitzgerald's writing that I haven't found in any other writer. Lorraine and I insist that all this shishi, cagy business 'bout your address got to stop. Nevertheless, he can't help but feel hopeful when he goes to finalize arrangements for Honoria's departure.
Using his own personal experiences and the history unfolding around him, Fitzgerald paints the portrait of a man and a generation struggling with the deeds of the past and the bleakness of the future. The writing, the tone, the characters,the plot. But I try to take it. She was a tall woman with worried eyes, who had once possessed a fresh American loveliness. A few doors farther on he found another ancient rendezvous and incautiously put his head inside. He hung on to himself for a moment, another moment.
He lunched with Lincoln Peters at Griffons, trying to keep down his exultation. Though the war ended before Fitzgerald was deployed, he met Zelda Sayre, whom he would later marry, while he was posted in Alabama. He struck it big on the stock market which led to him and his wife coming to Paris to live a life of drinking, partying, and acting cruelly to one another. A long peal at the door-bell; the bonne à tout faire passed through and went down the corridor. The other two stories, both shorter, are more pointed - the Cut-Glass Bowl a wandering into the consequences of materialism in the 1920s, and the Lost Decade an entertaining step back, asking what might America and Ameri A very revealing set of three stories with strong autobiographical elements, written towards the end of F Scott Fitzgerald's career. That said, the short stories by and large still work for me.
The feeling of, how did they get there? This is a great collection of short stories! Honoria had been told she was going; Charlie was glad to see that her tact made her conceal her excessive happiness. All the children are looking well. By 1931, Zelda had begun to suffer from mental illness. They don't know about me down there. A tale of boom and bust, about the debts one has to pay when the party comes to an end, it is a story with particular relevance for the way we live now.