Is the beautiful and damned a good book
Review: The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald – Brave New World of Books and CultureLook Inside Reading Guide. Reading Guide. Aug 10, ISBN Feb 12, ISBN Feb 23, ISBN
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Torrey Gazette is the combined work of everyday Christians blogging on books, family, art, and theology. So pull up a seat and join us. Family Table rules apply. Shouting is totally acceptable. In continuing my focused on fiction, I turned to F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Beautiful and Damned. My wife had gotten the ebook for free and in having "purchased" the kindle version, I was able to purchase the audiobook version on the cheap.
I have a suspicion—which I should hate to have to defend with concrete evidence—that a lot of people in the kindly but cool October of life are pointing to Mr. Scott Fitzgerald as the interpreter of the "younger generation," and are reading him as someone who understands what they do not quite understand nor altogether like, but which fascinates them as May will, I suppose, always fascinate October. They view with alarm this youth whose slogan seems to them to be Freedom is a Bonfire, Come and Jump into it; they recall the crude cruel frankness of our twenties, the young drinking or dancing couples going through the motions of pleasure with faces passionately meaningless; they ruefully, perhaps enviously, accept what they take to be Fitzgerald's testimony and say to themselves, a little too self-consciously perhaps, Blessed be the ugly, for they shall not live on the seamy side of Paradise. As a member of a generation which here chooses to remain nameless, I insist that Mr. Fitzgerald is not a witness, and not an interpreter. His novel may have a contemporary ring and contemporary furniture, but his story is an old one.