The Beautiful and Damned, Paperback Book
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'The victor belongs to the spoils.' Fitzgerald's ironic epigraph to The Beautiful and Damned exemplifies his attitude toward the young rootless post-World War One generation who believed life to be meaningless and who pursued wealth despite its corrosive effect.

Gloria and Anthony Patch party until money runs out; then their goal becomes Adam Patch's fortune. Gloria's beauty fades and Anthony's drinking takes its horrible toll. Fitzgerald here once again displays a wariness of the upper classes, 'an abiding distrust, an animosity, toward the leisure class - not the conviction of a revolutionist but the smouldering hatred of a peasant'.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780199539109

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9/20. Good, not great. I love The Great Gatsby, and I think Fitzgerald is a brilliant author at the worst of times...and this is one of his less good books. Possibly because I've been reading too much about marriages falling apart. I do recommend it - I think there are some incandescant moments in here, some great character portraits, and the ending is absolutely spectacular. By any other author this would be a major work, by Fitzgerald...not so much. He is the opposite of his author character in the novel Carmel, who writes one great book and then is terrible.

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