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F. Scott Fitzgerald's second novel, The Beautiful and Damned, "marks an advance over This Side of Paradise," Edmund Wilson wrote. "The style is more nearly mature and the subject more nearly unified, and there are scenes that are more convincing than any in his previous fiction."Published in 1922, it chronicles the relationship of Anthony Patch, Harvard-educated aspiring aesthete, and his beautiful wife, Gloria, as they wait to inherit his grandfather's fortune. A devastating satire of the nouveaux rich and New York's nightlife, of reckless ambition and squandered talent, it is also a shattering portrait of a marriage fueled by alcohol and wasted by wealth. The Beautiful and Damned, Fitzgerald wrote to Zelda in 1930, "was all true."
Lyrical, romantic, yet cruelly incisive, it signaled a new stage in Fitzgerald's career. With The Beautiful and Damned, H.L. Mencken commented in The Smart Set, "Fitzgerald ceases to be a wunderkind, and begins to come into his maturity.
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By Emily on 01-20-05

i loved it

I really enjoyed this reading - the narrators' camellion voice captures the various characters tones imaginetively and distinctively. The novel is a tale of love, of history, of woe and immorality. There is no true hero to the story, but nonetheless leaves the listener enamoroured with anthony and gloria's helplessness and deterioration. You hate them for their snobbery, idolize their lavishness, balame them for their fate, and pity them for their eventual destruction.

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By Amazon Customer on 12-20-04

Thick description of ennui

Fitzgerald's ability to describe the tedium of life is outstanding. This is thick description at it's best. Fitzgerald's novel gives the reader a semiautobiographical account of madness with a style that reveals what most of us would not see in the course of everyday life. He allows me the pleasure of reading with a knowing smile the plight of people struggling to "have fun". He does not miss a thing. The desciption is so good and so thick at times I felt the tedium myself and needed to read something else as a break. You return to the book as a moth to a flame.

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By Tom on 07-20-10

A depressing but brilliantly written book

Scott Fitzgerald's 'the Great Gatsby' must be one of the greatest books of the 20th century, and if you enjoyed it, then this book is for you. The story is set out in the blurb above, so I wont repeat it. Suffice it to say that it is a gripping if grim tale and quite brilliantly written - I kept winding back, as it were, just to hear bits of Fitzgerald's sublime prose again - I wish I could write half as well as that! Stunning stuff.

The narration by William Dufris is superb just right for the book. He brings it all alive.

Four stars for me as the story is quite depressing and doom-laden, but you cant stop listening.

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By Tahiya Qureshi on 01-31-17


Would you listen to The Beautiful and the Damned again? Why?

Fitzgerald writes the prettiest prose I've ever come across, and I love love loved the old timey American accent

What other book might you compare The Beautiful and the Damned to, and why?

I saw many similarities to (surprise, surprise!) The Great Gatsby

Which character – as performed by William Dufris – was your favourite?

Probably Muriel, she was adorable!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes - every time I had to stop listening I really didn't want to...

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By Anonymous User on 11-20-17


Excellent reading. Story is full of witty aphorisms. It began to sag a bit near the end but the ending - although expected - was still brilliant

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