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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2006

    One of my favorite books

    I am a fan of Fitzgerald, but this is my favorite. I probably read this book four times already. The characters are so rich and complex, heartbreaking and funny all at once. I don't know how he does it!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2003

    Read this one for the same reason you read Gatsby

    Fantastic use of metaphor and simile, and filled with the numerous examples of Fitzgerald's often stunning lyricism. It doesnt quite reach the all-time peaks as Gatsby; and it DOES suffer from a bit of the same undergraduate's self-consciousness that dogged This Side of Paradise throughout. But its still a delightful book, and F Scott Fitzgerald's 2nd best book--is still several miles ahead of almost anyone else. The scene where Anthony (Scott) is selling Bonds en masse to a captured audience in a drug store, is also one of the funniest things I've ever read!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2004

    A Good Book

    The Beautiful and Damned us the story of Anthony Patch and Gloria Gilbert. It takes place in the New York area in the 1920's. Gloria is very vain and has many men. Anthony and Gloria go on a date and Anthony falls in love with her. After several months they get married. Neither one works and they live off of Anthony's inheritance from his father, which isn't very much. They are very involved in the social scene, and go out most nights of the week. Their money slowly dwindles away but they are counting on inheriting millions from Anthony's grandfather. This was a very good book. You forget that it is set about eighty years ago. The book also gets you very involved. You are constantly yelling at Anthony to get a job and at Gloria to get over herself. I would recommend this book to anyone.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2003

    The title describes it perfectly

    Fitzgerald can work a pen like no other writer in history. He's is notoriously uncredited for his innovation skills, in Beautiful and Damned, you'll see why. Many people don't understand the genius of Fitzgerald and label him as an untalented and dry writer who just got lucky with Gatsby. If you are one of these people, read his book and you will change your mind. If you like his, I strongly suggest you to read Fitzgerald's best work, and the best American novel in my mind: Tender is the Night. They both deal with a deterioraion of the main character, but they go about in different ways. Both ways are equally interesting.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2011

    Great

    This was a great read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2010

    classic

    This is my favorite Fitzgerald novel. Because the main characters were supposed to be based on Fitzgerald and his wife, the relationship between Anthony and Gloria was especially interesting. The 1920s are a period that fascinates me, so the background of this story was exciting for me. Fitzgerald's writing is great, and he has his usual sharp insights into society.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2006

    In search of Happiness

    There often exists in our society this sort of tacit idea that if only we were wealthier then so many of our problems would be solved and happiness would be handed to us on a silver platter. Many men spend their entire lives looking up to the well to do, always stuck in a rat race to try and reach for wealth and try and find in it happiness. Yet Fitzgerald is able to decimate this mirage of this association between wealth and happiness. This is most importantly done through the characterization of Anthony Patch. He is first seen as a very hollow man, with no passion of any sort. He can¿t find meaning in his work, ridiculing those who do. The only thing he ever holds dear and in which he finds meaning is his marriage to a girl with almost the exact same problem. They seem to have no problems, being young, innately wealthy and free to do what they wish. Through the entire novel the two continue to throw ever more elaborate parties. Yet when the liquor wears off and the guests have left, they are left with an allegorical mess, completely meaningless. The only place they can truly find happiness is in their marriage. Fitzgerald is able to show how wealth often ruins men, highlighting the major problems of his era. The way in which Fitzgerald is able to create a character like Anthony Patch that represents the problems of such a gilded era makes the Beautiful and Damned worth reading. Not only does it eloquently represent an era that otherwise might seem so foreign, but it also has a universal message, that even today many struggle with.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2006

    Fitzgerald's Writing Style

    F. Scott Fitzgerald has a wonderful style of writing that emphasizes important dialogue between characters or potentially confusing dialogue. He emphasizes these passages by writing them in a play format. This style along with other elements makes his book The Beautiful and Damned a book worth reading. One section of this book that Fitzgerald¿s style of writing was useful was in Book Two, Chapter 1 (The Radiant Hour), in the section entitled ¿Ushers.¿ All of the men were conversing with one another with little else going on about them. Had this section been written in a traditional style it would have been very hard to tell who was saying what. Another section where this was an effective writing style was in Book One, Chapter 1 (Anthony Patch), in the section entitled ¿A Flash-Back in Paradise.¿ The dialogue between the voice and the idea of Beauty was significant and didn¿t need any description of surroundings or time and place, so this style worked perfect for what this section was being used for. Fitzgerald¿s ability to connect several writing styles in his books makes his writing more effective that if it were written in one style only. The Beautiful and Damned is definitely a book worth reading, especially to read through F. Scott Fitzgerald¿s unique style.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2006

    Silent Screams of Change

    ¿It is the manner of life seldom to strike but always to wear away.¿ In The Beautiful and Damned, the author, F. Scott Fitzgerald creates a compelling struggle between life and his two dynamic characters Anthony and Gloria. Fitzgerald inserts his own questions of life and relationships in the offhand statements of his characters, usually too well placed to even be noticed by the reader. And such is the manner of The Beautiful and Damned, to strike at the soul and mind and to wear away our own definitions and conceptions through silent screams of indecision, fear and regret. Fitzgerald uses his understanding of literature and the power of words to convey two stories: one on the surface, and one, hidden below all plot lines, running deep within each character and within all people who have ever dared to live. He uses color and imagery to clue his readers to this underlying message. Also, Fitzgerald writes in a ¿play-like¿ manner, with certain character dialogues, a sense of staging, narration and even in some parts of the book even special ¿play-like¿ formatting. This method creates an image of the surface plot, the plot the reader can tangibly grasp: the raised print on the page, the crisp sheets, the grammar and the structure of the story. These elements leave behind all that the reader feels and understands on a deeper level inside the mind, making each reader digest all this information alone, because it is not just bluntly stated by Fitzgerald on paper. This story allows the reader to just read a story, or to jump into the structure of the mind and soul, freeing locked feelings and questions. Fitzgerald¿s power is to massage his words giving each phrase the power to strike the reader and let them see themselves for the first time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2006

    Excellent prose, a work of art

    The Beautiful and Damned is the story of Anthony and Gloria Patch as they struggle to maintain the passion of their young love through the trials and tribulations of an increasingly monotonous society. It is a triumph of the literary arts and contains some of the most beautiful prose ever to be written in all of literature. Readers will recognize immediately from the very first page Fitzgerald¡¯s distinctive style of writing. It is clearly evident from reading Fitzgerald¡¯s prose that each word in the novel was picked with careful consideration. Every word has a rational for its existence within the novel. Every single one of them are masterfully ordered and structured to form some of the most flowery prose in all of American literature. Fitzgerald¡¯s beautiful prose truly highlights all of the passion and the romance of the novel. They give further emphasis on the beauty and passion of Gloria and Anthony¡¯s young love and their desperate attempts to maintain it. In addition, Fitzgerald further breaks the monotony of his novel by introducing passages in script format. These segments of the novel truly display Fitzgerald¡¯s mastery of the dialogue. They provide him with an opportunity to develop characterizations using only dialogue and thus serve as a refreshing change of pace in the novel. Fitzgerald¡¯s mastery of the English language is easily apparent in every page of The Beautiful and Damned. It is a very easy recommendation for anyone who wishes to see the true beauty of the English language. It is an outstanding piece of literature and thus earns this reviewer¡¯s seal of approval.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2006

    Marriage is the opposite of Love

    In many of Fitzgerald¿s novels he often portrays marriage as the opposite of love. The Beautiful and Damned is no different. As the young Gloria and Anthony hurtle through their life with reckless abandon, their love slowly crumbles along with their marriage and sense of selves. Just as many of Fitzgerald¿s other lovers, the young couple marries and lives a loveless life. At the beginning of the novel the reader is introduced to Anthony Patch, a young man full of ideals, terrified of death and still searching for love. He meets his friend¿s cousin, the beautiful debutante, Gloria Gilbert, and falls in love with her. This is the beginning of his long fall from glory. While Anthony courts Gloria, he is at the high point in his life. He has his grandfather¿s approval, his friends are succeeding and he is quite happy with himself. Gloria is much the same, her family is successful and she can enjoy doing whatever she wishes with her life. She describes this position and state of mind as being ¿clean.¿ However, as soon as they get married, their problems start to grow. This is first seen at their marriage when Fitzgerald describes their emotions to the reader but there are feeling completely different about the marriage. Anthony is devoid of emotion and feels numb while Gloria is overflowing with emotion and is ready to burst. Things only get worse on their honeymoon. Their small differences only get bigger and bigger as they continue on their life. As the marriage continues their love for each other seems to shrink away until it becomes only a memory of what it once as. It is this memory that drives Anthony to begin drinking and to have an affair with Dot. At the end of the novel we see Anthony and Gloria, barely even connected to each other any longer, held together by mere duty. Although they have been granted the wealth they had always dreamed of having, neither Anthony or Gloria is as happy as they once were. This fact is only amplified by girl who comments that Gloria is pretty but doesn¿t seem ¿clean.¿ The symbolism behind this is that Gloria and Anthony, due to their marriage are no longer in love and happy but are instead married, the opposite. Fitzgerald uses this theme in many of his novels, but in no novel is as obvious or as poignantly put as in The Beautiful and Damned. In this portrait of the Jazz Age Fitzgerald certainly makes his point: Marriage destroys love.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2006

    An Excellent Read- The Beautiful And Damned

    An Excellent Read- The Beautiful And Damned F. Scott Fitzgerald utilized characterization to make his novel The Beautiful and Damned well worth reading. Fitzgerald¿s nontraditional use of characterization made his book a literary treasure. Continuing after his first novel This Side of Paradise, Fitzgerald did an excellent job of using his characters to create the literary classic The Beautiful and Damned. Fitzgerald captured the unusual nature of his two main characters Gloria and Anthony Patch successfully in this work of fiction. Fitzgerald made use of the ¿Jazz Age¿ to capture the youth of a generation in Gloria and Anthony. The success of their marriage is dependant on an inheritance and the characters¿ failure to grasp reality leads the couple into moral and monetary debt. The two drink too much, spend too much money, and party too much, which takes them down a path of torment and ruin. The unusual character choice by Fitzgerald makes this novel worthy of note, and definitely more appealing. The reluctance of Anthony to work continually darkens their situation and strains their relationship. Anthony himself summarizes the situation best: ¿I do nothing, for there¿s nothing I can do that¿s worth doing.¿ The pressure of the situation forces the couple¿s mental state into a rapid decline. Fitzgerald focused on their pursuit of happiness and self-indulgence to create a partnership between two characters that could only come from the mind of Fitzgerald himself. This gut-wrenching story of an ill-fated couple captures the essence of the ¿roaring twenties¿, and the drama of a love gone stale. The trials and tribulations that Gloria and Anthony face create a novel that I enjoyed and would definitely suggest for a delectable read. Fitzgerald¿s nontraditional characterization made his book excellent and his novel passed my evaluation with flying colors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2006

    The Beautiful and Damned

    The Beautiful and Damned fallows the lives of Antony Patch and his wife Gloria Gilbert. In the beginning Anthony is introduced to Gloria through a friend. He is automatically intrigued by her, and many people can see the difference, in Anthony especially as he strongly pursues Gloria. Anthony and Gloria have a quick falling out before they inevitably get married. Their marriage starts out wonderful, they are madly in love, but it quickly deteriorates as Anthony refuses to look for work, and becomes more of a partying alcoholic. Anthony and Gloria are both money striving people, and they were waiting for Anthony¿s Grandfather to pass away. All they wanted was the money. In the end, after many people had lost respect for Anthony, they gained respect because he pulled through. This book was far different from any F. Scott Fitzgerald book I have ever read. I do not believe it is nearly as good as The Great Gatsby or This Side of Paradise, but if you are an avid Fitzgerald fan it is still a great read. It holds the romantic aspect that Fitzgerald intertwines in his books, and also explains the 1920¿s very vividly. Even though I do not find this book nearly as good as some of Fitzgerald¿s other works, it is still quite wonderful, filled with suspense and question. I would recommend this book mainly because it keeps you locked in and wondering what is going to happen on the next page. It is a wonderful work of literature.

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