Betrayed by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Betrayed by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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by Ron Carlson
     
 

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“Ron Carlson’s novel is in the coming-of-age tradition, with the contemporary attributes of humor and cool. . . . I liked Larry for his unpretentiousness, his wry, caring angle on experience.” —New York Times
In this tender, comic novel, Larry Boosinger—graduate student, writer, garage attendant, escaped convict (and perhaps a person)

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“Ron Carlson’s novel is in the coming-of-age tradition, with the contemporary attributes of humor and cool. . . . I liked Larry for his unpretentiousness, his wry, caring angle on experience.” —New York Times
In this tender, comic novel, Larry Boosinger—graduate student, writer, garage attendant, escaped convict (and perhaps a person)—has one foot in late adolescence while he searches frantically for a place to put the other. Beset by illusions, attracted by paradoxes, Larry carries on his allegorical fistfight with life. He operates in a movie-created world where attempts are made at perfection. Enamored of the romantic ideals of old movies, popular songs, and his own personal hero, F. Scott Fitzgerald, he seeks experience that will match his expectations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393301687
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
05/17/1984
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Ron Carlson teaches creative writing at Arizona State and lives in Scottsdale. His stories, much anthologized, have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, Playboy, and other magazines.

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Betrayed by F. Scott Fitzgerald 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Betrayed by F. Scott Fitzgerald written by Ron Carlson is about a college student, Larry. Near the beginning of the story his fiancé leaves him for another man. Larry then, decides to drop out of college and start an adventurous filled life, doing whatever he desired on whim. This adventurous life takes a drastic turn when it lead to him being framed and ending up in jail. While in prison, he made many friends, which were on his baseball team, the Dangerous Convicts. The night after their last game they decided it was time to finally break out of jail. When freed, Larry decided to set out and clear his name. The rest of the story is of his best friend and himself and their adventures to clear his name. Overall the story was pretty good, and well written. I would personally give it a 3.5 out of 5, because while it was in most places able to captivate your attention, it lacked significantly in others. There were parts of the book when I was engaged in each sentence and turning the pages one right after another. But there were also times where I would sit reading the same paragraph again and again, trying to pay attention the whole time. It was a well told story, with an agreeable ending, but at times it felt a little too depressing as we listened mostly to trial after trial that Larry had to endure. It was in these times when everything seemed so depressing that reading became the hardest.