Beautiful Fools: The Last Affair of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald

Beautiful Fools: The Last Affair of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald

by R. Clifton Spargo
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Beautiful Fools: The Last Affair of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book by a great author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spargo novel is a story for all times. Why? Because this is not only the story of Zelda and Scott, but also the story of the madness and kindness of the complexity of the human personalities. Scott and Zelda relationship was swimming in rivers of fantasy. It is for that reason that they were the perfect auto destructive cocktail because they could not visualize that the world was more than an idea. They confused their expectations with their reality, and this was exactly their turning point their point of not return. 
Mirella More than 1 year ago
Beautiful Fools is a poignant, heartwrenching, and tender portrayal of a couple who desperately try to hang on to a doomed love. Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald had risen to great heights, but the Great Depression and drink and mental illness have taken their toll upon their lives and their marriage. So, in 1939, Fitzgerald leaves his mistress and scrapes up enough money to take Zelda out of the mental institution for a vacation in Cuba. This novel spans those precious dwindling few days.  Spargo's portrayal of this famous husband and wife is beautifully rendered depicting Zelda's love for her husband and her attempt to keep any bitterness against him for past faults like not taking her dancing seriously and for writing abouther. Scott on the other hand, struggles to keep his drinking at bay for his wife's sake, his reckless behavior, his lies, his secrets.  This character driven story is a beautiful rendition of their lives, of lost love, of dying dreams, of the struggle to let go of the past. The author has given us an indepth look at the secrets and failures of this very fascinating couple.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
R. Clifton Spargo’s Beautiful Fools is brilliant of those novels that I could visualize as I read along and one that I did not want to end. Paragraphs that sometimes demanded re-reading because of their intensity and depth. An identification on my part that will not  soon be shaken because I can still feel Zelda & Scott's desperation and humanity. And chaos. Beautiful and masterful work, really. With an intellectual style of writing that challenges the reader to discard the illusion of catharsis grounded in Aristotelian homogeneity, Spargo masterfully depicts the non-cohesive and dissonant reality of the Fitzgeralds.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful Fools is a compelling fictional novel about real people - in this case, F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda - and chronicles their trip to Cuba in what proves to be the last time they see each other before his death. For me, the book stirred a range of emotions - from being totally angry at the ridiculous behavior of the fools, to sorrow that they just can't seem to overcome their own demons. In the end, I'm still unsure of whether a "good" marriage can be one where the pair seem more obligated to "love" than freely giving - but certainly this novel has given me a subject that I'll ponder for some time to come. I LOVE a book that makes me question something that I think I already have an answer to. In the midst of so many tales on our bookshelves that overly romanticize tumultuous relationships, Spargo offers a refreshing alternative. Superbly written, thoroughly enjoyed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful Fools by R Clifton Spargo paints a vivid portrait of the time, place and characters in this courageous work of historical fiction. I felt as though I was transported to Cuba and into the fascinating psyches of both Scott and Zelda. A lot to take on for both author and reader - fortunately the story is so captivating and exciting, you won't be able to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Gorgeously written, deeply emotional, a fabulous understanding/imagining of a complicated and fascinating relationship. My comparison would be to "Alabama Song" by Gilles Leroy. "Alabama Song" was written from the POV of Zelda, using the facts of her life to create a very probable fiction. I think BEAUTIFUL FOOLS does the same. It is a beautiful and sensual fiction story of Scott and Zelda, imagined at a point in their lives when their self-destructive paths could no longer be altered. Spargo seems to have slipped under the skin of both Zelda and Scott and come very close to describing their real joy as well as their pain. The book paints a rare sensibility of both of their futures and the battle they wage for their bodies as well as their souls. He does a wonderful job of mixing elements of fact/biography and imagination. Kudos to the author!