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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s second novel is a cautionary tale of reckless ambition and squandered talent set amid the glitter of jazz-age New York.

The novel tells the story of Anthony Patch (a 1920s socialite and presumptive heir to a tycoon’s fortune), the relationship with his wife Gloria, his service in the army, and alcoholism.

At once a morality tale; a meditation on love, money, and decadence; and a social document, the novel provides an excellent portrait of the Eastern elite as the jazz age begins its ascent, engulfing all classes into what will soon be known as café society. As with his other novels, it is a brilliant character study and an early account of the complexities of marriage and intimacy, believed to be largely based on Fitzgerald’s relationship and marriage with Zelda Fitzgerald.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The Jazz Age chronicler’s first great novel.” 

    Times (London)

  • “No one has written more elegiacally about America than F. Scott Fitzgerald.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “If Francis Scott Fitzgerald had not existed, it would have been necessary to invent him.” 

    Sunday Times (London)

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Ruthie | 2/1/2014

    " First book I read on the Kindle, not sure if that made it feel longer, but this book was a slow, often dull read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Aunnalea | 1/4/2014

    " I picked this up because I remember liking the Great Gatsby in high school. Ugh. I didn't care about a single one of these characters until the end. I had to force myself to finish reading it, although the last line was mildly redeeming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brittany Nelson | 12/22/2013

    " I always start this book and never finish it, this time I'm finishing it dammit! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Colleen | 12/18/2013

    " Oh this book - Fitzgerald's writing style is so easy to get into, it fits like a glove - everyone experiences that with Gatsby, the way the book kind of slips on you and every sentence reads well and you feel a part of the time the book captures. This book does that too, and the characters grab your attention just the same - my only problem lies with the story, I guess. I just couldn't enjoy reading about Anythony Patch because his view on life is so awful, and I wanted it to change throughout the whole novel. He is the epitome of those who expect things handed to them, and that is so not me it made me want to scream at times. You get the feeling we are supposed to be half-rooting for him, but often I simply felt sorry for Gloria Gilbert, and exasperated at why Anthony Patch should be the way he is. I think Fitzgerald really tried to say something with this novel - about society, about life, about values - but man, the characters he chose to get that across are not as likeable as I wanted them to be. It made me miss Nick from Gatsby, or even Gatsby himself. There was an aloofness about Gatsby that just wasn't there with Anthony, and surprisingly I think that's what was missing for me. Anthony Patch as a character just aggravated me a lot. Still, I enjoyed this book immensely. My issues with the main character aside I think it's important to note there are two main characters of this novel: anthony and gloria, and gloria is awesome. She's just interesting to read and embodies the time period well. The book did a good job of showing the ups and downs of the first few years of a first marriage, and I think it did so well as to be uncomfortable at times. Sometimes I let the characters' feelings intrude upon me and my own mood, and that just shows how powerful a writer Fitzgerald is. I would recommend this to anyone interested in the time period, or good writing. A book that will make you think and feel, for sure. If you're like me you'll spend a good deal of time just re-reading sentences for their unbelievable craft. Fitzgerald really is great. Overall, definitely a good book. Definitely worth the read :D "

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