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The Diamond as Big as the Ritz and Other Stories - The Diamond as Big as the Ritz; Bernice Bobs Her Hair; The Ice Palace; May Day; The Bowl (Paperback, New Ed) Loot Price: R34
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The Diamond as Big as the Ritz and Other Stories - The Diamond as Big as the Ritz; Bernice Bobs Her Hair; The Ice Palace; May Day; The Bowl (Paperback, New Ed)

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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These short stories show a highly gifted wit and imagination given room to range wide. Away from the more rigid confines of the grand and tragic themes of his novels Fitzgerald created some of his most wicked satire on the failings of the jazz generation. The curious title story drips with sardonic criticism of the money obsessed age he was living in. A modern Grimm's tale, the young hero is taken to a diamond mountain guarded with the utmost ruthlessness by an East Coast stockbroker type. It is a hilarious parable, aimed at the currupting nature of absolute wealth. Social status, rather than mere money, on the debutante ballroom scene is the subject of 'Bernice Bobs Her Hair'. Popularity is the prize of the Ball and looking at today's US high school tales not much has changed in the last 80 years. Bernice is not popular and hopeless at decoding the politics of the dancefloor until her elegant cousin guides her towards success before executing her downfall. In teh 1920s, bobbing your hair was the equivalent of genital piercing and the social cruelty described is as painful as the latter. Other stories dwell on his cold, austere mid-west roots, the circus of college football and the various classes at play on May Day. In many ways these are blunter weapons than his novels but they are unmistakably Fitzgerald. Sharp and, insightful they entertain and resonate with an easy grace; they are clearly the product of one of America's greatest talents. (Kirkus UK)
This book includes 6 of the Roaring Twenties chronicler's most scintillating short stories, chosen from "Flappers and Philosophers" (1920) and "Tales of the Jazz Age" (1922). This inexpensive volume comprises "The Diamond as Big as the Ritz," "The Ice Palace," "Bernice Bobs Her Hair," "May Day," "The Jelly-Bean," and "The Offshore Pirate."


Imprint: Penguin Classics
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: May 2007
Authors: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Dimensions: 178 x 110 x 7mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Mass Market
Pages: 192
Edition: New Ed
ISBN-13: 978-0-14-062238-6
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
Books > Fiction > Special features > Short stories
Books > Fiction > Special features > Classic fiction
LSN: 0-14-062238-1
Barcode: 9780140622386

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