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On Booze (New Directions Pearls) [Format Kindle]

F. Scott Fitzgerald

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A collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s best drinking stories makes this the most intoxicating New Directions Pearl yet!

“First you take a drink,” F. Scott Fitzgerald once noted, “then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.” Fitzgerald wrote alcohol into almost every one of his stories. On Booze gathers debutantes and dandies, rowdy jazz musicians, lost children and ragtime riff-raff into a newly compiled collection taken from The Crack-Up, and other works never before published by New Directions. On Booze portrays “The Jazz Age” as Fitzgerald experienced it: roaring, rambunctious, and lush — with quite a hangover.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 288 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 96 pages
  • Editeur : New Directions; Édition : 1 (28 juin 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 "Frayed nerves were strewn everywhere" 23 mai 2012
Par R. M. Peterson - Publié sur
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In this slim book, New Directions capitalizes on (or is it exploits?) the fact that F. Scott Fitzgerald was one of - perhaps even THE - most notorious alcoholic among American authors. According to a publisher's note at the beginning of the volume, these miscellaneous snippets were all taken from the New Directions edition of "The Crack-Up". The back cover trumpets the volume as "A Collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Best Drinking Stories", and goes on to say that ON BOOZE "runs a gauntlet of drunken debauchery as Fitzgerald experienced it: roaring, rambunctious, and lush . . . with quite a hangover."

I have now read the book (something I suspect the blurb-writer did not do) and I find the snappy New Directions marketing on the back cover to be somewhat misleading. Yes, most of the excerpts relate in some way - some explicitly, others tenuously - to Fitzgerald and alcohol, but the book as a whole is far from being a "drunken debauchery". The best parts of it reflect Fitzgerald's unease with his world - the sorts of things that CAUSED his drinking - rather than the drinking itself or the aftermath. The book is a far cry from "Everyday Drinking" by Kingsley Amis, which truly is a compendium devoted to booze and hangovers.

Two of the pieces are superb. "The Crack-Up" is a retrospective psychological/existential self-assessment from the first part of 1936. It contains some brilliant writing, of the sort that engenders dropped jaws, heart palpitations, and sheer envy. "My Lost City" is a world-weary look back on the New York City of the Jazz Age and Fitzgerald's exuberant youth. Two other pieces - "Show Mr. and Mrs. F. to Number -----" (highlights and lowlights from Scott and Zelda's stays in hotels around the world) and "Sleeping and Waking" (about insomnia) - are worthwhile, though not special.

Since all of the contents of ON BOOZE are taken from "The Crack-Up", and since "The Crack-Up" can be purchased from Amazon for about two dollars more, my recommendation would be to skip ON BOOZE and purchase "The Crack-Up." Three-and-a-half stars for this effort, which in my experience is one of the more disappointing things New Directions has produced.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The dismal letdown of a poor marketing strategy... 2 octobre 2013
Par Andrew Ellington - Publié sur
I think what makes this collection so disappointing is that it is nothing that is claims to be and so one who sits down to read this is bound to be unsettled at the fact that `On Booze' is probably the furthest thing from what this book actually presents us with. While the blurb on the back promises tales of drunken debauchery and the `roaring, rambunctious and lush' feel of Fitzgerald's previous writings and his experiences while intoxicated, this collection of stories is far too tame and reserved to be described in that way.

Seriously, whoever wrote the blurb on the back of the book should be fired.

All that said, this collection is actually quite good. Sure, it isn't as captivating, insightful or as memorable as some of Fitzgerald's best work, but it really plays to his strengths as an intellectual writer. I was particularly fond of `Show Mr. and Mrs. F. to Number ----------' and I found `My Lost City' and all its deep-seated observations of life and the struggle to connect with your own surroundings to be some of his best work. As a whole, this is a great collection. It is short and a brisk read (I finished it in a day) and it isn't too wordy and weighty so as to become dull despite the lack of action. These are Fitzgerald's thoughts, observations and personal ideas, and they read beautifully.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Basically Unreadable 20 avril 2013
Par t. a. - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I love Fitzgerald and I love booze. This should have been the perfect read for me, but instead it was just boring. This work lacks the flair and sexiness of typical Fitzgerald.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Scuffed White Cover 8 mars 2014
Par Augustina - Publié sur
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My only complaint is the white cover came scuffed with a black mark and was supposed to be a 'new' book.
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