Midnight with F. Scott Fitzgerald

My fangirl binges lead me to some interesting movies. During my initial love affair with Jeremy Irons I came across Last Call: The Final Chapter of F. Scott Fitzgerald. I confess my initial curiosity for Fitzgerald began here. Seriously why are there not audiobooks where Irons reads Fitzgerald’s books and/or short stories? Those voice-overs alone are enough enticement that I would listen to them! I did sample some of the prose from his novels through library books, but the only thing I digested in full was “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” that was actually on my e-reader and that’s why I decided to read it. I didn’t realize that Fitzgerald had written it or that it was just a short story. I never saw the movie, but I’ve heard mixed reviews about it. I confess that I liked that story.

My latest film addiction is Midnight in Paris. It reignited my desire to really delve into the man’s writings. Flappers and Philosophers was a file that I had added to my e-reader some time ago. So I spent the better part of the past week reading through it. I was surprised to discover that I had read a Fitzgerald short story back in school and that was the one titled “Bernice Bobs Her Hair”. The only classic author whose short stories I remember reading in school would be Mark Twain and that was because I was a big Mark Twain fan growing up. There were elements in Fitzgerald’s short fiction that I liked, but ultimately I feel that I would enjoy his novels more since there could be heavier doses of that prose style that captivates me so.

Perhaps I can read through his books and see if there’s one that captures my heart. I also have This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, and Tales of the Jazz Age downloaded for my e-reader. I know that my local library branch has Tender is the Night and The Last Tycoon in their stacks so there’s a few more that I could read when the mood struck me.


7 thoughts on “Midnight with F. Scott Fitzgerald

    • I noticed from this collection of short stories that I read I find I liked the irony in the endings.

      I’m a bit familiar with The Great Gatsby from the book Reading Lolita in Tehran, which had that big chapter on the Gatsby trial that the author was involved in.

  1. You know I love me my Fitzgerald. He has so many great stories, so me are better than others. Of course I say give them all a try, but that is a lot to get through. If you haven’t read Gatsby then it is a must. It is the best of his novels. Anyways, more popping in to say Hello. I am just finishing one of his essays, called What I think and feel at 25. It is great to get some insight on the man himself.

  2. I loved Midnight in Paris, and it definitely made me want to read more Fitzgerald. I loved Gatsby and enjoyed Tender is the Night, but I’ve yet to read any of his short stories. The movie also made me want to read Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast, which I’ve been meaning to do for years.

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