Friday, May 5, 2017

TALES OF THE JAZZ AGE BY F. SCOTT FITZGERALD - BOOK REVIEW

Hello everyone!

I am back with another book review, today it is the collection of short stories called Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald.


I've been wanting to read more F. Scott Fitzgerald lately so I decided to pick up this collection of short stories to get back in the mood.

There were eight stories in this collection and for the most part, I enjoyed them. I will briefly go through each one individually:

"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" was an interesting story. It was about a baby born an old man and over time he ages backward to a baby. It was a little strange but still good, I've never heard the original story so I was excited by this one.

"Head and Shoulders" was the next story. I didn't love this one as much as the first one - it was good, but I don't know if I fully understood the meaning behind it. I also didn't love the ending, it felt like it just sort of ended.

"The Cut-Glass Bowl" was the third story. It was another peculiar story that I'm not sure how I feel about. I think as the book went on, the stories got more and more strange.

"The Four Fists" was another interesting story that seemed a little odd. I'm used to trying to find a moral or lesson in the text, especially short stories, but I struggled with that in some of these stories.

"May Day" was the fifth story and it was different from the others because this one had some interesting historical references. This story set the tone for more political writing, but it was a lot longer than the others and I lost interest.

"O Russet Witch" was the next one, it was an interesting story about a bookstore and love. The stories are becoming less fantastical and more realistic after and including this one.

"Bernice Bobs Her Hair" was a story about the younger generations of the time period. It was one of the more understandable stories in the collection and was really getting into the realism of the collection.

"The Lees of Happiness" was one of the most 'normal' of the stories and made the most amount of sense.

I found that this collection was organized quite well, the stories were organized to go from fantastical, magical stories to realistic, pragmatic stories about the social and political atmosphere of the Twenties.

Overall, and interesting collection but I found some of the stories a little boring for my taste.