I finally finished reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s collection of short stories Tales of the Jazz Age. Here is a quick rundown of each of the stories about which I haven’t already posted:
“May Day” – For those who think Fitzgerald’s stories are too depressing and his characters too shallow, this isn’t the story that will change their mind. I can’t get the phrase “I’m a li’l stewed, Edith” out of my head.
“A Diamond As Big As the Ritz” – I read this story prior to blogging. It’s one of my favorites from this collection and it’s the one, in my opinion, from which a movie should have been made.
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” – This was the story actually made into a movie – an incredibly long movie for a short story. I also read this before blogging. It was an interesting story but I found it too gimmicky. It wasn’t the only story in this collection I found to be this way. Sometimes the gimmicks worked, sometimes they didn’t.
“‘O Russett Witch'” – This story holds the record for longest length of time it’s taken me to read a short story. It seems to go on and on. Is Caroline a witch or isn’t she? I don’t know. It did contain some beautiful writing, though, such as this paragraph:
The years between thirty-five and sixty-five revolve before the passive mind as one unexplained, confusing merry-go-round. True, they are a merry-go-round of ill-gaited and wind-broken horses, painted first in pastel colors, then in dull grays and browns, but perplexing and intolerably dizzy the thing is, as never were the merry-go-rounds of childhood or adolescence; as never, surely, were the certain-coursed, dynamic roller-coasters of youth.
“Mr. Icky: The Quintessence of Quaintness in One Act” – A short story that is an odd and sometimes humorous play.
“Jemina, The Mountain Girl” – An incredibly funny story that reminds me of something Kurt Vonnegut would write. Some from my adopted state, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, might find offense in this story. I just find it funny.
All in all, Fitzgerald has more of a sense of humor than his Lost Generation cohort Ernest Hemingway.
Here are links to my posts about the other stories in the collection:
Also, check out Hamlette the Dame’s great review of this collection over at The Edge of the Precipice!