Summary

F. Scott Fitzgerald's second novel, The Beautiful and the Damned, "marks an advance over This Side of Paradise," Edmund Wilson wrote. "The style is more nearly mature and the subject more nearly unified, and there are scenes that are more convincing than any in his previous fiction." Published in 1922, it chronicles the relationship of Anthony Patch, Harvard-educated aspiring aesthete, and his beautiful wife, Gloria, as they wait to inherit his grandfather's fortune. A devastating satire of the nouveaux rich and New York's nightlife, of reckless ambition and squandered talent, it is also a shattering portrait of a marriage fueled by alcohol and wasted by wealth. The Beautiful and the Damned, Fitzgerald wrote to Zelda in 1930, "was all true."
Lyrical, romantic, yet cruelly incisive, it signaled a new stage in Fitzgerald's career. With The Beautiful and the Damned, H.L. Mencken commented in The Smart Set, "Fitzgerald ceases to be a wunderkind, and begins to come into his maturity.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Tom on 20-07-10

A depressing but brilliantly written book

Scott Fitzgerald's 'the Great Gatsby' must be one of the greatest books of the 20th century, and if you enjoyed it, then this book is for you. The story is set out in the blurb above, so I wont repeat it. Suffice it to say that it is a gripping if grim tale and quite brilliantly written - I kept winding back, as it were, just to hear bits of Fitzgerald's sublime prose again - I wish I could write half as well as that! Stunning stuff.

The narration by William Dufris is superb just right for the book. He brings it all alive.

Four stars for me as the story is quite depressing and doom-laden, but you cant stop listening.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tahiya Qureshi on 31-01-17

<3

Would you listen to The Beautiful and the Damned again? Why?

Fitzgerald writes the prettiest prose I've ever come across, and I love love loved the old timey American accent

What other book might you compare The Beautiful and the Damned to, and why?

I saw many similarities to (surprise, surprise!) The Great Gatsby

Which character – as performed by William Dufris – was your favourite?

Probably Muriel, she was adorable!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes - every time I had to stop listening I really didn't want to...

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5 out of 5 stars
By Emily on 20-01-05

i loved it

I really enjoyed this reading - the narrators' camellion voice captures the various characters tones imaginetively and distinctively. The novel is a tale of love, of history, of woe and immorality. There is no true hero to the story, but nonetheless leaves the listener enamoroured with anthony and gloria's helplessness and deterioration. You hate them for their snobbery, idolize their lavishness, balame them for their fate, and pity them for their eventual destruction.

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5 out of 5 stars
By jill on 24-11-13

What a difference a great reader makes

I'd tried to listen to this book from a different reader once before - couldn't get through the first few chapters as a result, and I just recall hating the book as a result. So I gave it another try with this new reader. Dufris has some odd voices, but the Anthony Patch character, and his acting through this complex part, really made Fitzgerald's prose sing. I am new to Fitzgerald, recently having read new bios on Zelda, so I've been more keenly interested in his works. Dufris seemed to be in tune with the characters, flow, style that Fitzgerald imbued his piece with. Great book, great performance, worth the time. Entertaining.

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