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Babylon Revisited: And Other Stories Paperback – May 24, 1996
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In Babylon Revisited: And Other Stories you will deepen your understanding of the novels . . . and of their author in these often semi-autobiographical tales. The best stories have as much impact as any of the novels in a spare exposition that adds to their power.
Each story deals with the same general theme: We live on hope which is based on illusions about reality. When faced with reality, we happily escape into new hopes based on different illusions. We are sort of like Peter Pan: We don't want to grow up.
The theme comes across with startling persuasiveness as Fitzgerald unpeels the many forms of hopeful illusions that will seem familiar to every reader.
The stories build chronologically across the backdrop of the United States after World War I in the 20's and 30's. That shift in authorship times also inadvertently adds the drama of seeing how the psychology of the young and educated changed as American went from mindless boom to seemingly unending bust.
Fitzgerald has a rich imagination to makes his world open up for readers so that you can feel both the physical sensations and the emotions of the characters . . . and become the characters while you are reading.
The stories themselves have that delightful quality of exaggeration that makes his points indelible.
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Charlie himself is the regeneration of Babylon. During the economic boom of the 20's, Charlie and his wife lived life to its fullest and most shallow degree. They partied until sunup. They squandered wealth. We even get the impression that there was a significant amount of infidelity existing on both sides. As with Babylon, Charlie is punished: The stock market crash in 1929 liberates him of a fortune, "his child [is] taken from his control, [and] his wife escaped to a grave in Vermont."
As with Babylon, Charlie's fall had its rejoicers and mourners. Marion, his wife's bereaved sister, saw Charlie's fall as an opportunity to gain control of his child, and with sincere intentions rid her family of the sinner. Though she doesn't expressly rejoice in her brother-in-laws demise, she does blame him for her sister's death and understands why his life has turned out askew. Duncan and Lorraine, on the other hand, mourned the loss of their sinister partner in indulgence.
This story is complete with all of the historic reference and symbolism that has come to define F. Scott Fitzgerald. What a fantastic, unbelievably creative writer. It's amazing how timeless his writings are, and "Babylon Revisited" is the perfect example of that fact. It really makes you think about your own life.
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Great book. Learned a lot about World War I. Very historicalPublished 3 months ago by Michele Payne Foster
Babylon Revisited and Other Stories consists of 10 short stories authored by F. Scott Fitzgerald between 1920 and 1937. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Michael G.
If you like short stories and like F. Scott Fitzgerald in particular, you will enjoy this book. We read it for our book club, and I found myself getting confused trying to remember... Read morePublished 11 months ago by L. Utz
Sure, this is a collection of some of the best short fiction ever written, produced by one of America's finest prose stylists. Read morePublished on November 8, 2013 by Bill Slocum
I read these stories on my own --- that is, not as part of a educational curriculum. So maybe with insights from a professor or literary critic I'd understand more about their... Read morePublished on August 23, 2013 by Avid Reader
This book is really riveting; there is a lot of subtle symbolism and the plots and social commentary really tells a lot about the time period this was written.Published on March 4, 2013 by Hyundee
Used book very good condition. Enjoying the short stories. Will donate to charity book "store" when finished reading them.Published on June 25, 2010 by Jackie Jewett
The literary voice of the ninteen-twenties' "Jazz Age," F. Scott Fitzgerald was out of step with the grimmer thirties. Read morePublished on January 7, 2007 by Stephen Conn