- Paperback: 202 pages
- Publisher: Wisehouse Classics; 2016 ed. edition (February 14, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9176372073
- ISBN-13: 978-9176372074
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 810 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #856,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fitzgerald finally has material he feels strongly about: Zelda's breakdown, and his own deterioration. He has a store of painful emotions to draw from. Dick Diver is ruined by the rich at the simplest level, but the true source of his collapse is his need to be loved and admired, leading him to squander his emotional capital. He succeeds at curing his patient-wife at the cost of his own career.
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The book is well formatted and presents well on the Kindle. The native font is fine, but all the Kindle options - font selection, font size, line spacing, and margins - work properly. The book has a sloppy Table of Contents which I did not find to be active. The Kindle "Go To" function was a better choice for navigation anyway. There are no notes or annotations, and no editor foreword or supplementary material, apart from one page of production notes. This is a bare bones, but faithful, transcription of the text. This copy avoids the dreaded error where a letter, (usually "f" or "t" for some reason), has been omitted everywhere in the text. The text here is clean. There are no, (or very, very few), odd page breaks, no paragraphing problems, no garbled sentences, and no other format issues.
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The subject of rapidly changing life and the disillusionment of the protagonist in his own generation and its values and views is delivered superbly, just like Amory’s character development, who grows and gradually transforms in front of the reader’s eyes from a careless and even shallow “egotist” (as Fitzgerald himself calls him) into a thinker and even somewhat of a disillusioned philosopher who searches for the meaning of life and completely reevaluates his own in the very end of the novel. That uncertainty in which he’s left, that somewhat of an open ending is an excellent tool in delivering the idea that maybe nothing is lost yet for this new generation, and that maybe with more young men like Amory it will find itself and reinvent itself once again, abandoning its old, traditional and rotten materialistic form.
A truly magnificent literary work that everyone needs to read at least once in their life. Highly, highly recommended.