In this book we are able to see some happy times along with the troubled times. Although the main events of this book are real, proven instances from their tumultuous life together, the perspective put forward is at best imagined by author Therese Anne Fowler. The book accurately details the known events of Scott's and Zelda's life together. For readers who come to this book with a more informed background might not be as impressed; this is an entertaining biography not an academic one. When beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre meets F. We see their struggles through Zelda's eyes or supposed eyes based on Fowler's research. In particular the opportunities for women beyond the role of home-maker drew Zelda and frustrated Scott.
Wiki refers to as its source. However, each time I was intrigued with an aspect of the story, I would stop and wonder if it was real since this is a work of fiction. Her accentuated Southern drawl fits the young, spoiled Zelda superbly. But after Scott sells his first novel, This Side of Paradise, to Scribner's, Zelda optimistically boards a train north, to marry him in the vestry of St. To do this she sanitises Zelda, whitewashes all her excesses, dumbs her down. Paul and Long Island wife: mother, painter, writer, flapper, feminist Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald.
How might it be handled differently today? They were the Jazz Age. If anything I've said here seems uncomplimentary, that's certainly not my intent. Her father is deeply unimpressed. I was able to fill in the gaps with what I gleaned from nonfiction accounts. In the spirit of Loving Frank and The Paris Wife , Therese Anne Fowler shines a light on Zelda instead of her more famous husband, providing both justice and the voice she struggled to have heard in her lifetime. I anticipate and wait for the Scott Fitzgerald point of view of this story to come to fruition by this writer or a similarly capable author. Everything seems new and possible, but not even Jay Gatsby's parties go on forever.
What comes, here at the dawn of the Jazz Age, is unimagined attention and success and celebrity that will make Scott and Zelda legends in their own time. And that's a very good thing. It was a very fascinating book that I learned a lot from. I screamed when I opened the envelope and succeeded in getting my husband to run into the room to see if I had been hurt. I read this book for my A-Z book title challenge.
We have never been what we seemed. Sunday Times Style In her new novel Z, Fowler draws a compellingly complete portrait of that other Paris and New York and St. Of course it was hard to read of Zelda, her psyche crumbling and diagnosis of schizophrenia, her years in a mental facility. This novel is written from Zelda's point of view; she is telling us her life story. I'm sure that Therese Anne Fowler researched the Fitzgeralds' lives - there are many people who knew them 'back in the day,' and their daughter was alive until fairly recently. I tripped over many small moments like these. Zelda bobs her hair, adopts daring new fashions, and revels in this wild new world.
Scott Fitzgerald at a country club dance in 1918, she is seventeen years old and he is a young army lieutenant stationed in Alabama. About love, desire, betrayal, and one extraordinary woman struggling to shine in the worldeven as the one she loves best is drawing the shades. They exchange loving letters, and Zelda imagines herself poised on the brink of another, perhaps final chance at happiness. Read it, read it, read it. Fowler has given us a lovely, sad and compulsively readable book. They, who had been the very embodiment of the Jazz Age, never seemed to grow up and move past their halcyon youth.
What appeared to be happening less and less was Scott accomplishing any writing. You can imagine it as something Scott actually said. With crisp dialogue and vivid descriptions, Z delivers both a compelling love story and a poignant tale of a woman coming into her own as an artist. Set against the glamorous backdrop of the Roaring Twenties, Z is the story of the golden couple who had it all, but who weren't destined for a happy ending. Particularly jarring in Z is the constant use of modern phrases -- not Modern, but modern. Scott's friendship with Hemingway verges on a love affairat least it's close enough to one to make Zelda jealous.
Very minimal damage to the cover including scuff marks, but no holes or tears. The one good thing about Z is that it made me so mad to see Zelda represented this way that I ordered a copy of her collected writings so I can get a feel for who she is myself. Well, at least the book improves by the end. It also saddens me how many difficult women in those years found themselves in mental institutions, subjected to all manner of treatments. Z is a fun, light read for summer, but is also chock full of history and substance — a perfect fit for my and a fantastic. Although not entirely factual, it is based on letters and known events researched by Therese Anne Fowler.