Thursday, January 24, 2008

Book Club Hits the Jazz Age

Mix the martinis, find your cigarette holder and get ready to spend some quality time in the dissolute world of the jazz age.

The Book Club turns to a minor classic this winter, reading F Scott's Fitzgerald's The Beautiful and Damned: "One of F. Scott Fitzgerald's best-known works, The Beautiful And Damned is a glittering novel set against an era of intoxicating excitement and ruinous excess. Hilarious and heartbreaking, this is a scathing, ironic tale whose fictional couple parallells the real-life relationship of Fitzgerald and his wife, from its romantic beginning to its tragic end. It remains to this day a devastating portrait of insatiable greed, ruthless ambition, and wasted talent."

Fitzgerald's works are now available in the public domain, and can be accessed via Project Gutenberg or Google Books.

The Book Club meets Friday Feb 8th.