Wow. This is my 200th post on this blog! I feel like I should throw a party or something. That's pretty groovy.
Anyway, Flappers and Philosophers was Fitzgerald's first short story collection, and from what the foreword of the copy I read said, many of the stories had been published in magazines previously. Some are better than others, and a couple are superb, but they all have that Fitzgerald flair for jewel-like prose. Here's a little of what I thought of each story:
"The Offshore Pirate" was amusing at first, a little tense in the middle, and had an ending that I liked first-rate.
"The Ice Palace" was sad, but kind of predictable.
"Head and Shoulders" felt like an O. Henry story, with one of those 'do you get it now?' endings.
"The Cut-Glass Bowl" was depressing and I didn't like it.
"Bernice Bobs Her Hair" kept me equally amused and exasperated, and by the end I liked it a great deal.
"Benediction" confused me a bit -- what was the ending supposed to mean? If you know, please tell me.
"Dalrymple Goes Wrong" annoyed me at the end, when justice was not served.
"The Four Fists" was nifty and amusing, and had a pretty original idea behind it.
Overall, I really liked this collection, and wouldn't mind owning a copy. I'm liking Fitzgerald more and more all the time -- I think I liked this better as a whole than both The Great Gatsby and This Side of Paradise. In fact, I can't wait to read more of his short stories -- probably Tales of the Jazz Age. It'll be interesting to watch his writing progress, as that was his next collection.
Particularly Good Bits:
When Ardita defied convention -- and of late it had been her chief amusement -- it was from an intense desire to be herself, and she felt that this man, on the contrary, was preoccupied with his own defiance. (from "The Offshore Pirate")
Yet, like all men who are preoccupied with their own broadness, he was exceptionally narrow. (from "The Cut-Glass Bowl")
At eighteen our convictions are hills from which we look; at forty-five they are caves in which we hide. (from "Bernice Bobs Her Hair")
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG for occasional mild innuendo and alcohol consumption.
This is my fourth book read and reviewed for The Classics Club and my third for the I Love Library Books Challenge.