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Apr 26

Friday Fiction

Yes, this has a title. Yes, I may do this semi-regularly, but don’t expect a Friday Fiction every week. I just can’t read that much that fast. Really. End of disclaimer.

Now that that’s out of the way, I have a deep Friday Fiction Word of Wisdom for you: Life is too short to read fiction you’re not wild about. Why do I mention this today? Well, it’s because I’m about to tell you about a book that I don’t plan to finish. Yep, I said it.

This is a novel based on the life of Zelda Fitzgerald. Now, as a result of reading more than half of this novel, I am planning to read some of her writings, but I don’t plan to finish the book. I think the book is fairly well written and sort of engaging, but I don’t really like either of the main characters enough to stick with it. Which I should have assumed going into reading this book since I knew the lifestyle they had and how the marriage ended up. Maybe I should never have given this book a try, but I did and I don’t regret it. I just don’t plan to finish it.

Does this mean you won’t like it? Nope. I think the author does a good job of capturing the joie de vivre of Zelda in the beginning of the book and at that point she does have a certain charm. I just honestly don’t enjoy reading books about people who are train wrecks who like being train wrecks and make no real effort to change. I don’t like watching movies about such people either. I keep saying things to the characters like, “Don’t do that. Try to be a better person.” In this book it was more often, “Quit drinking so much” and “Don’t spend money you don’t have, for Pete’s sake!”

If you don’t feel like you need to fix the characters, you may enjoy this book. If you want to know more about Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, you may enjoy this book. I just don’t see myself giving up quilting time to finish it.

2 comments

  1. Diane Rincon

    Yup, I understand why you’d feel like saying those things. Decadence for decadence’s sake is something I’ve never understood. I haven’t read this book, but have read some about their lives, and some of his books, back in my college years.

  2. Jaye

    I have found that listening to some books I couldn’t get through reading with my eyes has been great. I know now why people love the Age of Innocence!

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