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(Love of) The Last Tycoon, by F. Scott Fitzgerald (this ed. 1995, orig. 1940)

Reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s penultimate novel, “Tender is the Night,” saddened me, because it showed a once-great man struggling—and failing—to write a novel worthy of his prodigious talent and storied past. Reading “The Last Tycoon” saddens me, because he found … Continue reading

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Tender Is the Night, by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1933)

Reading “Tender Is the Night” is like watching clips of Babe Ruth’s last season: his body decrepit, his spirit broken, Babe was just trying to force greatness where there wasn’t any left in the tank. He kept falling down. He … Continue reading

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The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway (1926)

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway My rating: 5 of 5 stars The most difficult thing about reading “The Sun Also Rises” is deciding how you’re going to read it. On one hand, it’s the story of a mismatched … Continue reading

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The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald My rating: 5 of 5 stars “The Great Gatsby” stands as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, written as his gifts reached their acme, and before his life began its inexorable spiral into alcoholism. Many … Continue reading

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The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911)

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book was a sheer joy to read. It’s essentially a children’s story, with horrible little kids who come alive and become good through The Magic of … Continue reading

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A Young Girl’s Diary, by Anonymous, Sigmund Freud, et. al. (1915)

A Young Girl’s Diary by Anonymous My rating: 3 of 5 stars The title says it all. This is the diary of a young girl. It covers her life from age 11 to 14-1/2. Grete (Rita, to her friends) is … Continue reading

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An Ideal Husband, by Oscar Wilde (1895)

An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde My rating: 5 of 5 stars I liked “An Ideal Husband” the best of Oscar Wilde’s Society Comedies. He managed to continue his skewering of London society, and of the rich and aristocratic. What … Continue reading

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