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on May 12, 2000
"Six Tales of the Jazz Age and other stories" showcases a wide range of F. Scott Fitzgerald's short prose. From romance, to the metaphysical, to science fiction, Fitzgerald (author of 'The Great Gatsby' and 'The Last Tycoon') provides six entertaining tales, and three disappointments.
"The Jelly Bean" is a story of romance in a small town, centering on the disappointments of life, and touching on the dangers of alcohol. It sets a great depressing mood, and develops the main character well. It highlights Fitzgerald's ability at making us emphasize with the story.
"The Camel's Back" - Probably the most disappointing of the selections, "The Camel's Back" is a dark comedy, which unfortunately borderlines on sexist themes.
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" is a simple science fiction story, about aging, the perceptions of others have of us, and how time changes our lives.
"Tarquin of Cheapside" is a somewhat baffling story about where placement of friendship should lay.
"O Russet Witch!" - Probably the best story in the bunch, "O Russet Witch!" is a metaphysical journey into what one desires out of life. Saturated in symbolism, this story alone makes the book worth reading.
"The Lees of Happiness" is another romance about a couple's devotion in marriage, and beyond.
"The Adjuster" - This story is almost unreadable, the length being too long for the point. It is a tale about heroes in everyday life.
"Hot and Cold Blood" - A fable-like tale story about trust and good deeds.
"Gretchen's Forty Winks" - This story also borders on sexist. It has little point to it, other emphasizing the "importance" of hard work, and female fidelity. A very disappointing ending to an otherwise strong collection.
While this collection cannot surpass Fitzgerald's masterpiece "The Great Gatsby", it is an enjoyable read, and recomended to fans of Fitzgerald and American literature alike.
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