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After the raging success of This Side or Paradise, this was his second book. The marriage of aspiring aesthete Anthony and Gloria Patch falls apart under the burden of ambition, avarice, and alcohol. It was in many ways inspired by his estranged marriage to Zelda.
What makes this book stand out?
Telling the honest story of the elite society of America and how much of a façade Fitzgerald felt it was.
Read it for
The classic brings to life the perfect picture of Nouveau Riche and the true-blue American culture of the Roaring Twenties.
Don't read it for
It can be depressing in places and make you question your own life choices.