It is often said that great writers best reveal themselves in short fiction. Novels can better conceal lack of structure and style coherence but a short story forces you to fit in the life of an entire novel within the confines of just a few pages. Fitzgerald is, in this regard, a real master of short writing. The ebook we now give you is a great example of his mastery.
It was first published in a volume of short stories called “Tales of the Jazz Age” (1922). “The Diamond as Big as the Ritz” is a “sinister fairy tale” that tells the story of a very rich family in possession of a great source of money: a mountain made entirely of diamond. It’s a low-hanging dream for most of us, eager to ignore the twists of fate associated with such a source of unlimited wealth. What happens when you add a love story on this background of wealth and danger?
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Fitzgerald the Fantasist
Not every story Fitzgerald wrote was golden, here’s your proof. The story entails a mountain of diamond, hidden in Montana, slavery that never ended, and a young man on a journey to find love. The moral of the story, you can’t take it with you, is yoked to first love and a broken friendship, not exactly Gatsby material; some good paragraphs here and there though.
Alternating between hopeless romantic peevish child and mister so wise, the narrator is really obnoxious. It is interesting as a youthful piece by Fitzgerald and won't take up much of your time. Move on f. Scott.