The Diamond As Big As the Ritz
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?
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.