The narrator and the author... but that's it.
It made Zelda's Fitzgerald's life boring....
I knew it wouldn't end well but still I had hoped. Aside from that I loved the fact that it was essentially a well researched biography wrapped in a novel. Very clever and entertaining.
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Marry me, Zelda. We’ll make it all up as we go. What do you say?
What an enjoyable and delicious read! I felt I was right there next to the Fitzgeralds. I danced at their parties, sipped their champagne, inhaled their cigarette smoke, looked over their shoulders as they wrote stories and essays, and took sides when they argued.
The audio did the story and period credit. It opened and closed with a little jazz tune – so atmospheric! The novel did really well in describing the Golden 20s. It’s an interesting time to read about and the Fitzgeralds are brilliant characters – ambitious and wild young people throwing themselves at parties, alcohol and drugs.
It’s a grown-ups’ playground, isn’t it?
It was wonderful getting to know Zelda Fitzgerald, the woman behind the Great Scott Fitzgerald. I loved her as a rebellious teenager, devoted bride in love with her brilliant husband, lonely wife and passionate artist and dancer. I enjoyed Zelda’s take on early feminism -it seemed honest and touching in many ways. She could see sense in feminism, admired these strong and independent women, but had no idea how to become one herself:
I considered how I might become more like the women I respected and admired. Surrounded as I was by ambitious, accomplished women, I couldn’t ignore the little voice in my head that said maybe I was supposed to shed halfway, and do something significant. Contribute something. Accomplish something. Choose. Be.
It’s always a bit difficult to read a novel about the wife of one of your favourite authors, though. I can’t help despising them a bit. Even though it’s part fiction and I don’t really know how much can be trusted, I feel like yelling “You selfish bastard! I’ll never read any of your books again! There!” I felt the same way a few years back when I read The Paris Wife, a story about Hemingway’s wife, Hadley. I love Hemingway’s work, but now he makes me frown! Reading this one didn’t help, as Ernest and Scott’s friendship were a huge part of the story. And both behaved awfully! Bad boys!
I’ve come to wonder whether artists in particular seek out hard times the way flowers turn their faces toward the sun.
But I’m always a sucker for a new story, and reading this one left me with a ton of other books I just HAVE TO READ! Well at least two: Scott’s [book:The Beautiful and Damned|4708] and Zelda’s [book:Save Me the Waltz|150104].
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I guess I'm a baby...I just love to be read to.
I liked hearing this story in Zelda's voice so I enjoyed this book. I'm partial to historical novels so this was right up my alley. I have luke warm feelings for the book...I'm glad I listened but am not screaming around town about it.
Zelda and Scott lived.in a society newly created - the Jazz Age. It is hard for us now to understand how fast and furious the Victorian Age dissolved and its mores were shoved aside. They knew everyone in the literary world worth knowing and we get to have a glimpse of them. In addition, this is the story of a marriage, and some interesting facts about concepts of mental health at thar time. I would like to add that I thought the narrator was outstanding. Will look for her reading other books.
While I enjoyed the majority of this book, I doubt I would ever listen again.
The first half of this story was just great! Zelda is a wonderful character who unfortunately, married a complete jerk. "Scott" was such an insecure man. While he ladled her with jewels and furs, it was never out of kindness. Zelda was nothing more than a prop to help boost his self image.
Jenna Lamia was the reason I chose to finish this book. The book is written in the first person. Ms. Lamia's voice was 100% Zelda Fitzgerald. While listening to the voice of a southern debutante could possibly make a listener run away, Ms. Lamia's interpretation was very pleasant and actually inviting.
I would love to spend an afternoon with Zelda. But I cannot imagine dinner with these folks, as I am not one to drink my dinner.
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
Zelda falls flat, in my opinion. It reads as if the author took a biography of Zelda (and Scott) and just inserted some voices. It never comes alive. Of course, one wants to compare this to The Paris Wife, however it doesn’t hold up at all. The Paris Wife was alive and this is dead. That’s the only way I can put it.
I only enjoyed it because I am enthralled or interested in that literary period and with the whole Bohemian writer in Paris thing, which includes Scott and Zelda. Learning about the life of the Fitzgeralds was interesting, and the reading was easy and pretty quick, so I did enjoy it for that.
The narrator seemed to get Zelda Fitzgerald's 'voice' spot-on. I am very familiar with many writers and artists from this time period, and Zelda Fitzgerald is often dismissed as a sort of appendage to her husband, or as someone who held him back. While both of these things are at least partially true, this book helps to give a much more nuanced portrait, not only of Zelda herself, but also of her husband and the world they lived in. It made Zelda not just sympathetic and likable, but also really gave me some insight into the qualities that made her so irresistible to her husband and the generation she came to help represent.
Zelda! Scott doesn't come off at his best here, I've always thought Hemmingway sounded like a jerk, and although all of these Jazz Age people are very well-drawn, it is a book about Zelda, after all, and her perspective is really interesting. There was a lot more to her than I had realized.
If you enjoy reading authors of the 1920s or that period in history, you may already be familiar with many of the characters here and I think you will find a fascinating interpretation here of their personalities. If you have only heard a little about Zelda Fitzgerald, as the famous flapper married to the brilliant and troubled Scott, you will find a much deeper portrait of her as a person. Either way, it is a charming and engrossing listen.
Say something about yourself!
I am bored with many books and this story held my interest all the way through. It is well written and well performed. I can say I was sad when I was done. I will read more by this author. Jenna Lamia did a superb job.
No. I would love to read the novel, but Lamia's horrible fake southern accent ruined this audiobook for me. Born and raised in the south, I've heard every kind of drawl imaginable, but hers is decidedly bad. From the repeated mispronunciation of Sidney Lanier's name to the often Irish-sounding effect of trying to hard to fake the dialect, all of Zelda's narrative was like nails on a chalkboard to a Southerner.
Zelda not being able to recall whether she'd actually gone swimming in the fountain!
They should have hired a true southerner to perform this role if they wanted to achieve a deep southern drawl. Lamia's is obviously and painfully false and overwrought.
The real story of the first American flapper.