I am a school counselor that loves horror, fantasy, autobiographies, self-help, and Christian genres. I am a BIG bookworm! Reading is life!
I have always been enamored by the 1920s. Little did I know, F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald were responsible for shaping the "Jazz Age" into what it was!
Their lives were filled with partying, drinking, and erratic behavior. F. Scott was always trying to reach that ever elusive fame and Zelda was always chasing her purpose in life. They were really toxic for one another. Both had addictive personalities! Zelda was better off without him!
I can see how she was Daisy Buchanan and he would be Gatsby. He was always trying to prove himself to her as this magnificent writer. Both struggled with identity.
When you read this book, you will not like F. Scott nor Ernest Hemingway. It will be a little difficult to keep up with the friends in their ever-growing circle. They were well-known back in the 20s & 30s but people nowadays wouldn't know who they are so it was hard for me to picture them.
It was a good book!
I cannot believe how good this story was read, each accent performed was superb. The story on the other hand was surprisingly tragic, well written, and very insightful, but difficult emotionally at times. I certainly wouldn't take back reading it!
Wasn't very familiar with the history of the Fitzgeralds so the more I read the more I loved it! Very interesting and wild lives this 2 led. I enjoy historical fiction and this one was one the best ones I've read so far!
The narrator's voice was so rich and layered and brought to life this novel in ways I certainly wouldn't have been able to myself. This is a MUST in audio format.
I have too many! I'm heartbroken it is over and my time with Zelda is finished. I may re-listen to this book. It is so rich and beautifully done, it's like a decadent chocolate for your ears and imagination. I would say my most enjoyed moments were of their love affair in the beginning when everything is promising and fresh.
It was beyond amazing. She WAS Zelda. I enjoyed her narration so much I want to seek out her other work, but I'm afraid I might miss Zelda and get confused.
I wouldn't change it.
I hate to hype a book because I hate to give other readers expectations, but I can't gush about this book enough. It may be one of my all time favorites now. The writing was just breathtaking and gorgeous. You could lose focus of the narrative and over arcing storyline and just get lost in the imagery and sentence structures. I can see myself buying the print version and taking a highlighter to it. For a book about literary masters, it feels a masterpiece in and of itself. I deeply enjoyed my time with this book and every time the narrator announced a new chapter a little voice in my head would go "no!" it felt like a countdown against a ticking bomb, I didn't want it to end.
tells a perfect story of a not so perfect woman. and all the shit she endured because of a greedy husband. and tells a short story of a greedy husband that put the drink before his wife and daughter.
What an insightful story! Ms. Fowler really enlightened me with her well-researched interpretation of Zelda & F. Scott's journey.
The narration was absolutely exquisite. Ms. Lamia has such a range of character voices, and switched so fluidly between Southern, Yankee, & French accents! Bravo!
Great story depressing as all get out... but great! There are times of all emotions in this work... depiction is perfect!
Great Narration! I was not familiar with the story of the Fitzgeralds, unlike many who reviewed this book, but I learned a lot about them. I really appreciate that the author brought to life both the highs and lows of their life together.
Zelda Sayre was a seventeen-year-old Southern belle when she met Scott in 1918. After Scott sold This Side of Paradise the two married and began the decadent life for which they are now well-known. Known as the quintessential Jazz Age couple, these two did nothing halfway. They partied hard, fought hard, hit rock bottom more than once, and were forever on the move.
The Fitzgeralds are known for their excessive alcohol intake, Scott's writer's block, money problems, and bouts with mental illness. Therese Anne Fowler fleshes out these details and connects them with living, breathing individuals. I found Zelda to be a very sympathetic character in Fowler's hands. I think many women can relate to the conflict between Zelda's desire to make something of herself and the expectations placed upon her by family and society. Scott, for all his contributions to modernist literature, is not particularly modern in his ideas of family life. Fowler also does a nice job conveying the Fitzgerald's codependency. The Fitzgerald's really were a mess. I can definitely understand why Zelda ended up having a breakdown. I feel for everyone who suffered from a mental illness in the past. The reeducation portions of the book, in particular, just sicken me.
I love reading about the other famous folk that Fitzgerald's partied with: The Steins, the Murphys, Picasso and Olga, Ford Maddox Ford, and many more. Ernest Hemingway comes across as a colossal jerk in Z.
Zelda was a talented person in her own right. She published many short stories (though several also include Scott's name on the byline) and a novel, and she was an artist and a ballet dancer.
I loved the audiobook performance. I highly recommend it.