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Bernice Bobs Her Hair | [F. Scott Fitzgerald]

Bernice Bobs Her Hair

Bernice has rare beauty and wealth, but is undeniably socially awkward. Her cousin Marjorie does her best to make Bernice into a social vampire. Being a socialite in America in the 1920s, it seems to her that some of the more archaic feminine ideals need to go. Bernice's long, luxurious hair may need to go, too.
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Bernice has rare beauty and wealth, but is undeniably socially awkward. Her cousin Marjorie does her best to make Bernice into a social vampire. Being a socialite in America in the 1920s, it seems to her that some of the more archaic feminine ideals need to go. Bernice's long, luxurious hair may need to go, too.

Public Domain (P)2007 B.J. Harrison

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    "Definitely worth an hour of your time."

    This is good listen while you do something like iron your shirts or fold your laundry. Worth a few cents for sure, but don’t spend a credit on this. Well read and worth the hour. Don’t miss the ending.

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    Kristín Selfoss, Iceland 12-26-12
    Kristín Selfoss, Iceland 12-26-12
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    "Humorous and amusing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bernice Bobs Her Hair to be better than the print version?

    This is a very humorous story of social life of young upper-class people in the '30s and hearing it read so effortlessly gives it some extra weight.


    What other book might you compare Bernice Bobs Her Hair to and why?

    You could compare this book with Bridget Jones's Diary. Bernice is being taught how to go about catching a guy which is more or less the theme of Jones's Diary written more than 80 years later.


    What does B. J. Harrison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The Southern accent of the characters makes it more authentic - the characters come alive.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end is obviously terrific, I am still laughing.


    Any additional comments?

    Scott Fitzgerald is a curious author. I also listened to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and it is also very amusing and different.

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    E. Pearson Idaho 07-16-12
    E. Pearson Idaho 07-16-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Who's Afraid of F Scott Fitzgerald ?"
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    If you've hesitated to read F Scott Fitzgerald because his novels are so... respected and loved by literary intellectuals, give his short stories a shot. They are friendly, extremely interesting, filled with memorable and easily recognized characters. Bernice Bobs Her Hair is only one of many, so keep in mind that you're getting a one-hour recording, but still well worth your purchase. And funny. Bernice is a typical young woman learning to maneuver through her societies. Whether you picture her in Fitzgerald's early 20th C setting or transport her into current social events, her predicament and solution ring true and delightfully recognizable. I love Fitzgerald for a light short read on a quiet afternoon. (and yeah, the novels are surprisingly approachable--though not as lighthearted--too.)

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    Saralena Naugatuck, CT, United States 04-10-12
    Saralena Naugatuck, CT, United States 04-10-12 Member Since 2012

    I love books and I don't like to listen to the radio on the way to work. Now I can listen to books instead! I am in heaven.

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    "Excellent story!"
    Would you listen to Bernice Bobs Her Hair again? Why?

    Yes. I like the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bernice Bobs Her Hair?

    When Bernice gets her own back.


    Have you listened to any of B. J. Harrison’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you could take any character from Bernice Bobs Her Hair out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Bernice, because she is the least evil.


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    Bjorn Cambridge, MA, United States 02-21-12
    Bjorn Cambridge, MA, United States 02-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Love F. Scott"

    He has such a clear writing style that makes it an easy listen. If you liked the Great Gatsby, you'll love this short story. I can honestly say I did not foresee the twist at the end.

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    He has such a clear writing style that makes it an easy listen. If you liked the Great Gatsby, you'll love this short story. I can honestly say I did not foresee the twist at the end.

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    "Original "Mean Girls"!"

    Interesting short story, a 1920s. "Mean Girls". A great introduction for teenagers to classic literature. Would have had more impact for them if read by a younger female. Well worth listening to, and it makes a real change from longer novels.

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