The Beautiful and the Damned highlights the aesthetic of the 20’s and portrays F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic extravagant style. This novel follows Harvard graduate Anthony Patch and his beautiful wife Gloria through a leisurely wealthy marriage that only struggles through the influences of alcohol and over-indulgences.
For some reason I loved the title of this book, and I mean, who doesn’t love The Great Gatsby, movie and book? So I decided to try out another of Fitzgerald’s novels, and… it was boring.
Just plain boring. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t good either.
The book went through Anthony’s life single and married and nothing really happened. They drank and spoke about life and partied, just like the normal atmosphere off the 20’s.
The characters weren’t particularly intriguing. They had some dimension, but they were almost too selfish. There was little thought of humanity and even less interest in anything that didn’t directly benefit them. Their friends are based on status and their conversations are full of pretentiousness.
It’s a dense read without anything to really take away from the plot. I did like Gloria, though. She’s very similar to Daisy (true to the Fitzgerald style) and she seemed much more self-aware than the rest of the characters. She knew she was self absorbed and knew that she was beautiful and played into it. She seemed ditsy, but in reality worked her life exactly the way she wanted it.
I don’t know, there’s not much to say about it. I wouldn’t really recommend it because it wasn’t anything special. I waded through the book for about a week and a half and didn’t feel like I gained anything from it.