A dazzling novel that captures all of the romance, glamour, and tragedy of the first flapper, Zelda Fitzgerald. When beautiful, reckless Southern belle Zelda Sayre. Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald Paperback – Deckle Edge, March 4, This item:Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler Paperback $ THERESE ANNE FOWLER is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. And so we now have this year's entry, “Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald,” by Therese Anne Fowler, which attempts to give new voice to a woman.
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It's all around-about Scott. That Zelda was the true artist, the creator, the supporter, the inspiration, while Scott was chiefly a user and a loser is fiction indeed, and so sadly reductive no one should touch it with a bargepole.
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The opposing construction that he was the genius, and she a talentless madwoman, should similarly be avoided.
Alas, Z can only create a heroine by making the hero a failure, and finds little middle ground.
Zelda's sympathy for Scott in Z, her recognition that as her mental difficulties increased he "was in the river too," serve less to help him out as a character than to make her look forgiving and admirable. Z insists on a one-on-one correspondence between Zelda and Scott's heroines.
Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
It makes, yet again, the point of his use of her in his work, to which both Fitzgeralds admitted and which they both often enjoyed, but Scott turned his searing critical and artistic eyes upon himself much more than he did upon anyone else, including Zelda. Fitzgerald treated the characters in his fiction -- even Dick, even Gatsby -- better than he's treated in this novel.
Just z a novel of zelda fitzgerald example will suffice, in terms of fiction presented as fact, though there are far too many.
Inthe Fitzgeralds went to Hollywood, where Scott worked on a screenplay that wasn't produced. Fowler has him leave Hollywood in a drunken rage, reported in Zelda's voice: At the very top of the pile, tacked onto the leg of an upturned chair, was z a novel of zelda fitzgerald Ambassador's bill for all the charges we'd accrued during our stay.
On it are charges for meals in the restaurant, shoe service, smokes, and a few telephone calls. The lion's share of charges are tips to the hotel staff.
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The bill is stamped "paid. Some of the fictional moments imagined here capture the playful, deeply loving, sexy relationship between the young Fitzgeralds; their own contrived public performances which were not always born of jealousy, as Fowler has them ; and the relationship with Ernest Hemingway.
For Fowler to have Scott drunkenly insist in bed to Zelda that "Ern" stop touching him, and for Zelda to decide that "Probably Scott loved Hemingway truly but Platonically.
Probably, he couldn't see that Hemingway's feelings weren't so clean" is all mock-epic.
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It's been said before that Hemingway was so vicious to Fitzgerald not just because of envy but because of a crush on him. For Fitzgerald's part, he admired Hemingway's writing from the start, though he often didn't like the man -- or have reason to.
He was unfailingly kind to Hemingway and supported his work vociferously when Hemingway was starting out, and suffered much for that kindness during z a novel of zelda fitzgerald lifetime, and posthumously. She exaggerates her talent, as an artist, a mother and a woman which, ironically involves trivialising her brilliance.
She gives us conversations that never happened — thus revealing herself as a completely unreliable source.
The belittling process begins here. You can imagine it as something Scott actually said.