ON BOOZE BY F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
This very short and charming book would make the ideal gift for the intellectual party animal among your friends.
This is an elegantly presented collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s best writing about booze. It sums up the author and the Jazz Age in which he lived – and drank!
“First you take a drink, ” he once noted “then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.” This kind of line is typical of what can be found here.
Fitzgerald wrote alcohol into almost everything he produced. This collection draws mainly from The Crack Up as well as from other letters and works.
Typically, it is all very beautifully written by Fitzgerald and I found these short works to be a fascinating glimpse into the author’s relationship with the demon drink.
He writes in The Crack Up; “I saw that for a long time I had not liked people and things, but only followed the rickety old pretense of liking.”
Best read with an excellent Martini in hand. Delightful stuff.
SOUTHSEA BOOKWORM RATING: 7/10
Notes on the author – F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Born in 1896 in Minnesota, went to Princeton University which he
left in 1917 to join the army
- Among his works were five novels, This Side of Paradise, The Great
Gatsby, The Beautiful and Damned, Tender is the Night and The Love of the Last
Tycoon (his last and unfinished work): six volumes of short stories and The
Crack-Up, a selection of autobiographical pieces.
- Fitzgerald died suddenly in 1940. He was said to have epitomised the Jazz Age.
Best book I’ve ever read about booze: Head Full of Blue by Nick Johnstone