Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Recent Reads

I am an avid reader. I have been for all of my life. In the beginning of this year I read Hemingway's Girl by Erika Robuck ( a review in previous post here) and The Paris Wfie and I highly  recommend them both.. I loved them both as they dealt with the life of Hemingway in fiction form..In reading these books I found that the Fitzgerald's were the friends and contemporaries of the Hemingway's and this fascinated me so when finding these books I decided to read them.
I read Z first by Therese Anne Fowler and found it interesting as it is told more in Zelda's voice with more of the detailed history of their lives and tortured relationships. She explores the sometime bizarre and strange friendship between F.Scott and
Hemingway.She also shows Hemingway's dislike for Zelda.She  tells more of Zelda's early years in Montgomery.I didn't know till reading these books the Zelda was a southern girl.In both books you see the stigma of mental illness that was present during that time and that still exhibits somewhat today.
In the Second book  Call Me Zelda which I liked better Robuck tells the story from a fictional account by Zelda's nurse Anna. I loved this book because it showed so much more of what Zelda dealt with and how it is believed F. Scott plagiarized her work and life to use in his writing and how it made Zelda feel emotionally raped. It deals with the demons and mental illness that F. Scott also faced which were alcoholism and questions about his sexuality. It also tells of life during this time in history  in America.

I found it sad that Zelda died in a fire when she was just beginning to  find peace after her husbands dealt.
I highly recommend them both.

Nothing except luck protects you from catastrophe. Not love. Not money. Not faith. Not a pure heart or good deeds--and not bad ones either, for that matter. We can, any of us, be laid low, cut down, diminished, destroyed.”
Therese Anne Fowler, Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald


Leslie said...

Oh interesting. I read The Paris Wife earlier this year...for book club I think (I can't remember yesterday) and I liked it but found their lives very sad and empty. I would like to read a book about Zelda and will put these on my list. I just started an autobio by Darlene Diebler for book club next week. So far it is very well written....especially so for a missionary story.

So glad I got to your blog. I was leaving off an r. I love the title and am going to have a look around. I can tell I will like it as you READ! :)

Cait O'Connor said...

Ooooh thanks for this, I am collecting titles for future reads.

Farm Girl said...

Good Morning Yolanda,
So glad that you found me. I am so glad you are posting after you took a break. I have missed you and your book reviews.
It is always nice to step back and reorder our private world.
Thank you for stopping by, I was so glad you see your comment. Merry Christmas to you too,