August 23, 2017

Babylon Revisited by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I got this Penguin Mini Modern Classic free in the Telegraph a few weeks ago.

babylon revisited by f scott fitzgeraldI love the work of F. Scott Fitzgerald so I was really pleased to get this copy of Babylon Revisited. It contains 3 of Fitzgerald’s short stories:

  • Babylon Revisited
  • The Cut-Glass Bowl
  • The Lost Decade

Each was originally published in different collections, but they’ve been printed in this format before. And it’s easy to read any of them in one sitting.


Babylon Revisited is the first story in the book. It tells the story of Charlie Wales who’s revisiting Paris to try and get his daughter back – she’s currently living under the guardianship of her mother’s sister.

It seems that everything went a bit crazy for Charlie when he lived in Paris, and during the depression. He’s now living in Prague and has sorted himself out, but unfortunately Paris isn’t a place he should be spending much time.

It’s really well written and VERY intriguing.

The second tale is The Cut-Glass Bowl which opens by telling the reader all about the “cut-glass age” (in comparison with the bronze age, or iron age) fantastic irony.

The story hinges on the lives and loves of Howard and Evylyn Piper. Fairly normal disfunctional lives, then it takes a dark twist (as many of his short stories do).

Finally, The Lost Decade, only a few pages long. About a man meeting a man for lunch who’s lost the last decade. But not lost it. – Pretty good.

Free Books in the @Telegraph this weekend

To publicise the Penguin Mini Modern Classics series there are going to be 2 free books in this weekend’s Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph.

babylon revisited by f scott fitzgeraldToday (Saturday 5th February 2011) there is a copy of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Babylon Revisited. Contains 3 of Fitzgerald’s short stories:

  • Babylon Revisited
  • The Cut-Glass Bowl
  • The Lost Decade

And tomorrow (Sunday 6th February 2011) will be Henry James’ The Beast in the Jungle.

Top 10 Books I most want for Christmas 2010

As Christmas bears down on us, and now Super Thursday is out of the way I thought I’d put together a little list of the 10 books I’d most like to find under the tree this Xmas.

This list is comprised of the books I haven’t yet read by my favourite authors, and also a few curve balls!

Generation A by Douglas Coupland
JPod by Douglas Coupland
I’ve read most of his works, and as yet I’ve not come across one I didn’t enjoy on multiple levels – easy to read, and un-put-downable, yet also pretty deep and intelligent.

The Pregnant Widow by Martin Amis
I love Martin Amis’ books. In fact London Fields is my no 1 favourite book (must give it a re-read in 2011), so his latest offering is definitely on the current wish list.

Tell-All by Chuck Palahniuk
Pygmy by Chuck Palahniuk
He writes such wonderful stories, and always an awesome take on modern society. These are his latest two, and I feel rather embarrassed I haven’t read either of them yet.

Glamorama by Bret Easton Ellis
I’ve read pathetically little of B.E.E. Just American Psycho (which is even better than the film), and Less Than Zero. Glamorama seems like the obvious next step.

Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban
I forget who recommended this one to me – but I keep forgetting to buy it!

Morvern Callar by Alan Warner
Another author I’ve read scarily little of. This one has been on the list for YEARS! Definitely time to get it done.

The Beautiful and Damned by F Scott Fitzgerald
I’ve read most of his books – yet this one evades me!

Psychogeography by Will Self
I’ve read several of his novels but not enough of his other writing.

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
SO much written about this one I feel I should find out what all the fuss is about.

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

Not the longest of books – but a beautiful (if ultimately sad) depiction of American society during the Jazz age.

It’s the ultimate story of the man who can afford everything but can’t have the one thing he wants.

Like all of Scott Fitzgerald’s books The Great Gatsby paints the picture of the time and places beautifully.

The perfect book for a short train journey.