Monday, 24 June 2013

Books #1 ...

I can safely say now that 2013 has been a Gatsby year. Baz Luhrmann's movie came out ( and make a big fuss in Cannes) and it lead a revival of the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties in all fields. Fashion was influenced (See Louis Vuitton), all his novels were reprinted in fancy and glossy paper and the author's life (anything but boring) was on the spotlight again. We know pretty much all the scandals and events that followed Fitzgerald throughout his life but we don't know much about her wife, Zelda. They were the "Golden Couple" in the 20s, breaking the rules and setting new standards of what partying was supposed to be like. There are plently of photographs of the married couple, interviews, etc. but not much on Zelda on her own, without F.Scott. This is what Z is about. Her life and how it was influenced (good or bad) by her famous and successful husband. I also found it a pretty feminist book too. Zelda didn't consider herself as one but the way she had to live, in a world women's jobs were to stand by their husbands, support them in every decision and not even think about making a career for themselves. Zelda faced all this womenly troubles and although she lost most of her fights, she tried to find her own way, figure out who she was: Zelda, not Mrs. Fitzgerald.
Here is a small synopsis from The Stylist

"Sometimes", said Scott. "I don't know wether Zelda and I are real or wether we are characters from one of my own novels". Before F. Scott Fitzgerald was a literary darling, before he'd even begun to imagine The Great Gatsby or Benjamin Button, he was a young WWI army lieutenant who fell hard for a spirited Southern belle named Zelda Sayre. The life he and Zelda would lead together in New York, Long Island, Paris, Hollywood and the French Riviera made them legends, even in their own time. Set amidst the glamour of the Jazz age and The Lost Generation's vivid world abroad, Z vividly brings Zelda and Scott's romantic, tumultuous, extraordinary journey to life. Zelda was the embodiment of the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties. She was vibrant, headstrong, complicated and misunderstood. Z is the irresistibly rich, romantic story of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, set in seductive settings. Filled with larger-than-life characters such as Ernest Hemingway, Sarah and Gerald Murphy and Gertrude Stein, we watch the evolution of this iconic woman as she lived large and ached to find her own identity in the shadow of her celebrated husband. 



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