Get beyond the Great Gatsby: The Diamond as Big as The Ritz

51uA5UkfUvL._SX338_BO1,204,203,200_F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Diamond as Big as the Ritz

**** 4/5 stars- loved it

A young prep schooler is invited out West by a classmate, to a house of unparalleled riches where all is not as it seems.

Recommended readers:

  • Fitzgerald Fans
  • anyone who wants a quick read in the Classics

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall


I flatter myself that I know a bit more than the average bear about Fitz, his complicated wife, and their complicated relationship with Hemingway, but what the… what? I didn’t even know this existed. A kid from the South heads West to visit a classmates’ over-the-top home, where the riches approach science fiction. But all is not as it seems in the idyllic world, as old Fitzgerald apparently had himself a tiny little penchant for horror in there with his obsession with money. A quick read, and a great way to spend an incredulous afternoon.   Part  fantasy, part allegory, and part horror (Why hasn’t this been made into a horror film??) I’m pretty sure I missed a bit of the pretty Fitzgerald writing just trying to wrap my head around what I was reading at all. What a kick!  In short: Great Gatsby nothin’. Have yourself a Diamond as Big as The Ritz party. And invite me.

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