Since last week’s post, I’ve been slowly reading Zelda, Nancy Milford’s biography of Zelda Fitzgerald. The text in my copy of the book is REALLY tiny, and I can’t read it for very long periods of time, so I’m taking my time and reading a few other books, as well. I can’t seem to settle on anything this week! I’m still very behind on my reviews, but this week I wrote about Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby by Sarah Churchwell. It’s a fascinating biography of The Great Gatsby and a brilliant portrait of 1920s New York.
Now let’s here about your reading! Last week, 13 of you linked up posts!
1. I wrote about A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. Although it was interesting to read about Hemingway’s time in Paris and his relationships with famous authors, I had some trouble with this book.
2. The Genteel Arsenal wrote about Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh. Arabella thought this funny, fast-paced satire of the time was, in many ways, the perfect jazz age novel.
3. EM Castellan reviewed Born of Illusion by Teri Brown, a book about a girl in jazz age New York who sees visions and is involved with the underground world of magicians and mediums. Although the blurb grabbed her, EM was disappointed by the author’s tendency to tell, not show.
4. Goodnight Noises Everywhere shared her thoughts on A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. Rebecca thought the writing was gorgeous, and she loved reading about Hemingway’s dedication to his craft.
5. My Book Strings wrote about Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler. Although TJ thought this novel was well written, the character of Zelda didn’t come alive for her. She makes some interesting comparisons between this book and The Paris Wife!
6. Ciska’s Book Chest wrote also reviewed Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald. She thought this book felt realistic and had a strong atmosphere; Ciska felt like she was sitting in a corner watching it all happen!
7. Lit Nerd also shared her thoughts on Z. Ellie loved Fowler’s sensitive, revealing, emotive portrayal of Scott and Zelda’s relationship, and she appreciated the feminist perspective of the ’20s.
8. Love At First Book reviewed The Paris Wife by Paula McLaine. Rebecca gave it a rare five-star rating, and it made her want to read more about both Hemingway and Fitzgerald.
9. Tempest Books shared her thoughts on The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty. Although she wasn’t happy with the ending, Miranda really enjoyed getting to know the characters — particularly Cora, the middle-aged girl charged with chaperoning Louise, a 15-year-old silent film star.
10. Words for Worms also reviewed The Chaperone. Katie really enjoyed reading about social issues such as prohibition, women’s suffrage, birth control, homosexuality, and social hierarchy through a 1920s lens.
11. Just Me aghan also wrote about The Chaperone. Meaghan really enjoyed the way the author intertwined factual historical information with a fictional storyline.
12. My Life in Books wrote about The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Jennine put her teaching background to good use and shared an excellent analysis of what this book says about chasing dreams.
13. Book of Words shared her thoughts on The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Jieyi calls this book “a pulchritudinous masterpiece that will move you while leaving you angry and disappointed at the same time.”
Thank you to everyone who shared posts last week!
If you wrote a post for Jazz Age January this week, please link to it using the Mister Linky below. Please note that this link-up is only for posts that have gone live on or before Jan. 25. If you post something for JAJ after Jan. 25, please wait until next week’s link-up to share it. Next week, in addition to posting another link-up, I will do another round-up of the posts shared this week. As a reminder, the next link-up will be held next Saturday, Feb. 1.
What roaring ’20s reading did you do this week?