2. F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Jazz Age --------------------------------------- Previous - Next - Contents
Last night (October 25, 2008) I recorded Por qué, a Jazz waltz I wrote in 2002. That brings the total number of my online recordings to 10. I will probably do more of them once I am settled in at the Sunshine Coast next month.
I watched some TV, went to bed but could not get to sleep, so I kept reading F. Scott Fitzgerald's book 'Tender is the Night'. I really find it a fascinating read. His style of expression is so totally different and unique, it sets (in my mind) him and Ernest Hemingway apart as the two most innovative modern writers of the 20th Century.
His way of expressing, describing and associating events, people, places, situation, etc. fluctuates between impressionistic and downright surrealistic. You need to read rather slowly and think through what he writes in order to absorb the true picture.
Let me give you a couple of small cameo descriptions of his so that
you get some idea of his style.
Here is how Dick feels about Nicole :
Fitzgerald (reputedly) gave a name to the age he
lived in : the Jazz Age. How appropriate, because one could
describe his writing too as creative, unique improvisations over known
and existing chord progressions (the world we know and live in).
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