Monday, December 15, 2014

The Lost Generation

I've been reading some really good books lately and kind of getting lost in the 1920's and 30's.  The first one I read -


"West of Sunset"  A novel about F. Scott Fitzgerald's last years in Hollywood.  Although it is a novel, it seems to be pretty true to the story of what actually happened at that time.  Fitzgerald had written "The Great Gatsby" and achieved success as a writer but his lavish lifestyle and then later, Zelda's hospital bills,  meant he was always desperate for the next story to be published.  He went to Hollywood to try his hand at screenplays as did many famous writers of his day with varying degrees of success.  Zelda had been hospitalized for years at this point but they still corresponded regularly until his death.  This got me thinking about Zelda and wondering why she cracked up...


So, I read this biography of Zelda Fitzgerald.  It's pretty much heartbreaking because I don't think she really ever did crack up.  It seems more like she was a victim of her overbearing and insecure husband and the times she lived in.  Zelda was as talented, if not more so, than Scott but he basically took credit for everything she ever wrote or even said...

Then had her locked up when she couldn't take it anymore.  Hmmm.


It reminded me of the Edies in Grey Gardens.  They might have ended up crazy but I think they started out as intelligent and talented women who were absolutely NOT allowed to have their own minds in the times and the rich society they lived in.


"Snobs"  Another good book about another trapped woman...

xoxoMary



3 comments:

Carol said...

I'll be adding to my 'to read' list. Thanks Sisters

Have you seen the film "Camille Claudel" (the 1988 film starring the wonderful Isabelle Adjani?) Talk about a trapped and misunderstood woman. Wowza. I actually own the VCR tape that film.

And then recently, another heartbreaking nearly un-watchable (because of the pain) film about Claudel's time in the asylum with Juliette Binoche called "Camille Claudel 1915" I think I saw it on Netflix.

I was able to see a Claudel exhibition at the Detroit Museum of Art a few years ago - spectacular!

Babylon Sisters said...

No, I didn't even know about her. I'll be looking and researching - thanks so much for the info!

Carol said...

If you are able to find the 1988 film, I recommend watching that one first. And you're welcome - she is one of my art heroes.