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Best Jazz Age Stories.

F. Scott Fitzgerald. "Babylon Revisited," "The Lost Decade," "The Bridal Party," "Three Hours between Planes." 2002. Read by Alexander Scourby 2 tapes. 2 hrs. Audio Partners 1-57270-259-1. $17.95. Cardboard, plastic; content, author, reader notes. SA

These four stories capture a world that revolved around money, fashion, alcohol--shallow, poignant lives of wealth and irresponsibility, in "Three Hours Between Planes," a man thinks he has recaptured a lost love only to find that the woman has mistaken him for another. In "The Bridal Party," a man thinks he can steal his love away from a new fiance when his fortunes change, only to find that his lack of money was not the cause of his lost love. In "The Lost Decade," a man loses ten years of his life to drunkenness. When he becomes sober, he realizes that the world doesn't recognize him and he doesn't recognize it. In the most famous of the stories, "Babylon Revisited," a man tries to get custody of his daughter only to have his past catch up with him, despite his best efforts to change. Scourby's voice has the right combination of sophistication and hope to carry off the sweet bitterness of all these stories. He carries the reader back to the 1920s and '30s when golden boys had to become responsible men and one could own the world one moment and lose it the next. Nola Theiss, Sanibel, FL
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Author:Theiss, Nola
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Date:Sep 1, 2002
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