The Cruise of the Rolling Junk

The Cruise of the Rolling Junk

Scott Fitzgerald described a journey he took with his wife Zelda from Connecticut to Alabama in a clapped out automobile which he called the "Rolling Junk." It is a piece of writing whose style, in free-ranging alternation of fact and fiction, has been compared to Jerome K.

This book collects together the articles as one text, illustrated with the original illustrations of Fitzgerald, Zelda, and the "Junk."

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Scott Fitzgerald and his somewhat nutty but beautiful wife Zelda. The book comes with photographs of Scott, Zelda, and the Rolling Junk as the adventure happens. So it is very much a period piece of its time - but what's contemporary is the mental attitude of Fitzgerald as he and Zelda wonder back into the Southern past, that for sure will bring failure. Like the image of most male americans, Fitzgerald is not one with his car. Here The Rolling Junk practically rebels against Scott's wishes for a solid car outing. The trip ends as a failure of sorts, and Fitzgerald for sure sees this as an aesthetic that things rot from the inside to the exterior.

Falls ihr von Fitzgerald vielleicht schon mehr als ein Buch last und den starken autobiografischen Einfluss mochtet, dann werdet ihr mit "Die Straße der Pfirsiche" auf jeden Fall große Freude haben. Ebenso ist dieser Text ein kleines Novum, der das AUTOMOBIL als Statussymbol zum ersten Mal richtig offenbar macht in den 1920ern. Leider empfand ich Zelda Fitzgeralds Schreibstil am Anfang als sehr künstlich und gestelzt, erst am Ende bricht sie das Ganze mit feineren und stilsichereren Metaphern auf. Der dritte Text ist ein Auszug eines Interviews mit Zelda und Scott, in denen die beiden sich ein bisschen selbst loben und in dem deutlich wird, wie wenig sie eigentlich ohneeinander sein können.

Dieses Buch ist ein Reisebericht, der davon erzählt, wie Zelda eines Morgens Pfirsiche will und Scott beschließt mit ihr in ihre Heimat (die Südstaaten) zu fahren. Wer sich mit den Fitzgeralds beschäftigen will, dem empfehle ich weiterhin das Buch 'Wir brechen die 10 Gebote und uns den Hals' als Einstieg.

The piece of writing that emerged out of this trip was a long article titled The Cruise of the Rolling Junk. Its not Fitzgeralds best piece of writing, but its interesting to read a non-fiction piece of his where the main characters are him and Zelda. Its perhaps a bit much to have The Cruise of the Rolling Junk as a standalone book, as the piece itself is only about 60 pages long. The rolling junk that Scott and Zelda were driving was a Marmon, a very luxurious automobile brand, referred to throughout the text by Fitzgerald as an Expenso. This is just one example of Fitzgeralds humor, which comes across quite strongly in Rolling Junk and other pieces of his non-fiction. (Id Die for You and Other Lost Stories, p.93) The Cruise of the Rolling Junk is an interesting piece of work for fans of Scott and Zelda, but its best taken with a large grain of salt, as I doubt everything that Fitzgerald wrote down actually happened.

A premissa de base foi uma impulsiva viagem que Scott Fitzgerald e a sua mulher Zelda empreenderam desde o norte dos Estados Unidos da América, onde viviam, até Montgomery, nos estados do sul, onde Zelda crescera.

Regrettable that it sold for a pittance yet that it did reflects Fitzgerald's own sense of self that provides a constant foil to Hemingway's boastfulness. The Cruise of the Rolling Junk" is frivolity at its finest, yet one catches a glimpse of the pending tragic outcome.

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American writer of novels and short stories, whose works have been seen as evocative of the Jazz Age, a term he himself allegedly coined.

  • English

  • Travel

  • Rating: 3.69
  • Pages: 120
  • Publish Date: November 17th 2011 by Hesperus Press
  • Isbn10: 184391462X
  • Isbn13: 9781843914624