West of Sunset

West of Sunset

Book - 2015
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This tale inspired by F. Scott Fitzgerald's last years in Hollywood finds him reflecting on past events at the height of the Jazz Age while falling in love, struggling to hold his family together and penning The Last Tycoon.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2015.
ISBN: 9780670785957
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 289 pages ; 24 cm


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Mar 20, 2017

A fictionalized melancholic look at the last years of F. Scott Fitzgerald in Hollywood as he attempts to resurrect his career and pay off the large debts he has incurred in the care of his mentally ill wife and schooling his daughter. Well written, interspersed with historical characters, this book is a worthwhile read if you are interested in the times or the character.

Aug 12, 2016

I was bored.

Jul 19, 2016

This fictionalized biography of the last three years of Fitzgerald's life is very sympathetically done. Unlike some stereotypes of him, Fitzgerald always worked and tried hard.

athompson10 Apr 06, 2015

Sad, moody and beautifully written.

LAYNE_A Mar 04, 2015

Vivid descriptions of old Hollywood, snappy late 30s dialogue, and multiple Dorothy Parker appearances make for a lovely biographical novel covering the last years of F. Scott Fitzgerald's life. The publisher's description calls it "dazzling" and that might be pushing it. I did not find the story as emotional or compelling as I had hoped, but it was well written and insightful.

ChristchurchLib Feb 17, 2015

With his wife Zelda confined to a North Carolina asylum, novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald spends his final years in Hollywood battling poverty, obscurity, and alcoholism. (Under)employed as a script doctor, Fitzgerald embarks on an affair with a much-younger gossip columnist, works on a novel (The Love of the Last Tycoon) and slowly drinks himself to death. Despite lively cameo appearances by luminaries such as Humphrey Bogart, Ernest Hemingway, and Dorothy Parker, West of Sunset is a melancholy, leisurely paced character study of a flawed man striving to create great art. Historical Fiction February 2015 newsletter.


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