The Diamond as Big as the Ritz
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Part of The Art of the Novella
â€śAt any rate, let us love for a while, for a year or so, you and me. Thatâ€™s a form of divine drunkenness that we can all try. There are only diamonds in the whole world, diamonds and perhaps the shabby gift of disillusion.â€ť
Although this novella stands out from his body of work in that itâ€™s a playful yet sinister fairy tale, it brilliantly fuses F. Scott Fitzgeraldâ€™s ongoing lush fantasies about the extremes of wealth with his much more somber understanding of what underpins it.Â Loosely inspired by a summer he spent as a teenager working on a ranch in Montana, The Diamond as Big as the Ritz is Fitzgeraldâ€™s hallucinatory paean to the American West and all its promises.
Itâ€™s the story of John T. Unger, a young Southerner who goes to Montana for summer vacation with a wealthy college classmate. But the classmateâ€™s family proves to be much more than simply wealthy: They own a mountain made entirely of one solid diamond. And theyâ€™ve gone to dreadful lengths to conceal their secret â€¦ meaning John could be in danger.
But the family also has a daughter, lovely Kismine, and with her help, John may yet escape the fate her family has meted out to all their other guests so far â€¦
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