Thursday, January 22, 2015

Review: West of Sunset

West of Sunset West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan is a fictional biography of the last three years of F. Scott Fitzgerald's life. Early on we see Fitzgerald struggle to maintain hope and loyalty to Zelda as she struggles to maintain her sanity. All action in this novel revolves around Fitzgerald's attempts to stay relevant, stay in love, and stay sober.

 While I have read most of Fitzgerald's work (Tender is the Night is my favorite of his novels), I have to admit that I knew little of his life. Reading biographies (even fictional ones) has been somewhat of a let down in the past so I tend to shy away. Knowing too much about my favorite authors can sometimes taint my view of their works that is why I was surprised at how enthralling I found West of Sunset. I felt as if I was there often dreaming of the characters after a long night of reading.

Drunken fights, Hollywood stars, sorted affairs and stunning prose, this novel has it all. If you read one fictional biography this year, make West of Sunset the book. I received this novel from the publisher to review. In no way did that influence the opinions expressed in this review.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan

This week I am reading the novel "West of Sunset" by Stewart O'Nan. It is set in 1937 and will depict the last three years of F. Scott Fitzgerald's life. Review will be posted here January 21 2015. In the meantime join me at Twitter (@WeeklyZen) or Instagram (@littlebluenotebooks) for my daily reading notes.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Tale of Two Cities Read-along

Starting April 21st reader will be joining together to read A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. As a fan of Dickens I could not pass up the opportunity to re-read this novel. I will be tweeting about my read (@WeeklyZen ) with the #1Tale2Cities tag. On Monday's I will update Weekly Zen with a close reading of the chapters that the group was scheduled to read.  All the information about joining the read-along and schedule is posted at Reading in Bed . 




The event runs April 21- May 19 2014 and below is the reading schedule:
  • April 21: Start reading
  • April 28: Book the First ch. 1-6 and Book the Second ch. 1-5
  • May 5: Book the Second ch. 6-16
  • May 12: Book the Second ch. 17-24 and Book the Third ch. 1-3
  • May 19: Read to the end
  • May 26: Wrap up and winner announcement