This post is an update on my 30 for 30 goal: Re-read 30 of My Favourite Books.
Rating: 5 stars
Mini synopsis: Loves young dream, not meant to be. Glittering high life comes crashing down, yet 1930s New York remains fabulous.
Read it because: It transports you to a world of gin martinis, jazz club dances and sneaking into all manner of soirees.
My favourite quotes:
“Old times, as my father used to say: if you’re not careful, they’ll gut you like a fish.”
“It’s a bit of a cliche to refer to someone as a chameleon: a person who can change his colours from environment to environment. In fact, not one in a million can do that. But there are tens of thousands of butterflies: men and women like Eve with two dramatically different colourings – one which serves to attract and the other which serves to camouflage – and which can be switched at the instant with a flit of the wings.”
“How little imagination and courage we show in our hatred. If we earn 50 cents an hour, we admire the rich and pity the poor, and we reserve the full force of our venom for those who make a penny more or a penny less.”
“As a quick aside, let me observe that in moments of high emotion – whether they’re triggered by anger or envy, humiliation or resentment – if the next thing you’re going to say makes you feel better, then it’s probably the wrong thing to say. This is one of the finer maxims that I’ve discovered in life. And you can have it, since it’s been of no use to me.”