Save Me The Waltz by Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald
Write 6 words you would put on this book if it were in the “Blind Date With A Book” shelf. Ballet, Fame, Paris, Love, Marriage, 1920’s
Any particular reason for choosing this book? From reading Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby by Sarah Churchwell, I found out this is Zelda’s version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender Is The Night which I have been wanting to read for some time. I figured I’d read this one first as it was published first.
Who was your favorite character and why? Millie because she made a good life for her family.
Who was your least favorite character and why? Bonnie because she was somewhat snobby.
Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? Was it worth the wait? The forward warned “…the reader who is jarred by the prose at first will find it less turgid beginning about one-third of the way along.” This paired with the fact that there didn’t seem to be any real plot made it difficult to really latch on to.
What did you think of the ending? Very anti-climatic, disappointing and meaningless.
What was the moral of the story? Life is confusing and difficult to navigate especially when there’s no one to tell you what to do all the time.
Favorite quote: “…it’s very difficult to be two simple people at once, one who wants to have a law to itself and the other who wants to keep all the nice old things and be loved and safe and protected.” – Alabama
What would you change? I wished I hadn’t known the facts of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life together before reading this so that I could have enjoyed it as purely fiction and not Zelda’s fictionalization of their life together.
Song/Soundtrack Recommendations: I’ve put songs mentioned in the book on Spotify for your enjoyment.
Who would you recommend it to? People who like their novels to read more like poetry than prose.
Number of unknown words: 49
Artwork: Dancers Practicing at the Barre by Degas
How much did you struggle to find yourself when you moved out on your own?