Book review: Save Me the Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald

Save Me the WaltzSave Me the Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first and only book written by Zelda Zaire, aka Zelda Fitzgerald.

The plot is quite autobiographical even if it’s a piece of fiction. The main character, Alabama is a portrait of a wife of a famous artist who struggles to live her own life in the shadow of the success a famous husband. Sometimes, she is quite obsessive in becoming a dancer even if she was not young any longer.

One feels that Zelda wrote this book as an auto-therapeutic way out in order to surpass her mental issues (she was diagnosed with schizophrenia). She lived in a mental hospital and died in an accidental fire in 1947, seven years after Scott’s death.

Perhaps it’s a good time to re-read “Tender is the night”, published in 1934, where Zelda appears as Nicole.

There are other similar books on this subject, such as The Journey Down by Aline Bernstein (over her relationship with Thomas Wolfe); and A Transatlantic Love Affair: Letters to Nelson Algren by Simone de Beauvoir . To be checked.


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