The Beautiful and Damned
Scott F. Fitzgerald
Ed. Penguin Modern Classics
"There! This was better. She was at the top now and could see the lands about her as successive sweeps of open country, cold under the moon, coaersely patched and seamed with thin rows and heavy clumps of trees. To her right, half a mile down the river, which trailed away behind the light like the shiny, slimy trail of a snail, winked the scattered lights of Marietta. Not two hundred yards away at the end of the bridge squatted the station, marked by a sullen lantern. The oppression was lifted now -- the tree-tops below her were rocking the new starlight to a haunted doze. She stretched out her arms with a gesture of freedom. This was what she had wanted, to stand alone where it was high and cool".
Magnifique, mais une lecture claustrophobique. Sans doute parce que le livre parle de vieillissement, de la routine, du matérialisme et ses poings crispés sur lui-même, de civilisation au bout du rouleau... de lassitude, d'amertume, de rêves qui restent juste ça -- des rêves.