After reading both The Great Gatsby and This Side of Paradise, I decided that F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of my favorite authors. While I do find some of the plots of his stories to be a bit slow at times, his writing style more than makes up for lack of action.
After checking out Flappers and Philosophers, a collection of short stories written by Fitzgerald, I flipped to the first story and was immediately hooked. The Offshore Pirate is a story of youth, lust, and adventure. Fitzgerald’s description of tiny islands off the coast of Florida are enchanting and beautiful. If you guys don’t believe me, then take a look at this quote from the book:
“Taking her hand he led her out into a broad stretch of hard sandy soil that the moon flooded with great splendor. They floated out like drifting moths under the rich hazy light, and as the fantastic symphony wept and exulted and wavered and despaired, Ardita’s last sense of reality dropped away, and she abandoned her imagination to the dreamy summer scents of tropical flowers and the infinite starry spaces overhead, feeling that if she opened her eyes it would be to find herself dancing with a ghost in a land created by her own fantasy.”
Is that beautiful or what? It is a short story, so I feel like giving out any of the plot would sort of ruin the adventure that is this book, so please just take my word for it.
If you like writing that will make you feel warm and fuzzy and magical inside, read The Offshore Pirate! It only takes about an hour to read (if you’re a sloth-speed reader like me) and is more than worth the sixty minutes.
-Amanda D., 12th grade