The Camel's Back

The Camel s Back Before a wide mirror Perry tried on the head and turned from side to side appraisingly In the dim light the effect was distinctly pleasing The camel s face was a study in pessimism decorated with num

  • Title: The Camel's Back
  • Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • ISBN: 9781162690124
  • Page: 173
  • Format: Paperback
  • Before a wide mirror Perry tried on the head and turned from side to side appraisingly In the dim light the effect was distinctly pleasing The camel s face was a study in pessimism, decorated with numerous abrasions, and it must be admitted that his coat was in that state of general negligence peculiar to camels in fact, he needed to be cleaned and pressed but distinctBefore a wide mirror Perry tried on the head and turned from side to side appraisingly In the dim light the effect was distinctly pleasing The camel s face was a study in pessimism, decorated with numerous abrasions, and it must be admitted that his coat was in that state of general negligence peculiar to camels in fact, he needed to be cleaned and pressed but distinctive he certainly was He was majestic He would have attracted attention in any gathering, if only by his melancholy cast of feature and the look of hunger lurking round his shadowy eyes.

    One thought on “The Camel's Back”

    1. I found it pretty entertaining and funny. I have read three of F Scott's books so far, and I hated the two, The Great Gatsby (But loved the movie) & Jelly Bean. This one was good for a light-hearted laugh.

    2. Unexpected funny short story - I laughed out loud twice - goes to show that drunkness can lead to bad judgement no matter what age it is! Worth the read!

    3. In reading the title, I was wondering if it was referring to the idiom "the straw that broke 'the camel's back' ". Turns out, he clears that up at the begining. It's not a metaphor on the idiom, it's intended to be quite literal, meaning the rear half of the camel actually! HAHA! No spoilers here! You'll have to read it to find out how that could possibly be relevant to the story.This is, by far, not F. Scott Fitzgerald's greatest work. But it is funny and entertaining nonetheless. I laughed out [...]

    4. I liked The Curious Case of Benjamin Button but this story wasn't just for me. I don't know if it's because of the writing style or the plot or it could be my lack of English to understand this story but The Camel's Back was boring for me. Glad that it's only a short story. Planning to read his other works, hopefully they are not as disappointed as this one is.

    5. I had no idea what this one was about, and I think I might have liked it more if I knew what to expect. I still liked it, of course, but it's probably one of Fitzgerald's weakest stories, and he even seemed to think so judging from what he said about it. BUT- it is funny, and a bit silly, and good for a bit of fun reading you don't have to over-think.

    6. The mediocrity of this story's prose astounded me. I did not expect that from Fitzgerald.At times, the story is interesting and dramatic and absurd--which are all the things I love in a story. But for the most part, it's forgettable.If you're reading Tales of the Jazz Age, maybe skip this one.

    7. An hilarious story about a young man, frustrated after breaking up with his true love, drinks too much and decides belatedly to attend a costume party as half of a camel.

    8. I have a hard time believing this is the same Fitzgerald that wrote Gatsby. Seemed like a short story version of one of the more boring TV sit-com episodes I've seen.

    9. This story is hilarious and charming. The surprise ending was great. The only bad part was that the middle of the story bogged down a bit, but the rest was fantastic.

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