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(3) Base Camp

F. Scott Fitzgerald writes clearly, with lots of cool images to make it easier to imagine the people and places he describes. But even if Fitzgerald's word choice often seems simple, he likes to use symbols and metaphors, so there's still some careful reading to do.

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