Monday, 30 July 2012

THE GREAT GATSBY – F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925

‘Can’t repeat the past?’ he cried incredulously. ‘Why of course you can!’
And Jay Gatsby was right. Summer just wouldn’t be summer without a re-reading of the greatest novel of the 20th Century.
Don’t be distracted by the slick previews (with a contemporary soundtrack) of the new film. There is much much more to The Great Gatsby than a mis-cast Leonardo DiCaprio and special effects. This story needs no Big Screen interpretation. It exists in the memory. It haunts anyone who has read it, representing a past uncaptured, just like ‘the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock.’
This story of a dream within a dream perfectly represents the Roaring Twenties. Also think about Zelda Fitzgerald; strong and yet vulnerable. Look at her beautiful painting ‘Wine and Roses’ and all will be explained.

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