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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Feb 24, 12

Read from February 22 to 24, 2012

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald. Perhaps the most famous American novel of the 1920s, The Great Gatsby has been riding a sine curve ever since, going into and out of fashion at regular intervals. It is heading into a new popularity phase right now. Which is good, because it just may be the Great American Novel we used to talk about.

There is so much in this short novel, so many extraordinary characters (Fitzgerald said he thought Tom Buchanan was his best creation), settings you can almost smell and touch, a seemingly simple but actually quite complex plot line, a little mystery, a little murder. And lots of themes and symbols. An English teacher could go nuts with the theme of time, with which the book starts and ends, the American Dream, travel by automobile (both Jordan and Baker were makers of automobiles at the time), wealth, honesty, and clothes.

And of course the green light flashing at the end of Daisy's dock.

I picked up the book because the 22nd Avenue Book Club is going to be discussing it next month. I'm so glad we picked it.

2012 No 32
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