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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Jul 17, 2010

bookshelves: fiction-novel
Read in July, 2010

Entirely worth the reread. I had no idea the first time around that Fitzgerald was of the same generation as Hemingway; here I see him working with syntax and sentence rhythms in similar ways.

It's not an especially stirring book; which is the point of its commentary on the blindly calm Jazz Age. But the steadiness of a detached voice sustains it (see Murakami), especially in the case of Nick's insights into Jay's illusions. There's a lot to learn from this of dreams, of estrangement, and of our incarnations of others.

"He talked a lot about the past and I gathered that he wanted to recover something, some idea of himself perhaps, that had gone into loving Daisy. His life had been confused and disordered since then, but if he could once return to a certain starting place and go over it all slowly, he could find out what that thing was. ...

"His heart beat faster and faster as Daisy's white face came up to his own. He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning fork that had been struck upon a star. Then he kissed her. At his lips' touch she blossomed for him like a flower and the incarnation was complete."

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message 1: by Lela (new)

Lela I remember this passage! The sacrifice of his Platonic ideals for the flawed, and beautiful Daisy.

Kirby I still believe "Tender is the Night" is a better novel... When I was in high school the teachers let me read novels by the same author, but not the novels chosen for school, and write my essays on those instead. It was their way of keeping me entertained. :p

message 3: by H (new) - added it

H Sounds like you had cool teachers. I'll read that one next. Happy new year!

Kirby You too! Miss you my Magus. :)

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