F. Scott Fitzgerald

Mark’s #3 – The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

January 21, 2012 // 0 Comments

In my continuing pursuit to recapture the english education I intentionally ignored growing up, I decided it was time to read this paragon of American literature. As I see it, The Great Gatsby is a novel about the vacuous life of the social, political, and financially elite citizens of New York during the ‘roaring twenties’.  It was a time of peace (after world war I) and prosperity.  With the right connections in the underground world of bootlegging (this was the time of prohibition) Penniless nobodies like Jay Gatsby could reinvent themselves to become socialite millionaires.  Yet, in spite his lavish parties,  grand mansion, and overly smooth demeanor (he calls everyone ‘old sport’),  there is evident angst, loneliness, and unrequited love stirring in his soul. No doubt Fitzgerald’s ability to paint vivid word pictures, coupled with his keen insights into the human condition are, like other great works, the leading factors which have led to the appropriate description of ‘classic literature’.  It’s paragraphs and sentences like this one which made this book thoroughly enjoyable: “This is a valley of ashes–a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens; where ashes take the forms of houses […]