Writers: F.Scott Fitzgerald

  • Hugo  Trompiz

    The elusive American dream...

    "The Great Gatsby" is one of my favourite novels; it is not just an exposé of the decadence of the "Roaring Twenties" but also a profound exploration of love, dreams, illusion and reality, class and greed. I also personally believe that the book does have a certain political undertone, often missed by reviewers, and is actually very relevant in light of the global financial crisis of 2008. This is a quote from near the end of the novel: "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy - they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money of their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made" Sounds familiar? I suppose you could argue that Fitzgerald isn't quite sure if he wants satirise the decadence of 1920s or if he is actually in love with what he purports to satirise - I had a little of this feeling when I saw Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" of 1960 ( apologies, I was a cinephile before I..."The Great Gatsby" is one of my favourite novels; it is not just an exposé of the decadence of the "Roaring Twenties" but also a profound exploration of love, dreams, illusion and reality, class and greed. I also personally believe that the book does have a certain political undertone, often missed by reviewers, and is actually very relevant in light of the global financial crisis of 2008. This is a quote from near the end of the novel: "They were careless people, Tom and Daisy - they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money of their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made" Sounds familiar? I suppose you could argue that Fitzgerald isn't quite sure if he wants satirise the decadence of 1920s or if he is actually in love with what he purports to satirise - I had a little of this feeling when I saw Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" of 1960 ( apologies, I was a cinephile before I became a bibliophile!). This is a novel that you can adore just for the beauty of the language. There are far too many quotes to mention here but this is a less well-known one ( and one of my favourites); the narrator Nick Carraway's comments about turning 30 "Thirty - the promise of a decade of loneliness, a thinning list of single men to know, a thinning brief-case of enthusiasm, thinning hair. But there was Jordan Baker beside me, who, unlike Daisy, was too wise ever to carry well-forgotten dreams from age to age. As we passed over the dark bridge her wan face fell lazily against my coat's shoulder and the formidable stroke of thirty died away with the reassuring pressure of her hand. So we drove on toward death through the cooling night." Hugo (more)

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