I had never read the The Great Gatsby. In fact, I haven’t read many books that are considered some of the best stories of the 20th century. So, I decided it was time to become literally cultured beyond 1990’s pop lit and nonfiction books.
Have you read it? Do you think it’s one of the best books of all time? Why or why not?
Also, did you know that there were many versions printed? And that F. Scott Fitzgerald didn’t like the title “The Great Gatsby”?
Looking at it from a literary perspective, there sure are a lot of things to say about it. But looking at it from a fiction writer’s perspective, I wonder, if it were printed today as a new book, would a publisher have bought it? Would people like it?
And, from a writer’s perspective, I found it very interesting that the language was timeless. It really could have been written today. I loved the descriptions of Gatsby’s house, and the different characters. His words are strung together like printed music. Being that descriptions are one of my writing weaknesses, it was a marvelous lesson in how to paint a scene without being flowery.
If you haven’t read it, it’s very approachable (unlike some other famous 20th century stories). It takes a few pages to get into what’s going on and who the characters are, but once you’re in, it’ll be an easy sweep to the end.
Next on my list, Ulysses. Apparently that is the best book written in the 20th century. That got me curious. So I’m gonna read it.