02 June, 2012

The allure of Gatsby

"I hope she'll be a fool--that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool."

I finally got round to reading this iconic tale in anticipation of the film adaptation, and was shocked by the glistening tragedy of the tale. The enigmatic Gatsby, the trapped Daisy, and the ever watchful Nick. These characters display the roaring twenties with the hedonism, infidelities, and monied social circles yet the human flaws of these personalities are able to resonate through all time. Also a special mention must go to Daisy Buchanan who finds herself crying over  an array of beautiful shirts; is my kind of book. You do get the feeling that Scott Fitzgerald is indulgent in this novel, he is a  commentator but one gets the feeling he was closer to this kind of tale.
"There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy, and the tired."

Ultimately this is a tale of human destruction and loneliness, tragic yet telling.

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