Gatsby ended up as the pick for this month's book club, and I hadn't read it since high school. How I managed to earn a degree in English, Speech, and Linguistics without rereading F. Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece in college, I'll never know. But reading it again last week swept me back into that glittery, pulsing Jazz Age.
I remember seeing the Robert Redford film version of the novel in high school, and being utterly bored with it. Although I'm not sure I agree with the new director's (Baz Luhrman) choice to use contemporary music, and the trailer has a bit of a manic look to it, it does seem to capture the frenzy and excess that the Jazz Age embodied. I remember loving his take on Romeo and Juliet (also starring Leo!), so maybe I'll love this one too.
There are so many things Fitzgerald had to say about the American dream and materialism...I guess we'll have to wait and see how it translates on screen. My book club is heading out to see it next Friday night, and I can't wait!
If you haven't seen the trailer yet, I'll embed it below (you'll have to click over to the blog if you're viewing this from a reader or email):
Who else is excited for this one?
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