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So Just How Great Was Gatsby? #vintage via @sharethis

I came to this version of The Great Gatsby after re-reading several of Fitzgerald’s novels: This Side of Paradise (his first), The Beautiful and Damned and Tender is the Night (a late work, often regarded – and I agree – as his best), and also revisiting the 1974 Francis Ford Coppola directerd film version starring Redford and Farrow. I first read these works in my late teens, early twenties, and my response to them was different as an older reader. I could see the mistakes in the earlier works and the much greater depth in his later ones. Fitzgetrald’s earlier novels (including Gatsby) often read a bit uneasily as he is still developing his style, sometimes lapsing into “playlets” with dialogue oddly like a screen play for a few pages. The tone of these early works sometimes lunges between seriously considered and insightful into shallow comic farce, which can be disconce...

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