I opened The Great Gatsby again for a comfort read. I read it for A Level and really loved it, but I wondered if it would stand up when coming from a older, more widely read, and just generally less teenage perspective. I also watched Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris the other week which rekindled my interest (I wholly recommend that film by the way, it’s a love letter to the golden 20s, and features such prominent figures from the era as Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway and F Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.) The theme of the film is nostalgia, and in particular whether the 20s were the best decade for art and literature, so I wanted to evoke this sentiment again.
So, does it stand up? Guess what? It does. Of course. It’s considered a classic for a reason.
In fact, some of Fitzgerald’s descriptions are so memorable that I…
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