01 November 2014

So We Read On; Maureen Corrigan

So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It EnduresSo We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why It Endures by Maureen Corrigan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A definite must read for anyone who loved My Life in Middlemarch, The Great Gatsby or is fascinated by the Jazz Age and F. Scott/Zelda. This is slighter than Middlemarch but then, so is the source material: that's not a complaint or negative, just a statement of fact. And as with the original, this exploration does its job very well.

For so many of us, Gatsby is introduced in high school, during a time of teen angst and academic boredom with teachers who either are teaching to some mandated test/curriculum or doing deep dives and textual analysis. The author's argument is that so much of the book is missed then, that reading (or re-reading, or re-re-reading) later brings so much more to light and life.

Maybe I'll take her advice and re-read it myself one of these days.

ARC provided by publisher.

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