April 9, 2013

The Great Gatsby


The closing lines of The Great Gatsby handwritten by F. Scott Fitzgerald  

- under a portrait of him drawn by Robert Kastor. 

The last line is found on Scott and Zelda's tombstone. 

Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. 
It eluded us then, but that’s no matter —
tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . 
And then one fine morning —
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

The Fitzgerald’s out boating, 1931.


"Your high school English teacher was right: 
F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby really is one of the best American novels 
of the 20th century, and if you weren't paying attention back in school, 
you should read it again right away." 

This post is because I can hardly wait for the new film The Great Gatsby 
coming in theaters in May. See the trailer
The original one was from 1929, Three more films, in 19491974 and 2013
and a television adaptation, in 2000, were to follow.

I will read the book again - it is one of my top books. 
But I will definitely not see these films before the new one. 
I have seen the version of 1974 - nothing like the book, 
but worked for me for Mia Farrow and Robert Redford! 

My favourite quote of the book: 

"I hope she'll be a fool — that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, 
a beautiful little fool . . . 
You see, I think everything's terrible anyhow . . . 
And I know. 
I've been everywhere and seen everything and done everything." 
(Chapter 1)


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