This week--one of those books that, really, has anyone *not* read given its proliferation in high school reading lists?
Genre: The American Classic
By: Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald. Yes, he was named for the fella who wrote The Star Spangled Banner.
What's it about? Privileged people and the tangled webs they weave. And nearly crippling emotional issues and partying. (I kept wanting a glass of Champagne while reading--I mean, all the characters got to have fancy cocktails!)
Why did I pick it? Two reasons--I haven't read it since high school and remembered enjoying it then, and with the film adaptation in the works, it came to mind. That, and my husband was glued to the Bears/Packers game last night and I needed something to do. This was handy.
Who will like it? It's not pacey, it's not high-action, but it's still engrossing if you like digging into characters and a little bit of intrigue borne out of shadowy pasts. When we talk "plot driven" vs "character driven" fiction, this is a staunch representative of "character driven."
Judging a book by its cover: Can you for this book? I learned something--the cover actually preceded the finished manuscript for this novel. Fitzgerald's editor commissioned a contemporary artist to create the cover art and it was done seven months before the book. Does it capture the essence of the story? Well, a gaudy carnival and the overwhelming presence of desperate sadness does kinda nail it.
What classics have you read or reread and enjoyed--maybe school assignments turned personal favorites? Are there classics from the cannon of literature that you'd rather not give a second glance?