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Re-Reading 'The Great Gatsby'

We decided not to wait until Literary Friday to tell y’all about the opportunity to re-read (or read for the first time if you only got the CliffsNotes in high school) “The Great Gatsby” with Book Riot. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic story has been chosen for the site’s first “Riot Read” book club. Through August 1, they’ll be posting info on the book and Fitzgerald, Gatsby-themed installments of some of their regular features and hosting a discussion forum on the book.

So far, Book Riot has posted a cover image of the first edition of the book, an analysis of its first two sentences, comments on the book from 1925 until today, and given away a “Gatsby” tote bag. Their suggested reading schedule has chapters one and two on the list for this week, so there’s plenty of time to join in. We’ll be following along and hope some of you will too. The story of Nick Carraway, Daisy Buchanan and Gatsby is timeless, and now is a great to brush up on the story with a new movie version by Director Baz Luhrmann coming out on Christmas day this year.

For those of you wondering about the Southern connect to Fitzgerald and “Gatsby,” Scott’s wife, Zelda, was from Montgomery, Alabama, and the couple lived there for a short period of time in the early 1930s. Their former home is now open to the public as the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum. Find out more in the¬†Deep South Literary Trail App.

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  • Sherry Tuminaro / July 18, 2012

    I read Gatsby in May, and it was so moving and wonderfully written. Whoever made the movie decades ago, with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, hit the story spot on, and after seeing a bit of the remake, I have no desire to see the new one. The only thing I found to be contrary to Hemingway’s vision was that Gatsby describes Daisy as having dark hair.