Recently I picked up a book that I had been wanting to read for some time now, So We Read On by Maureen Corrigan. The book is all about the creating of The Great Gatsby and why it endures today. And wow was it an insightful and absorbing read. I read this book last week and promptly watched the 2013 movie version (my favorite although the author of this book isn’t a big fan of it) and read The Great Gatsby this weekend. So it’s safe to say that I have been on a bit of a Gatsby kick lately. (I am dying to have a Gatsby dress up party soon! I just love 20’s fashion and music so much, and of course Gatsby.)
Honestly the first time I read the novel, I was eighteen and was expecting the novel just to be a love story. You can imagine my annoyed, teenager surprise when it was about bigger issues and was mostly description about people and places. Talk about disappointment when I settled in to read something more along the lines of a Nicholas Sparks love novel. But when I saw the Baz Lurhman adaptation in 2013 I fell in love with it. Each time I watched I found some theme or meaning behind something I hadn’t noticed the last time I watched it. I finally picked up to novel again and devoured it in about two days, with fresh eyes and understanding about what the novel is about.
My dog and popcorn are the perfect combo to curl up on the couch and read this book!
The book focuses on F. Scott Fitzgerald and how he created this book, as well as giving a quick history of his life. Near the end of his life his fame mostly faded, and The Great Gatsby would have faded too, if it weren’t for his daughter and friends pushing his work and legacy forward after his death. This book delves deeper into that as well as how Fitzgerald came create some of the characters and themes based on his personal life. Corrigan also delves into the themes and famous lines of the novel and dissects them to get full meaning out of his text. My recommendation: read her book then go read The Great Gatsby and you will see new insights that you never knew existed and may discover some insights of you own.