Have you seen Instagram’s latest update? You can add a ‘poll’ to your insta story! I took this opportunity to let my followers decide what author and books I would write about this week!
Well, it seems like the Americans were in full force! F. Scott. Fitzgerald beat Steinbeck, J .D. Salinger and Hemmingway (I will be doing a post on them in the future so for those who did vote for them- don’t panic!) but when I put Fitzgerald’s book polls out there, it was a tie! ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘Tender Is The Night’ both hit the top spot! What was I to do? Do a joint book post of course!
‘The Great Gatsby’
What’s it about?
Nick Carraway narrates his story, re-living the events that eventually lead to where he is presently. Sometime after 1922, Nick has moved to West Egg where he lives next door to the mysterious Gatsby. Soon after his initial curiosity pays off, Nick is transported into a world of glitz and glamour but, is happiness fleeting? Do actions have consequences? Can you repeat the past?
I have always been a huge fan of ‘The Great Gatsby’ and for those who have been following my blog for a long time will remember that in January, I went to New York and took the book with me to get the perfect shot… Story time!
To recap, ‘the perfect shot’ was a lot harder to get than I had originally anticipated. After taking some mediocre photos around New York, I thought I could do better. Then the opportunity came about to take a ferry trip around the Statue of Liberty and back. I thought this would be perfect to get the skyline in the background and so, I took Gatsby with me. However, it was the middle of January and New York had been hit with some unbelievable blizzards. To our luck though, the weather was in our favour on the ferry trip. Or so we thought. What I hadn’t taken into account was the huge mound of snow on top of the ferry that when the wind changed, completely covered myself and all the other tourists. Most took the sensible option and went inside to escape the snow but, I had to get the photo. The mini blizzard had begun with the wind change so it was safe to say I was covered with ice and snow. With the laughter of people coming from inside, I persevered and got, what I feel, was one of the best photos I’ve ever taken. You don’t have to agree with me, it was probably the most memorable photo I’ve taken and it comes with a rather funny anecdote. I was very happy I had managed to take Gatsby home…
Now, there are many things I love about ‘The Great Gatsby’ but the thing I always end up going off on tangents about is the character of Nick. I honestly think he is the unsung hero of the book and I continuously feel sorry for him as he ends up the victim I believe. Of course, how could you not be enamoured by the mysterious Gatsby, or curious about sweet innocent Daisy? They are fantastic and memorable characters but personally, Nick is one of my favourite characters of all time.
To see my previous post on ‘The Great Gatsby’ (full review etc.) CLICK HERE
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
“I hope she’ll be a fool — that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.”
“I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.”
‘Tender Is The Night’
What’s it about?
This is a tale of love, loss, tragedy and mystery. Dick and Nicole Diver are a couple regarded as the epitome of glamour. They meet a young actress named Rosemary who not only causes trouble between the couple, but whose curiosity may get the better of her. What is the couple hiding? Is there more than one kind of love? Are somethings better left unsaid?
I’ve read other works of Fitzgerald but only recently read ‘Tender Is The Night’. This novel has quite a sad backstory and was the last one Fitzgerald managed to complete. It’s sad to see that some of the tragedy in his novels are echoed in his real life circumstances. Apparently, Fitzgerald regarded ‘Tender Is The Night’ to be his greatest work.
I have to say the writing was typical of Fitzgerald and I recognised his quirks instantly. I don’t think I connected to the characters in this book as easily, but that may be because I’ve always been obsessed with Gatsby, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t like the book as much. I feel that, if I were to read the book again, I would feel about it differently. That happens often with books I think.
I will be doing a full review of ‘Tender Is The Night’ in the future too.
“Think how you love me,” she whispered. “I don’t ask you to love me always like this, but I ask you to remember. Somewhere inside me there’ll always be the person I am to-night.”
“People living alone get used to loneliness.”
“Someday I’m going to find somebody and love him and love him and never let him go.”
Want to know some facts about F. Scott. Fitzgerald? Of course you do! And you’ve come to the right place! Here are my top 3 facts about him you may not have known.
- He died before he finished his last novel.
Fitzgerald, like some great writers, had quite a tragic life. This reflected in his novels and echoed in his characters. “The Love of the Last Tycoon” was left incomplete when Fitzgerald died of a sudden heart-attack. Although unfinished, it was published later on with great reception and critical acclaim.
You know the great American novel Fitzgerald wrote? That’s right- written in Europe! Fitzgerald was apparently traveling through France and Italy whilst he wrote ‘The Great Gatsby’!
3. He married the first flapper
Okay, so this fact is about his wife- still a fact though! Fitzgerald married Zelda who he named ‘the first flapper in America’. His books evoked the jazz age embracing the glitz, the glamour, the rise and the fall. Zelda’s story is also tragic, but she was more than just the wife of a great writer, she made a name for herself and was a huge symbol of the jazz age.
Fitzgerald’s story is definitely one to look up. Although I already loved his work, I believe that after learning more about his life, the messages were a lot clearer.
Hope you enjoyed this post!
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Happy reading! Lx
P.s. In the feature image, the books I used varied. In addition to the 2 front copies, I also included my ‘Penguin Book of Modern Quotations’ and an old copy of ‘The Great Gatsby’. The latter two were saved from being recycled. Please support your local book and second hand book shops! You never know what gems you will find in there!