Tuesday, December 30, 2014
the third place and its discontents
Even though it is the great American novel, I find certain aspects of the story unbelievable. Gatsby is believable, but his death was a convenient device that Fitzgerald used to spare the character the embarrassment of being exposed as a fraud. Nick gets clean-up duty and comes across as more heroic than is reasonable to expect.
In a few years, we'll be in the 20's again. I don't think they'll be roaring.
And, where was Shafter's? Gatsby certainly had vices, but with one exception, he wasn't consumed by them.