“They’re a rotten crowd,” I shouted
across the lawn.
|From Paste Magazine|
worth the whole damn bunch put together.”
I had always been curious of F.Scott
Fitzgerald’s Gatsby. Maybe because I’ve seen it in every to-read list I’ve come
across. We never had the chance to read it in our high school lit class because
we focused too much on Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories, Beowulf and Dante Alighieri’s
Inferno. Not that I don’t like them—I think that those stories really pushed me
to read more literary pieces. It’s just that I felt we could have covered more
literary masterpieces from the industry’s giants. But of course, that could be
the subject of a whole new blog entry. Back to Gatsby.
I had the chance to borrow a copy from my
office seatmate who is a fellow book hoarder. We suddenly had this habit of
recommending titles and exchanging books. Hehe. I could have stuck with the
e-book copy I
illegally downloaded from the web but the smell of an old
book just did the trick. Haha! For almost a week, my train rides to and from
the office were spent listening to reading Nick Carraway’s narration on
The first few pages were slightly boring. Or
maybe it’s just the language. Just the same, I went on reading. Several more
pages and I was actually enjoying the story. The Great Gatsby has a simple
plot. Carraway, a struggling stocks agent in the 1920s and the story’s narrator,
happened to become the neighbor of millionaire Jay Gatsby in a fictional town
called West Egg. Every week, people from all over New York are flocking to
Gatsby’s mansion for a night of merrymaking. Amid all the sparkle and glitter
of his lavish parties, Carraway knew that Gatsby had only wanted to impress his
teenage love: Daisy Buchanan. Such quest would significantly affect Gatsby’s fate
in the end.
A friend (that’s our office ED) asked what I
thought about the movie and the book and here’s what I told him. I liked the
story even if it ended in an unhappy note. It was tragic and heartbreaking and
at the same time beautiful. Of course, it was totally unfair to pin every
single accusation to Gatsby while the Buchanans get to run away (sorry, spoiler). We could say the same
to things that happen to us along the way—we’re blamed for things we did not
do, and worse, we haven’t got any chance to defend ourselves. But the
truthfulness evoked until the end was something that really got me. Injustice
happens, even to the best of us. And while some get their dose of revenge or redemption,
many more are not given that chance. So what do we do? I could say that Mr
Wilson’s “God see’s everything,” statement before he set on looking the yellow
car, was something we could hold onto. Or that everything will fall into its
own places in due time. I don’t really know. I guess we’ll know it when unjust
experiences come to us. For now, it’s a truth that we’d have to live through.
I’d like to think he agreed and then he said
that he’s quite amused or curious or whatever that I thought about the story
this way. I can’t remember my reply. Hahaha!
In other news, I watched the movie even
before I finished the book. Hahaha! Anyhoo, no problem with that. I still
finished it and I could say that the movie adaptation remained faithful to the
original story. Baz Luhrmann and his team may have omitted several parts but it
did not affect the overall feel and impact of the movie.
Similar to other movies Luhrmann headed,
Gatsby was as splendidly designed as his other signature works (read: Moulin
Rouge, Australia, Romeo and Juliet). It was also a nice move to infuse today’s
hiphop and RnB tunes in the movie’s lavish party scenes. It’s like 1920’s Jazz
out of 5
this over the net—Gatsby character map! Geeky and nice. Read on. Hahahahaha!
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