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Daisy’s other daughter?

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Only a few pages into Mrs. Dalloway, I read the main character’s description of her own education:

Not that she thought herself clever, or much out of the ordinary.  How she had got through life on the few twigs of knowledge Fräulein Daniels gave them she could not think.  She knew nothing; no language, no history, she scarcely read a book now, except memoirs in bed;

I was quickly reminded of what The Great Gatsby’s Daisy Buchanan said when her daughter was born.

I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool–that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.

Maybe Pammy had a sister named Clarissa?

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Posted by on June 23, 2013 in Mrs. Dalloway

 

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One more movie review

 

GGmovieWhat’s better than a Lutheran pastor presiding over Gatsby’s poorly attended funeral?

A Lutheran pastor reviewing the movie!
Read Rev. Ted Giese’s evaluation here.

And while you’re at, you can listen to his interview on one of our favorite radio programs, Issues Etc.

Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2013 in The Great Gatsby

 

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I Wouldn’t Recommend It

Oh, you thought I meant the movie!  No, on the contrary – I heartily WOULD recommend it!   My recollections (of the movie) are entirely pleasant.   What I would not recommend is going to see the movie after spending 4 or 5 days in extreme toothache-y pain and then getting 2 teeth pulled.   I guess I figured that after that amount of torture, I was NOT missing out on time with friends at a movie I’ve been looking forward to seeing for months.   So, after 2 extractions that afternoon, I snuck in a purse-full of gauze and an ice pack, bound and determined to have a good time.

Unfortunately, my recollections are vague and tinged with memories of replacing bloody gauze and trying to ice the area on and off every 20 minutes.  So, listen to my wise and much more focused friends as they review The Great Gatsby.  I’ll have to rent it when it comes out on video.

I leave you with the picture my daughter dared to take while I was in pain.   Just so you believe me.   (That’s a primogeniture trait, I believe.   One doesn’t skip out unless one has a verifiable excuse.)

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Posted by on June 20, 2013 in The Great Gatsby

 

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A Great Review

CCOM went on another field trip!  Can you guess where?

ggmovie1No, we didn’t imbibe at a speakeasy.  We saw Gatsby at the theater!

We’re going to make these movie reviews down and dirty, much like the parties at Jay Gatsby’s.  Each of us will share a few thoughts about the film, and then we leave you dash of to your nearest multiplex to watch this version of Fitzgerald’s hit.

GG for blogChristine’s thoughts:

Tea Time: One of my favorite parts was the scene where Nick invites Daisy to his house for tea and Gatsby is there. DiCaprio plays Jay Gatz beautifully: the longing, the hoping, the dreaming…the part where he’s dripping wet in a white summer suit.  He’s boyishly charming.  It’s endearing.   I found myself wanting things to work out between the former sweethearts.  Then I told myself to snap out of it and quit rooting for the affair.

Nick Carraway:  Moments before the movie started, I maintained that Nick was merely a tool Fitzgerald used to tell the tale: a narrator and nothing more.  I was wrong.  He became caught up in the soap opera just as much as the other characters.  I found myself liking Nick less and less.  He was an accessory to both affairs.

Clothing:  It was breath-taking.  The women were gorgeous and dramatic with their styled hair, fashionable hats, and beaded dresses.  The men were incredibly dashing with their suspendered pants, buttoned vests, and tailored jackets!  I even liked the pink suit!  Click on this link to learn a little more about Prada’s part in the costuming.  By the end of the night I found myself sighing that my hair would never do what Jordan Baker’s did.

Stay tuned to see what my fellow flapper fans have to say about big screen version of
The Great Gatsby.

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2013 in The Great Gatsby

 

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The “Well-Rounded Man”

In October of 2011 we were reading Pride and Prejudice.  During that time we discussed what it meant to be an “accomplished young lady“.  We talked about what it meant in 1813, and we theorized about what it meant for 2011.

Now with our reading of The Great Gatsby, it’s time to ponder what made/makes a “well-rounded man.”

“I was rather literary in college–one year I wrote a series of very solemn and obvious editorials for the “Yale News”–and now I was going to bring back all such things into my life and become again that most limited of all specialists, the “well-rounded man.”–Nick Carraway

Maybe you’ve heard the term “Renaissance Man”: a man who excels in a variety of fields.  He’s in expert in multiple areas.  Perhaps he speaks several languages.  Maybe he is a computer tech by day and a jazz musician by night.  It could be that he mentors teenagers, bakes prize-winning pies, and changes the oil in his car… all while earning his master’s degree in classical education.

Help me form two lists:  One for the roaring 1920s and one for 2013.

What made a “well-rounded man” in Carraway’s and Gatsby’s time?
What makes a “well-rounded man” now?

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2013 in The Great Gatsby

 

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The Roaring Twenties

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Ladies, when you started reading The Great Gatsby, did you put on a flapper dress and pearls?  Maybe you donned a feathered cloche and tassel necklace?  Gentlemen, did you get decked out in your white summer suit?

Let’s talk about what really counts.  Have you become invested in the story?  Are you anxiously waiting to see what will happen to Nick Carraway, the Buchanans, and Mr. Gatsby, himself?

Oh, me too!  This is a short novel, blog friends.  Let’s savor it.

Please share your place in the comments.

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2013 in The Great Gatsby

 

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The Great Gatsby

gatsbyIt’s time to trade one group of New York socialites for another.  Time has passed and we’re now in the Jazz Age.  The Great Gatsby was written in the early 1920s, the perfect timing for Fitzgerald’s setting.  We’re experiencing our own perfect timing with the release of the movie.

What’s Gatsby about?

After the war, the mysterious Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire pursues wealth, riches, and the lady he lost to another man with stoic determination.  When Gatsby finally does reunite with Daisy Buchanan, tragic events are set in motion.
(2010 Collins Classic, back cover)

Come see what all the fuss is about.
Join us as we read  F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic– The Great Gatsby.

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Details:  SWB recommends this Scribner edition and this Penguin Group version.
E-readers can find a kindle version here.

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2013 in The Great Gatsby

 

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