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Wed Mar 2, 2016, 04:56 PM

147. An Amazing Summation Of Christie (Written Thirty-Five Years Ago)

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about a character that was invented nearly one hundred years ago:

The Great Gatsby...is a very great American novel with a considerable bearing...on any story in which social idea...reality, spirit, and money are understood in their relation to each other...

A half century ago...(Gatsby) was already inventing American society although he mistakenly supposed that it existed, and that it was Daisy and Tom Buchanan. What defined his life was not our present-day belief that money buys class, but the far more radical conviction that if money was legitimately come by, it was class, and...(therefore) conferred moral stature. When he died, Gatsby was still seeking not only a means of self-realization but a means of social incarnation as well...

F. Scott Fitzgerald was not afraid of the word "vulgar"...


-- Diana Trilling, Mrs. Harris: The Death Of The Scarsdale Diet Doctor, 1981

Substitute Governor Soprano for Gatsby, Donald Trump for Tom Buchanan, Bruce Springsteen for Daisy Buchanan, and you've got a remake in the making!


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