On April 10th, 1925 F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby was published, and whenever I hear anyone say that they are going to “write The Great American Novel,” I am pretty sure that this is the book that is swimming in everyone’s head. I know it is the first one I think of, and I am not alone. When the movie was coming out with Leonardo DiCaprio, I celebrated this anniversary of the novel by becoming completely obsessed with the May premiere of the big Baz Luhrmann film version, and I began a big one-month countdown to the opening. I wasn’t sure if I could wait that long, but if Jay Gatsby could wait five years to see Daisy Fay Buchanan again, then I guessed I could wait one month for this film. Guess what? I survived.
But whether you loved or hated the Leo movie, the Redford version, or the play version that was performed in Galveston last month at The Grand, here are ten great things about The Great Gatsby (the book, that is) that will remind you of why it is just so, well, great.
1. Best Opening Lines in a Novel: “In my younger and more vulnerable years, my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in the world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”
This is great because you can also use this on your own kids, even if it isn’t really true.