THE GREAT GATSBY, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • June 26, 2013 · 7:30 PM
  • Panera Bread

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  • James R. H.

    A lively and absorbing discussion of a great book took place at Panera(r) last night. What's that? Was it raining? I've no idea. No idea at all.

    June 27, 2013

  • Diane S.

    Sorry. I have to cancel for tonight. Stuck on a disabled express bus and waiting for rescue. Sorry again. Really wanted to discuss The Great Gatsby.

    June 26, 2013

  • Stephanie C

    Disappointed that I have to change my RSVP, but I have to work late tomorrow :/
    Was looking forward to discussing this great book. Another time.

    June 25, 2013

  • Marie

    Enjoying Inferno immensely. Typical to Dan Brown's style, there is so much interesting information infused in his story line!!

    June 19, 2013

  • James R. H.

    Looking forward big time to the discussion. Gatsby is rich in many ways. Yes, I know that's ambiguous -- I'm thinking primarily about the many points of interest in the book. And each of us bring our own experiences to it. See y'all there.

    June 14, 2013

  • James R. H.

    One book ahead of TGG lies Inferno. I confess to sneaking it from beside my Lady's chair and starting to read it. Woot! It starts out on a dead run ... and then speeds up. I don't think its 461 pages will turn slowly.

    May 31, 2013

  • Lorraine R.

    My sister-law Mary will be attending also

    June 5, 2013

  • Marie

    Do you mean a specific style?

    May 20, 2013

    • James R. H.

      I was thinking more along the lines of the particular sound of a human voice -- that which, for example, sets yours apart from mine. Then add in accents and you've got it. If that equates with your understanding of 'style', then yes. I've always pictured style as something rather easier to pigeonhole: third person narrative, etc.

      May 21, 2013

    • James R. H.

      Addendum: You know when you've run into a good question when it makes you stop and think. Your style question was one.

      Style suggests, as a connotation, genre. It implies multiplicity. Voice, on the other hand, [excluding such divisions as soprano,] implies unique-ness. Individuality. Medawar-ality. One-of-a-kind-ism. It was that indefinable quality I was thinking of. The characteristic which allows us to hear a piece of music for the first time and know, beyond doubt, that it was written by, say, Rachmaninoff. Or Vaughan Williams, for that matter.

      Hope this helps.

      Jim * Sir Medawar. The Uniqueness of the Individual.

      May 21, 2013

  • James R. H.

    The Great Gatsby and Breakfast at Tiffany's are both quite small books [in terms of pages] compared to the average novels of today. Each, though, has a 'flavor' -- an accent, if you wish -- in their words and sentences. In the 'sound' of the writer's 'voice'.

    Open question: Have you run across an example of a writer with a specific 'voice' in recent books you've read?

    May 20, 2013

  • michelle c.

    one of Fitzgerald's greatest

    May 10, 2013

  • James R. H.

    A book well worth re-visiting. That in itself places it in a special category.

    Open question: Of the books you've read over the years, have you any nominees for the 'Read Again' bookshelf?

    May 8, 2013

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