“No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.”
-F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
There are some books that just stick with you. They crawl inside your soul and hide there. Snippets of dialog will scroll across your mind when they are most desired. They will paint colors inside your mind and create a new world for you. They will show you things that you would see without them. Books (as someone once said) are worlds waiting to be discovered. For me, the "reality" of the written word is much preferred to the reality of everyday. Books will take you on a journey and you will never be the same. A part of you will forever be altered by the labyrinth of the writer's mind.
F. Scott Fitzgerald's journey in 'The Great Gatsby' is one of my favorite examples. On the surface, the novel is a story of one man's all encompassing love for a woman. But other theme's play below. Swimming under the surface is the dark exploration of the American Dream and how commerce and money can ruin people and lives. The Great Gatsby is an endearing portrait of America in the 1920's.
While I am always an advocate for the page instead of the film, I do have to say that I am so excited for this movie! I just saw the new preview for it and I got excited all over again. I love Baz Lutherman. He directed Romeo and Juliet as well as Moulin Rouge. A Baz Lutherman film is defiantly unique and you can tell who made it. His films are also crazy well scored! I am seriously counting the minutes until I can purchase the soundtrack! I can't wait to see Lutherman's interpretation of the this great work. I'll leave you with one of my favorites quotes of all time....
"He knew that when he kissed this girl, and forever wed his unutterable visions to her perishable breath, his mind would never romp again like the mind of God. So he waited, listening for a moment longer to the tuning fork that had been struck upon a star. Then he kissed her. At his lips’ touch she blossomed like a flower and the incarnation was complete.”
Happy Sunday night.