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Our Greenhorn Valley Library Book Club will start off the new year reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” It was published in 1925 and takes place on prosperous Long Island, New York, in the summer of 1922.

Some say the Gatsby character is based on a real-life bootlegger named Max Gerlach who was a friend of the author. Today the book is considered to be a literary classic and a contender for the elusive designation of “The Great American Novel.” The story reflects the decadence and corruption engulfing America in the 1920’s that ended with the Great Depression.

Fitzgerald’s art imitated his life. He authored four novels and many short stories during his literary career. Many writers are said to re-read Gatsby often as a ritual of imaginative renewal.

The Great Gatsby contains numerous nuggets of wisdom as are evident in the following quotes: “Can’t repeat the past? Why of course you can!” “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy – they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money and let other people clean up the mess they made.” “Let us learn to show our friendship to a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.”

The Great Gatsby is a stirring critique of how the American Dream can go wrong and what happens when it does.

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