The grave of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fit...

The grave of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Fitzgerald in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Rockville, Maryland. The quote is the final line of The Great Gatsby. French : «Car c’est ainsi que nous allons, barques luttant contre un courant qui nous ramène sans cesse vers le passé.» (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As tepid reviews of the new film come crawling in, Andrew Sullivan rounds up some critics of the novel.

I’m the camp of people who think Gatsby (the novel) is brilliant.  Am I an unwitting misogynist?  I will say that Fitzgerald’s admission “I gave no account (and had no feeling about or knowledge of) the emotional relations between Gatsby and Daisy” makes sense to me as a writer.  As readers, we all have feelings about those emotional relations, but I do believe it’s very possible to view such integral characters through a glass, darkly.  For them to be fully realized, and not ever-receding expressions of one’s self, they almost have to be shrouded and respected as hard-to-know people.  These two people are perhaps uncommonly unknowable, even to their maker.  And that, of course, is the point.

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