Book 20- Careless People
20. Careless People, by Sarah Churchwell. Any fans of F. Scott Fitzgerald, of The Great Gatsby, or the Jazz Age in general should read this. For those wishing to delve deeper into that glittering age, this is an excellent place to start. Churchwell takes readers from when Fitzgerald starts thinking about the novel to the tragic death of his wife Zelda. The book is interspersed with relevant sections of The Great Gatsby, and highlights the events and people that inspired the action and characters in the book. My one nit is the emphasis on the jacket cover of the Hall-Mills murders as being a big inspiration for the book. That double murder, which remains unsolved to this day, may have indirectly influenced one or two aspects of the novel, but it's a stretch to say there are any strong ties between the two. While I'm not a big fan of Gatsby, I can appreciate it a little more now; I wish I would have read this first before reading the novel a second time a couple years ago. Churchwell draws from a plethora of letters and notes to bring the narrative to life.
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