Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby

Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby

by Sarah Churchwell
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Careless People : Murder, Mayhem and the Invention of The Great Gatsby 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A different look at the Fitzgeralds. Well written. A thoughtful book about the 1920s and the "flapper" era. Recommended. A+++++++
jmgallen More than 1 year ago
“Careless People” is a well woven interplay of the 1920s lives of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald and the world of “The Great Gatsby”. Throughout the book author Sarah Churchwell draws on real life events and models to shed light on their reflections in the classic novel. This book presents a lifestyle alien to most readers, the seemingly endless round of drunken parties, serial affairs and artistic interactions that formed the incubators from which the literature of the inter-war era emerged. Through these pages we meet other literati, such as Ring Lardner and Ernest Hemingway, who had their own peccadillos. “Careless People”, like “Gatsby” is tragedy. Lives of great promise and achievement are squandered in vacuous pursuits, leaving only broken bodies and spirits to pass, little mourned and soon forgotten, for a time. In the end the reemergence of “Gatsby” and posthumous appreciation of Fitzgerald came as times changed and they were viewed from new perspectives. My impressions of this book are mixed. As readers of my reviews will note, I am a much more intense student of history than literary criticism. “Careless People” has history, displaying the irresponsible life of the era between the Great War and The Great Depression. The literary criticism brought back memories of junior English class in which we, like Churchwell, contemplated the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. This tome and whetted my appetite for more. My interest in taking another at “Gatsby” and reading another book about it have been increased. That alone makes “Careless People” a worthwhile read.
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Look around for their mentors
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Came in
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Yebcnsjsjdn this is a stupid book!