Scott Donaldson talks Gatsby on ABC Radio
Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby suggests this story is as much a tale for our own times as it was for readers who first encountered the book in 1925. Fitzgerald packed a surprising amount into his short novel, capturing the ugly excesses of the rich, female oppression, and moral decay in 1920s America. A timeless parable of the American Dream and its often devastating consequences? Narrated by Nick Carraway, the novel takes us into the lives of the extravagantly wealthy Long Island couple Daisy and Tom, and that of Jay Gatsby, enigmatic host of legendary parties and Daisy’s former flame.