|Creepy eyes. I get it--I think--but I|
don't like it.
And so I bought it. And so it sat on my shelf for years. Despite my grand intentions of developing my audio-book skills, the reality is that I'm very rarely alone for any substantial amount of time. I've homeschooled at least some of my kiddos for the past four years--and those little people can talk. But a small miracle occurred this week: I was in the car by myself for a whole 7 hours or so while we drove from Southern California to Northern California. Understand that this is a good thing: an island of bliss amid an ever-present sea of conversation.
|Now that's a cover I can love.|
Can't you hear the jazz?
It was brilliant. This book that I always thought had no point said so much. This book that I was convinced lacked hope had wisdom mixed in with the heartbreak. The writing was beautiful (though not so sure about that chapter-length list of names) and Robbins was a great narrator (for the most part--the girls' voices were a little odd, but the men's voices had so much character that overall it was wonderful). There were parts that I wished I could stop and re-read and ponder, but it's hard to do that when you're driving and listening. :)
I hadn't planned on getting to this book this year, but am glad the opportunity arose. (I'm totally using it as one of my Back to the Classics Challenge books too!) Have you read (or reread) Gatsby? Did you like it? And what about those covers? I'm on the hunt now for a nice print copy of this book. Nice cover is a must. When I get back to SoCal I'm heading over to my local bookshop: Gatsby Books. They're bound to have a copy or two, right?