“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.”-Margaret Fuller.
The mortarboard and robe have been returned , the sense of completing an immense life milestone is still settling in. An avid reader all my life I have acquired throughout my short years a vast amount of books from all parts of the world and discussing different parts of life, love and the pursuit of happiness in all regards. Not to long ago it was suggested that I take my passion for literature to writing reviews about the books I read and then even furthered that I begin a site dedicated to sharing the reviews of those pieces of art to others, a kind of highbred between a columnist and a book reviewer type of scenario. So as I read the classics of yesteryear and the soon to be classics that are being published now, I encourage you to take some time open a book and relax from the stresses of the day whether you are out making the world a better place one person at a time, inspiring others to be leaders, making people laugh, lending your ear to be a soundboard to someone , or just smiling for the sake of showing your inner beauty, pick up a book and let your mind wonder and hopefully some of these reviews will lead you to explore/experience other facets of the world or life that never crossed your mind before.
“Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.”
March 29th, 2012
Picturesque background, ball gowns, liquor bottles strewn across the floor, men in uniform, crushing socialites and socialists, add together and stir with a the historical truth of the May Day Riots of 1919 and in about 100 pages you have the novella penned by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This novella is a thematic mash up of stagnation of a nation and a polarized society that precedes the “Jazz Age” of the 1920s, where decadence and opulence ran the country. Mingling the storylines of the principle players as Fitzgerald does through vigilantly choreographed prose, the story is given life. Memory is treated as a central character cautioning the audience not to forget the reasons why the events in the story unfold in the manner that they do. Edith and Gordon are the lay man and woman that can be identified by a vast populous of people, thus the basis for the appeal to read this novella. A clear narrative tone and a surprise ending, this is a must read for any Fitzgerald fan or someone just looking for a poignant read depicting a historical hiccup in the timeline of humanity.