Posted in Classic, Rated D

The Great Gatsby

This book is rated D
I originally wrote this post back in 2007. When my blog crashed, I lost it, so I’m reposting it now.

Did you realize that The Great Gasby was on the Banned Book List? Why was it banned? Probably the adultery.
The narrator of the tale is Nick Carraway who is a bond trader that has moved to New York. He lives next door to Jay Gatsby who is a wealthy man who throws large parties. The purpose of the parties was to attract the attention of his old sweetheart, Daisy Buchanan who is also a friend of Nick. Daisy and Jay were sweethearts before Jay fought in WWI. She got tired of waiting for him and married Tom Buchanan, who is not a faithful husband. There is a great deal of mystery around Jay because no one knows how he made his wealth. Many predict he was a bootlegger.
Eventually Jay and Daisy begin an affair with the help of Nick. In the final scene of the book, Tom confronts the pair on their relationship and Jay gets Daisy to admit to her husband that she never loved him. Tom tells Jay to drive Daisy home immediately while Tom, Nick, an a friend take their time. The three come across a scene of an accident. Tom’s mistress was killed. The mistress’ husband believes that Tom killed his wife. Tom however realizes that earlier that day he had borrowed Jay’s car which the husband saw him driving.
As it turns out, Daisy drove Jay’s car home. She was so distraught that she lost control of the car when the woman ran into the rode. As it turned out the woman ran to the car think that Tom would be driving. The woman’s husband eventually went to Tom’s house and forced him to tell him the owner of the car. The husband killed Jay Gatsby.
Amazingly enough, only three people attend Gatsby’s funeral. Which is pretty pathetic considering the amount of people that showed up at the parties.
This is the first book by Fitzgerald that was palatable. This Side of Paradise nearly killed me and The Beautiful and Damned- I didn’t get passed page 33. It was short and sweet. I don’t like work from this time period (Jazz Age) because it is just so empty!!! But I think it probably reflects the emptiness felt after WWI.
But, I’ve got a funny story for you. A few weeks ago my sister decided that she was going to read this book. She didn’t get very far. She told me later on that evening that she thought The Great Gatsby was going to be about a magician. She was quite disappointed and put the book down. I laughed. She has a point. The title of the book is quite deceiving.

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The Rivers Run Dry

Raleigh Harmon is a Special Agent with the FBI- she’s a forensic geologist. Because she didn’t play by the rules at her last job, she ends up being transferred from Richmond to Seattle. She’s one of few agents, and her fellow agents like treating her like a go-for.
But she gets to prove herself, when a local rich girl, Courtney VanAlstyne goes missing. Then a ransom note appears. Raleigh is determined to find this young woman no matter what and find the person who kidnapped her.
I know. That was a really short review. But as it is a mystery, I don’t want to spoil the ending. I mean that’s the fun of mysteries. I really enjoyed this book. Raleigh isn’t the stereotypical female agent. She has a heart for people. This is clearly seen from the lengths that she went to help Felicia a prostitute and alcoholic. What I thought was particularly interesting is that Raleigh has never told her mother that she is an FBI agent. I’ve heard of protecting people you love, but I think that is going overboard.
I did think that the story was unique. In this day and age of CSI and attendant wanna-be-CSI it is difficult to find a different forensic story. I liked the fact that the science was all about rocks and soil composition. I enjoyed the detail that was given about mining in that area.
So if you are looking for a good, relatively clean forensic story, you might want to try this one.

Sibella Giorello began her writing career as a journalist. Her stories have won awards, including two nominations for the Pulitzer. Her novel The Stones Cry Out won a Christy Award. She lives in Washington state with her husband and family.

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