I feel a bit of a fraud writing today’s anniversary post for F Scott Fitzgerald, born today in 1896.
That’s because Mr. Martin (Head of English!) has an almost legendary love for the novel The Great Gatsby (1925), whilst to my shame I have only heard it as an audio book, not read it. I wonder, does that make a difference?
Personally, I found it interesting, and despite not really empathising with the characters, moving at the end. It’s beautifully written and evocative of a time and place in a way that few novels are. It also examines ‘the American Dream’ in a way which I’ve not really found outside of John Steinbeck‘s Of Mice and Men. I’ve found a quotation to include on the post which I liked – go and ask Mr. Martin what HIS favourite one is …
In other news, Year 7 students might be interested to know that Ian Serraillier was born today in 1912. You may have read some of his books at primary school, like I did. Some of you will be studying his novel, The Silver Sword (1956) later in the school year. In the meantime, you can have a look at Evie McMullan’s wonderful storyboard for an idea of how the novel opens.