Tuesday, May 21, 2013

My love for 'The Great Gatsby'

I first came to know 'The Great Gatsby' in my sophomore year. It was on the reading list for the world literature class in my university. And now it's been my all time favourite. The impact this work has on me is unexplainable. Sometimes I still find myself in tears when turning the pages. I try to find the reasons but cannot, even when I was in my most contented self, I would tune into the energy of that Jazz age era and got 'depressed'. 

photo belongs to the movie 'The Great Gatsby' 2013

The cup I can think of to match the Jazz Age is this cup by Royal Albert. The gold band at the edge is like the head band the flappers wear. The hot pink is a rather flamboyant color. It's the color of the new money or those rebellious second generation of the old money.

Now back to the book. 
It takes little to get me hooked to this book:

'In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.' --- 'The Great Gatsby'

The opening is simple yet powerful. I got a strong feeling that I must listen to the protagonist for he--Nick Carraway must have something important to say after learning life lessons.

We got to see the old rich Daisy and Tom and their restless lifestyle from Nick's perspective. 

'The had spent a year in France for no particular reason, and then drifted here and there unrestfully wherever people played polo and were rich together.' 

And then Gatsby appeared in a mysterious way:

'Something in his leisurely movements and the secure position of his feet upon the lawn suggested that it was Mr Gatsby himself, come out to determine what share was his of our local heavens.' 

In search of Daisy, Gatsby holds parties often hoping that Daisy would one day stepped into his parties. 

'In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.' 

It is a simple love story, the theme is almost cliche. It's about a man Gatsby who cannot forget his first love--Daisy years after Daisy's marriage, thinking that now he is rich, he can turn back time and changed history, to win Daisy's heart once again. Failing to notice that things change and fate throws them in different circumstances, Gatsby hurt himself at the end and pays a great price. Yes, love is there but the people, the surroundings are different. Daisy is used to the status her husband can give her, not to mention that she has a girl already. Yes, Gatsby can offer her the comfort of life but his wealth also comes not without scandals. 

Story line is simple but prose is very powerfully written.
I finished it in one sitting, I could not wait to see the story unfold, so page after page I read on till the end and by the time I finished it, it's way passed midnight. 

At the height of the story, I found myself crying like a baby. It's a touching story indeed, in reality, how many men can still think about first love/past lover when he has all the wealth and all the girls in the world? How many of us can at least believe in the illusion of love? 

Fate is a funny thing. It takes people, timing, place, a bit of magic to make a relationship work. Reading the book, I truly tuned into the energy of the book and felt things the characters felt, I felt their pain, sorrows, anger and all those that make up a tragedy. 

What if you love and lost and found love again with the same person? Do you start over again or do you let it slip away? If love gives you a second chance, are we brave enough to embrace it once again? Maybe things have changed, but love never will. 

But whatever we do, 'we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.' 

I am joining Tea cup Tuesday with Terri and Martha 


  1. Its a beautiful and elegant cup what a lovely post with a beautiful story, I had a love once, he was younger I was older:) he wanted children which I couldn't have but I would have loved to have them, so we parted as friends, but I will always remember the wonderful memories we made, I believe we only have true love once in a lifetime if we are lucky. I find love now in other things like art, beautiful things, wonderful people especially in blog land there are so many talented people out there sharing and inspiring me to new heights. Thanks for the visit and always putting a big smile on my face when I visit you. Have a wonderful day.

    1. I bet you have a good love story too. Please tell me that we have at least two chances of having great love every lifetime or else I am doomed for when I was in my 20s I met one great love but for some folly or ego of his, he was not able to commit or act on it. Of course life is not all that but I do wish everyone can stay with their love.

  2. A fabulous posting on the Great Gatsby! The book had so much seeming happiness turn to saddness with conflicts between the characters. A sad love story for that era. Your cup and saucer with the lovely pink and elegant gold is a great representation of the 20's. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and I understand your tears!


    1. Thanks for your visit.
      Yes, I guess the cup is in art deco shape.
      I hope not every love story is sad in order for readers to remember.

  3. Beautiful! I love the darling pink tea cup and all you wrote about The Great Gatsby. I saw the 40 year old movie with gorgeous Robert Redford and not to gorgeous Mia Farrow. I also have all the collection of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernerst Hemingway books. Can't wait to see the new version on the GG. Lovely post.

    1. I saw the Robert Redford version too. I guess I like the older version as it's faithful to the original book. I saw the trailer of the new Version, the visual effect is good but lack emotion. Yes, i have almost all the books of Fitzgerald. He really put emotions and everything of his into his writings.

  4. Hello Felicity,
    Your post is wonderful! I totally enjoyed it. What a beautiful tea cup! The strong pink and playful yet elegant gold trim works perfectly to compliment the era of the Great Gatsby.

  5. I think this cup matches the jazz age really well, what a great shade of pink!
    (And you know something? You're not the only one who gets tears to her eyes when re-reading the book.)

  6. Beautiful story, loveing your elegant tea cup. i love the pink and gold, just lovely.

  7. That post was very intesting and touching and the teacup is so delicate.

  8. Hi Felicity,
    I don't know how or why I skipped this interesting post of yours inspired by "The Great Gatsby". It's one of my favourites in American Literature, together with Steinbeck's "The Pearl" and Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea".
    It's really a touching love story against the background of the "roaring twenties".
    And your cup is beautiful and elegant, very fit for that environment and atmosphere...

  9. I hope you are well Felicity. Thank you for visiting my blog and saying Hello. I hope you are having a good spring.