So We Read On. How The Great Gatsby Came to Be and Why it Endures by Maureen Corrigan was a should-read for me (a library book, for one thing), but it was also a book I did want to read. And I only had to read a few pages before being drawn in. In fact, I was a bit surprised by how compellingly readable this book is.
The best part of So We Read On is its examination of the novel itself. Corrigan puts forth several theories/analyses of The Great Gatsby--what makes it a great book and an odd book, why it is a decidedly un-American Great American Novel.
I read Gatsby for the first time not too long ago (almost three years ago- longer than I thought). I liked it quite a bit, but didn’t love it since I had just finished a Balzac novel that impressed me more. Clearly, I didn’t read Gatsby closely enough! Corrigan’s interpretations show the scope and importance of the novel and explain why it does endure. Many of the details she refers to had me thinking: huh, I don’t remember that. All of which make me want to read Gatsby again, which I believe is the point. So, well done!
This is my sixth book completed for the Nonfiction Challenge hosted by The Introverted Reader.