I have started The Great Gatsby!! All it took was a five-hour business trip and a hotel night with no interruptions. I may even get another chapter read on my second hotel night!
I love it already. So many perfectly placed punctuation marks!!!!
All post-Ulysses kidding aside, I was immediately drawn into the story through Fitzgerald’s rich, descriptive language and have been marking so many favorite passages that the whole book will be marked soon. Here are just a few:
“Reserving judgments is a matter of infinite hope”.
“Conduct may be founded on the hard rock or the wet marshes, but after a certain point I don’t care what it’s founded on”.
“There was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life”.
“It was the kind of voice that the ear follow up and down, as if each speech is an arrangement of notes that will never be played again”.
I don’t want to go too much further as I don’t know where everyone is at in their reading, although a know a number who are finished or close to it, so I probably don’t need to worry.
Keep reading! H
Note – I always attributed the “Well Begun is Half Done” quote to Mary Poppins, but found out recently that it’s either Aristotle, Plato, Horace or a proverb that they all quoted. I haven’t found a definitive answer on that one yet.