Between the Lines met for the final time of this Spring term to share ideas and debate opinions of F Scott Fitzgerald's sensational 'The Great Gatsby'.
Some of the topics debated included:
- The role and function of the house in the text.
- Can we trust our narrator?
- Do we feel pity for Gatsby?
Miss Jones also prepared a glamorous recommended menu to accompany the novel, fit for society's most notable celebrities…
The Great Gatsby is set against the backdrop of 1920s New York City, a period known as the “Roaring Twenties”, so time for a roaring menu!
"For our book club delights this week, I recommend some glorious Gatsby delightful dining bites!"
I love this Jamie Oliver recipe as you can make your own blinis, but for those with less time on their hands, the shop bought are just as good.
Those looking to be extra fancy might want to go for caviar, but I’m not sure you I will be able to find that in my Sainsbury’s local…
The 1920s was the era of prohibition. It was illegal to drink alcohol, yet ironically more was drunk than ever before. For delicious drinks, follow the link above for some great suggestions…
All are easy to turn into a mocktail!
As well as discussion around the novel, Between the Liners marveled at Baz Luhrmann's 2013 glitzy adaptation of this much loved novel.
Miss Gammon recommended a collection of short essays examining Fitzgerald's novel, as well as a collection of short stories published by Fitzgerald himself.
"All eighteen short fictions collected here were lost in one sense or another: physically lost, coming to light only recently; lost in the turbulence of Fitzgerald's later life; lost to readers because his editors sometimes did not understand what he was trying to write. These fascinating stories offer a new insight into the arc of Fitzgerald's career…
Each story comes with context about Fitzgerald [which is] so great to get a whole picture. It touches on what Mr Jackson said about Fitzgerald being seen as a failure: a lot of these stories were written just to make ends meet for newspapers and magazines."
A fantastic evening to bring this term's Between the Lines meetings to a brief pause- we will be resuming our fortnightly sessions after the Easter break.