Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of the Great Gatsby by Sarah Churchwell (Amazon link here) really opened my eyes about the social climate in and around New York during the 1920's.
|Careless People by Sarah Churchwell. Published by Penguin Press HC 2014.|
I've read The Great Gatsby four or five times before (I love the book), but after soaking in the rich details and history in Careless People, I had to read Fitzgerald's book again. My fresh perspective helped me gain insight I'd previously overlooked.
Ms. Churchwell showed me 1922 through Fitzgerald's eyes. How old money differed from new money. How murders were sensationalized, covered up, and not handled professionally by the police.
The Great Gatsby could be set today and still make complete sense.
If you're interested in the twenties, New York, or Fitzgerald, read Careless People. It's excellent!
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