Monday, May 6, 2013

A Visit to East Egg

Cannot wait to see The Great Gatsby on the big screen this week! 
The Party - Jay and Daisy (images from The Great Gatsby, Warner Bros)

In anticipation, I decided to spend some quality time with F. Scott Fitzgerald this weekend by re-reading the  story before seeing the movie. Tom poured me a lovely glass of 2010 Ladera Cabernet and I began reading this American classic on Saturday night on my deck.  Highly recommend!   F. Scott Fitzgerald makes every single word in this story full of meaning and count for something on the pages of this short novel published in 1925.

The words  (lyrics) are still reverberating in my brain on Monday morning.  This particular passage on page 6, just grabbed my imagination and senses!  Can't you just see the sun setting into the bay, showering golden magical light across manicured, lushly scented gardens as Nick drove up to Tom and Daisy's house?

"And so it happened that on a warm windy evening I drove over to East Egg to see two old friends whom I scarcely knew at all.  Their house was even more elaborate than I expected, a cheerful red-and-white Georgian Colonial mansion, overlooking the bay. The lawn started at the beach and ran toward the front door for a quarter of a mile, jumping over sun-dials and brick walks and burning gardens - finally when it reached the house drifting up the side in bright vines as though from the momentum of its run.  The front was broken by a line of French windows, glowing now with reflected gold and wide open to the warm windy afternoon, and Tom Buchanan in riding clothes was standing with his legs apart on the front porch."

East Egg From The Great Gatsby Movie - image from Warner Bros.

See you at the Movies!

1 comment:

sealaura said...

I've been looking forward to seeing this for sooooooo long! I am so excited. I too decided to reread the novel before this weekend and it is so magical. East Egg here I come!

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