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Gatsby's Girl de Caroline Preston
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Gatsby's Girl (edició 2006)

de Caroline Preston (Autor)

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Just as Jay Gatsby was haunted by Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fizgerald was haunted by his own great first love -- a Chicago socialite named Ginevra. Alluring, capricious, and ultimately unavailable, she would become his first muse, the inspiration for such timeless characters as Gatsby's Daisy and Isabelle Borge in This Side of Paradise. Caroline Preston's astute perceptions of her characters and the cultural landscapes they inhabit have earned her work comparisons to to that of Anne Tyler, Alison Lurie, and Diane Johnson. Now, in this richly imagined and ambitious novel, Preston deftly evokes the entire sweep of Ginevra's life -- from her first meeting with Scott to the second act of her sometimes charmed, sometimes troubled life. Ginevra was sixteen, a rich man's daughter who had been told she was pretty far too often for her own good. Scott was nineteen, a poor boy full of ambition. They met at a country club dance in St. Paul, Minnesota, in January 1916. For almost a year they wrote each other letters -- so long, breathless, and yearning that they often required more than one envelope. But despite their intense epistolary romance, the relationship wouldn't last. After throwing him over with what he deemed "supreme boredom and indifference," she impulsively married a handsome aviator from the right society background. Ruminating over what might have been had she picked the writer instead of the flier, she furtively reads the now famous Fitzgerald's work. When she sees herself -- much to her surprise -- in his characters, it's not just as the spoiled debutante he'd known; he's also uncannily predicted the woman she's become, cracks and all. An affecting story of two people, one famous, one known only through her portrayals in enduring works of fiction, Gatsby's Girl is a tremendously entertaining and moving novel about the powerful forces of first love, memory, and art.… (més)
Membre:Jazzybabs
Títol:Gatsby's Girl
Autors:Caroline Preston (Autor)
Informació:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2006), Edition: 1st, 256 pages
Col·leccions:Llegit, però no el tinc
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Ok book. Very frivolous character but good story. ( )
  Alphawoman | Feb 13, 2015 |
A fairly well-written novel about the "what-ifs" of our youth, and specifically of "Scott" Fitzgerald's first love. Ginerva is a thoroughly unlikeable character and historical personage, so I do not and still do not understand her pride at being showcased in Fitzgerald's novels (as unlikeable women). However, it was a very entertaining read and one I would probably read again. ( )
  amandacb | Jul 1, 2013 |
Rating: B+. Read my full review at my blog, http://literaturecrazy.blogspot.com/2008/10/book-review-gatsbys-girl.html. ( )
  heathernkemp | Oct 31, 2008 |
Ginevra King was a rich young girl from Chicago who stole the heart of F. Scott Fitzgerald. It doesn't take long before she is head over heals in love with another and dumps poor Scott. This is a story basically about Ginevra life after Scott. Very interesting story. ( )
  KathyWoodall | May 29, 2007 |
In this fictionalized version of what the romance between F. Scott Fitzgerald and his first love might have been like, the author imagines the life of the woman whose characteristics inspired some individuals in Fitzgerald’s works. Although portions of this life story are based in reality, the author uses her imagination to fill in the gaps that exist in the romance.

I liked this book a lot. I’m no huge Fitzgerald fan, so I didn’t have much knowledge of his real life to compare with the book’s information, but it was a nice, quick read. The story was cute, interesting, quasi historical. What’s not to like?
  libmhleigh | Jun 1, 2006 |
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Just as Jay Gatsby was haunted by Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fizgerald was haunted by his own great first love -- a Chicago socialite named Ginevra. Alluring, capricious, and ultimately unavailable, she would become his first muse, the inspiration for such timeless characters as Gatsby's Daisy and Isabelle Borge in This Side of Paradise. Caroline Preston's astute perceptions of her characters and the cultural landscapes they inhabit have earned her work comparisons to to that of Anne Tyler, Alison Lurie, and Diane Johnson. Now, in this richly imagined and ambitious novel, Preston deftly evokes the entire sweep of Ginevra's life -- from her first meeting with Scott to the second act of her sometimes charmed, sometimes troubled life. Ginevra was sixteen, a rich man's daughter who had been told she was pretty far too often for her own good. Scott was nineteen, a poor boy full of ambition. They met at a country club dance in St. Paul, Minnesota, in January 1916. For almost a year they wrote each other letters -- so long, breathless, and yearning that they often required more than one envelope. But despite their intense epistolary romance, the relationship wouldn't last. After throwing him over with what he deemed "supreme boredom and indifference," she impulsively married a handsome aviator from the right society background. Ruminating over what might have been had she picked the writer instead of the flier, she furtively reads the now famous Fitzgerald's work. When she sees herself -- much to her surprise -- in his characters, it's not just as the spoiled debutante he'd known; he's also uncannily predicted the woman she's become, cracks and all. An affecting story of two people, one famous, one known only through her portrayals in enduring works of fiction, Gatsby's Girl is a tremendously entertaining and moving novel about the powerful forces of first love, memory, and art.

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