The Negro Gatsby


With all the hype around the new film starring Leo DiCaprio, I went to the archives and dug up the original version of the great gatsby (1974). Note i havent seen this new version but the old one was magnificent in every detail. There was no special effects or fake set ups, just pure old school glory. It had me so inspired to create my look based on the times. Suspenders, Bowties and Bolar Hats were basics that had to be included.


The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan.


Fitzgerald, inspired by the parties he had attended while visiting Long Island’s north shore, began planning the novel in 1923 desiring to produce something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned. I for one loved all the dress styles and heart pumping dance moves. For a lack of better words, Americans knew how to have a good time.


First published by Scribner’s in April 1925, The Great Gatsby received mixed reviews and sold poorly; in its first year, the book only sold 20,000 copies. Fitzgerald died in 1940, believing himself to be a failure and his work forgotten. His work, spearheaded by The Great Gatsby, experienced a revival during World War II, and the novel became a part of high school curriculum in the following decades.


I mean i read it growing up in Nigeria, i cant imagine why it did so badly while he was alive. The book has remained popular since, leading to numerous stage and film adaptations. The Great Gatsby is widely considered to be a literary classic and a contender for the title “Great American Novel”. The book is consistently ranked among the greatest works of American literature.


This Great Gatsby Movie received mixed to negative reviews. The film was praised for its interpretation and staying true to the novel, but was criticized for lacking any true emotion or feelings towards the Jazz Age. I have to agree on that one, there wasnt enough action and fast paced scritping but based on the bits i have of the new movie there will be alot more to keep you at the edge of your feet.


On a final note, Comparison is the thief of joy. Don’t live your life looking at what others have. Everyone’s path in life is different. The attention to details is the main focus, so bring a pen, take notes and leave a comment.