“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter–tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning—-”
“…’intermediate level’ readers of the Macmillan Reader edition of the novel, as ‘retold by Margaret Tarner.'”:
“Gatsby had believed in his dream. He had followed it and nearly made it come true.
“Everybody has a dream. And, like Gatsby, we must all follow our dream wherever it takes us.
“Some unpleasant people became part of Gatsby’s dream. But he cannot be blamed for that. Gatsby was a success, in the end, wasn’t he?”
“The first is: There is no purpose in ‘reading’ The Great Gatsby unless you actually read it. Fitzgerald’s novel is not about a story. It is about how the story is told. Its poetry, its message, its evocation of Gatsby’s lost American dream, is expressed in Fitzgerald’s style–in the precise words he choose to write what some consider the great American novel. Unless you have read them, you have not read the book at all. You have been imprisoned in an educational system that cheats and insults you by inflicting a barbaric dumbing-down process. You are left with the impression of having read a book, and may never feel you need return for a closer look.”
Gatsby without greatness, by Roger Ebert, Suntimes.com, July 6, 2001
Wow, are they nuts at Macmillan? Intermediate readers should wait for the real thing. Gah.