a great sportswoman

p. 76:

‘Miss Baker’s a great sportswoman, you know, and she’d never do anything that wasn’t all right.’

Of the six romantically involved characters – Gatsby, Daisy, Tom, Myrtle, Nick and Jordan – I’ve always found Jordan the most attractive. Not the most alluring, that would be Daisy. Gatsby, Tom and Nick were too dangerous, stupid and boring in turn. Myrtle had earthy sensuality, but that was about all.

All of these characters are living a lie, each of a different sort, and a couple of those lies will be fatal. But Jordan will emerge almost completely unscathed from this story of betrayal and death. She wears her dishonesty lightly and openly, a casually careless driver in a world of cautious motorists. In a sense, she’s more authentic than her summer friends – she knows who she is, she knows she’s a liar, she doesn’t get lost in the mazes of self-deception that surround the others. She’d never do anything that wasn’t all right … for her.

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2 thoughts on “a great sportswoman

    • I generally like Baz Luhrmann’s work – it’s usually a bit over the top with fevered romanticism, but I think this story needs that kind of treatment. That’s better than the boring period piece of the 1974 film version. If he does the same thing he did with Romeo + Juliet, I’d be pretty pleased. The Great Gatsby is usually interpreted as about money, class, crime and America – but it’s also about doomed, misguided love, and Luhrmann is very good at that kind of story.

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