I remember after I read A Farewell to Arms and felt such sadness for Frederic Henry and all he’d been through. It was after reading that book only six years ago, yes I’m behind in my classics, but I’m getting caught up, gradually, that I learned what real writing was about. Sure, I’ve read a lot of books, but reading Hemingway changed what I thought about writing and how I wrote.
In reading Gatsby I found a writer that wrote in a way that is passionate, poetic and oftentimes symbolic.
My writing is frantic, poetic and symbolic. The first one of these is because I’m in such a rush to get the words out that I don’t focus enough on what the words say to the reader. Fitzgerald focused on these things, at least in my eyes.
He took things from his life and incorporated them into his writing, this is clear in a lot of his later work that was published in the Saturday Evening Post. They reflect his struggles with his wife and her problems as well as his life.
My writing is taken directly from my childhood as well as my adolescent years. These stories are ones I wish to write, but have had trouble with the actual writing. The reasons for these are the personal attachment I have for the writing, as well as the characters.
As I’ve read more about Fitzgerald in the past week, I’ve discovered a writer I can emulate, but hope to achieve the talent of, I can dream, right?
Gatsby was a book that I’d intended to read for a long time. More because of his relationship with Hemingway, who is one of my writing idols, than anything else.
I feel the book is something I can aspire to. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style, and I can’t wait to read another Fitzgerald book, possibly This Side of Paradise, which was his first book.
What are your thoughts on Fitzgerald and his writing, or The Great Gatsby? Answer in the comments.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald Envisions The Great Gatsby (silverbirchpress.wordpress.com)
- ‘A Farewell to Arms’ With Hemingway’s Alternate Endings (nytimes.com)