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Smith, Michael F. (Michael Farris), 1970- Book - 2021 Adult Book / Fiction / Historical / Smith, Michael F., Fiction / Smith, Michael 1 On Shelf No requests on this item Community Rating: 3 out of 5

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Call Number: Adult Book / Fiction / Historical / Smith, Michael F., Fiction / Smith, Michael
On Shelf At: Malletts Creek Branch

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"Before Nick Carraway moved to West Egg and into Gatsby’s periphery, he was at the center of a very different story-one taking place along the trenches and deep within the tunnels of World War I. Floundering in the wake of the destruction he witnessed firsthand, Nick delays his return home, hoping to escape the questions he cannot answer about the horrors of war. Instead, he embarks on a transcontinental redemptive journey that takes him from a whirlwind Paris romance--doomed from the very beginning--to the dizzying frenzy of New Orleans, rife with its own flavor of debauchery and violence. An epic portrait of a truly singular era and a sweeping, romantic story of self-discovery, this rich and imaginative novel breathes new life into a character that many know but few have pondered deeply. Charged with enough alcohol, heartbreak, and profound yearning to paralyze even the heartiest of golden age scribes, Nick reveals the man behind the narrator who has captivated readers for decades." --book jacket.
Contents: Great Gatsby.


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Darkness and despair submitted by kkjammers on April 25, 2021, 8:07am Michael Farris Smith dutifully describes the darkness of WWI, PTSD and the tragedy of addiction and debauchery. Halfway through the novel, I realized that my attraction of its being related to The Great Gatsby was misguided, and the connection minimal. Perhaps readers who are fascinated with war stories, PTSD, and addiction would be engaged by the novel; I was disappointed. I felt like the author has a focus on violence and the dark side of humanity that I do not need to visit any more right now, especially in recovery from four years of trump (lower case intentional)+ the covid pandemic. Speaking of style, as a grammar queen, I was bothered by Smith's rambling sentences, joined with "and," and the frequent fragments. Every writer has their voice and technique, of course, and have license to use language as fits their purpose, but Smith's style grated on me; it seemed forced. I certainly wouldn't agree that it was a "sweeping, romantic story of self-discovery" as written on the book jacket.

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New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2021.
Year Published: 2021
Description: 292 p.
Language: English
Format: Book


Fitzgerald, F. Scott 1896-1940.

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