The Great Gatsby

For generations of young (especially Ivy League) Americans, Gatsby and the whole Fitzgerald myth has had the same destructive effect as Brideshead on a certain type of English youth. Nearly all countries have some national variant of this: novels that slipped their moorings and epitomised a certain aspiration. Read in the right — or rather the wrong — way they may be the epitome of style. But how strange it is that so many books that should be read as a warning get read as a yearning. Gatsbyinvites us to wallow. Doubtless in the coming weeks we will again. But we ought not to‘.

The not so great Gatsby‘ by Douglas Murray for The Spectator