GRAPHIC NOVELS

The Great Gatsby: The Graphic Novel

Scribner. Jun. 2020. 208p. ISBN 9781982144524. $30; pap. ISBN 9781982144548. $20. Rated: Teen+. LIT
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Seeking a fresh start after returning home from the trenches of World War I, Nick Carraway moves to West Egg, NY. His cousin Daisy and her husband, Tom, introduce him to the life of luxury enjoyed by the lavishly wealthy. But their lifestyle pales in comparison to that of Nick’s neighbor, Jay Gatsby, who routinely throws raucous parties on the grounds of his enormous gothic mansion. Nick is intrigued when Gatsby seems interested in becoming his friend but soon discovers that Gatsby is using him to get closer to his cousin—for Daisy is Gatsby’s singular obsession, and the inspiration for the elaborate mythology he’s constructed around himself.
VERDICT Fordham (To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel) retains much of Fitzgerald’s singular prose, which Morton (His Dream of the Skyland) illustrates with an eye toward period detail and restraint that blossoms into expressive tableaus of vivid color at key moments. Here, Fitzgerald’s incisive exposé of the shallow excesses of the elite feels startlingly fresh nearly 100 years after its original publication.

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