RARA-AVIS: GATSBY as the PI novel

From: James R. Winter ( winter_writes@earthlink.net)
Date: 30 Nov 2004

Actually, I'd never read about MacDonald's views on GATSBY, beyond that it was his favorite novel. I know BLACK MONEY was a retelling of GATSBY.

But here's a thought about GATSBY that makes me wonder if it originated with MacDonald. A few years ago, a professor wrote a paper suggesting that Jay Gatsby was trying to pass as a white man. The plot of BLACK MONEY almost suggests that MacDonald had picked up on the idea 30 years earlier. I wished I'd read GATSBY before I'd heard that, because it was in the back of my mind when I finally did, both from that article and BLACK MONEY. Still, it's an intriguing debate, and there's nothing in GATSBY to suggest it wasn't possible.

Jim Winter

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