Careless People by Sarah Churchwell

Careless People
Careless People
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Recommended by Phil Weir

So, the recent Luhrman/Di Caprio big-screen treatment of The Great Gatsby led you to read the source material, the fascinating and intriguing 1925 novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald on which it was based. And you’ve now got a thirst of Prohibition Era proportions to learn more about the real-life New York circles Fitz moved in. Well, there’s only one thing for it. Go knock on a bookstore door and ask for Churchwell. This handsomely-attired, beautifully-illustrated book is desperate to be knocked back in a oner. Subtitled Murder, Mayhem And The Invention of The Great Gatsby, Churchwell concentrates mainly on 1922, the year in which Fitzgerald set his book, and the pages teem with the rich and famous, with flappers and gangsters, with the drunk and even drunker, and hops from speakeasy to cocktail party to full-blown days-long Long Island mansion-house blow-out. You can almost hear glasses chink as you turn the pages. So, if you’re intoxicated with all things Gatsby and want more. Great Scott! This book, Fitz your requirements.