Hooray for F. S. F.

I was delighted to find that F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic “The Great Gatsby” was available for Kindle. I have several printed versions of this novel but my vision has deteriorated to the point that my Kindle DX is the answer because I can make the type as large as necessary.
I make it a habit to re-read this novel every year. It inspires me as it should you, if you are a fiction writer. Although the setting is dated (it was first published in 1929 by Scribners) this is, in my opinion, the absolute finest example of novel-fiction ever written. I have often given the challenge to anyone to substitute ANY word in the text for a better one than Fitzgerald used. Unfortunately for FSG “The Great Gatsby” was not a huge seller when first published. He made his living by writing short stories for the popular magazines of the day. But the fact that this novel, eighty-four years later is STILL a big seller is proof enough of its integrity. So I stand by my assumption – “The Great Gatsby” is the penultimate example of fine fiction. If you can emulate that, my friend, you are an author deserving of the title.
BTW, the Kindle version has the erroneous “orgastic” in its final paragraphs when the original notes from Fitzgerald had the word “orgiastic” which has an entirely different connotation.

About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on Amazon.com, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on http://johnbeckmanbooks.com and available from Amazon.com. . .
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