Continuing The Great Gatsby theme from Monday, we’re taking a look at what writers can learn about craft from successful novels. In the following essay in The Huffington Post by Andromeda Romano-Lax. If you know of other breakdowns of craft within well-known novels, please post it into the comments and I’ll add it below.
I’ve been reading and re-reading Gatsby a lot this year, and finding more novelist’s nutrition in it as a 40-something than I ever found as a high school freshman. A swift read and half the length of most novels today, Gatsby rewards the aspiring novelist looking less for obvious symbols and themes — the prey of the analytical assignment-conscious readerr — than for things like macrostructure and revision, the quarry of the craft-conscious writer.~Andromeda Romano-Lax