Gatsby's Girl

Gatsby s Girl Just as Jay Gatsby was haunted by Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby F Scott Fizgerald was haunted by his own great first love a Chicago socialite named Ginevra Alluring capricious and ultimately u

  • Title: Gatsby's Girl
  • Author: Caroline Preston
  • ISBN: 9780618537259
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Just as Jay Gatsby was haunted by Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fizgerald was haunted by his own great first love a Chicago socialite named Ginevra Alluring, capricious, and ultimately unavailable, she would become his first muse, the inspiration for such timeless characters as Gatsby s Daisy and Isabelle Borge in This Side of Paradise.Caroline Preston sJust as Jay Gatsby was haunted by Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fizgerald was haunted by his own great first love a Chicago socialite named Ginevra Alluring, capricious, and ultimately unavailable, she would become his first muse, the inspiration for such timeless characters as Gatsby s Daisy and Isabelle Borge in This Side of Paradise.Caroline Preston s astute perceptions of her characters and the cultural landscapes they inhabit have earned her work comparisons to to that of Anne Tyler, Alison Lurie, and Diane Johnson Now, in this richly imagined and ambitious novel, Preston deftly evokes the entire sweep of Ginevra s life from her first meeting with Scott to the second act of her sometimes charmed, sometimes troubled life Ginevra was sixteen, a rich man s daughter who had been told she was pretty far too often for her own good Scott was nineteen, a poor boy full of ambition They met at a country club dance in St Paul, Minnesota, in January 1916 For almost a year they wrote each other letters so long, breathless, and yearning that they often required than one envelope.But despite their intense epistolary romance, the relationship wouldn t last After throwing him over with what he deemed supreme boredom and indifference, she impulsively married a handsome aviator from the right society background.Ruminating over what might have been had she picked the writer instead of the flier, she furtively reads the now famous Fitzgerald s work When she sees herself much to her surprise in his characters, it s not just as the spoiled debutante he d known he s also uncannily predicted the woman she s become, cracks and all.An affecting story of two people, one famous, one known only through her portrayals in enduring works of fiction, Gatsby s Girl is a tremendously entertaining and moving novel about the powerful forces of first love, memory, and art.

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    1. How I Came To Read This Book: I Read 'The Great Gatsby' last year and my friend knew I really liked it. Hence this book ended up in my Xmas gift last year.The Plot: This book is a fictionalized retelling of the life of Ginevra King, the supposed muse for many of F. Scott Fitzgerald's women, including Daisy Buchanan in 'Gatsby'. In the book we follow the fictionalized Ginevra Perry through her whirlwind written romance with Fitzgerald, through to the conventional path she chooses as Fitzgerald's [...]

    2. A fictionalized account of Ginerva King, the muse and character basis for Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby.The point is that Fitzgerald made her more cruel and shallow than she was. She was an 17 year old girl that threw over a dreamer that was flunking geometry and had a drinking problem. She was careless, but she was a teenager.This book does not need the reader to have read all of Fitzgerald's works or been familiar with his biography to enjoy this book. But, being a fan I loved it and fo [...]

    3. I really wanted to like this book. I like the genre of historical fiction/non fiction as it pertains to a unique vantage point told by a female of a larger known male-driven story.But frankly, this book was bad. Dare I say awful.I should have known by the self-righteous biography on the back flap that this was not going to live up to a book like Loving Frank. The author managed to get three ivy-leaque degrees into her bio and mention her marriage to an evidently famous author. Big deal. Your boo [...]

    4. I enjoyed Gatsby's Girl. The story was sad in many ways: the course of F. Scott Fitzgerald's life; much of Ginevra Perry Granger Pullman's life. But I liked the way Ginevra grew as a person throughout the book, and came to realize her errors and flaws (whether or not this is true of Ginevra King, the real person on which the character is based). I liked that she not only followed Scott's work (originally fueled by curiosity re: what he'd said "about" her) but that she cared what happened to him. [...]

    5. Caroline Preston has an easy going and pleasant writing style. In addition, she lets her readers into Ginerva's character well enough that even though she is an unbelievably self centered girl, you end up liking her a lot. She reminds of those people who such a joy to talk to at dinner parties because they have witty observations and are quite clever but you can't have a real relationship with them because they are too self absorbed. Another insight from Preston is that Ginerva has no idea what [...]

    6. Interesting fictionalization account of F Scott Fitzgerald' so-called muse and the basis of Daisy Buchanan . The book beginning was well written with many believe able plot twists and characters who themselves resembled the many people of Fitzgerald stories. However, the main character, Ginerva Perry Granger Pullman became taxing and tedious, much like the tortured players in many Fitzgerald pieces. At best the plot slogged into idiocy at the conclusion, with a rather overly dramatic climax that [...]

    7. Bitch.Ginevra Perry, you are such a BITCH.I hate you, and I hate your stupid, winding, driveling, petty, uninteresting flop of a bookd you are 70 percent of that hatred, you wide-eyed devil's muse, you sickening debutante from the flattest planes of Hell.You made me sick to my stomach.You made me actually like the Great Gatsby ten times more than I did at first, because of you and your absurd little life and your having passionate sex with your son's tutor, you predictable little plot twist.Let [...]

    8. While reading this, I fell in love with F. Scott Fitzgerald all over again. I felt so bad for how Ginerva treated him. I had to do everything in my might not to cry when I got to the ending. I really suggest reading this.

    9. I think I need to start this review off with a confession. This book was selected as the November book club selection and I tend to read my book club books slowly, reading a set number of pages per day so that I've given sufficient time to understanding the story and that it's fresh in my mind when it's time to discuss it. I should have started this book on Tuesday and read 10 pages per day, I picked it up last night (Thursday), fully intended to read only 30 pages to get caught up to where I ne [...]

    10. I actually finished this book very quickly. I knew nothing about Fitzgerald having a first lost love and basing so many of his characters on her, most notably Daisy. Even though this was a fictionalized turn it seems the author did her research and was true to the natures of her subjects. Reading this made me want to go back and re-read some Fitzgerald works I am familiar with and seek out some that I am not. It also sent me in search of more works by this author.

    11. I've always been fascinated by Scott Fitzgerald so when I stumbled upon this book I knew I had to read it. It didn't disappoint me. It was well-written, with interesting plot and amazing characters. The fact that it's based on a true story that the author explains at the end is a plus.

    12. DNF. Second strikeout last night. Ginerva was bland and about as fun as watching paint dry. Too much tell and not enough show. Seriously, who writes something like: "'I guess so,' I said in a soft, sad voice."

    13. At the outset of this book,15 year old Chicago Socialite Ginevra(named for a painting by Leonard Di Vinci) is shipped off to Westover,a strict boarding school as punishment a brief "engagement" to a young man from her social set. She's pretty,intelligent(though not intellectual) and a major flirt. At a sledding party given by her roommate,she meets another young man who,unbeknownst to her at the time,is to become an integral footnote to her life,F.Scott Fitzgerald,who at the time is a student an [...]

    14. I think that The Great Gatsby contains some of the most beautiful writing of the 20th century, and F. Scott Fitzgerald's portrayals of the overprivileged, aimless young adults of a society that didn't realize it was on the brink of major change have always appealed to me, as an outsider looking in. As it happens, Fitzgerald was a bit of an outsider in that world himself, and much of his early exposure to it came through his romance with a young Chicago pre-debutante named Ginevra King during his [...]

    15. 4 STARS"Just as Jay Gatsby was haunted by Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fizgerald was haunted by his own great first love — a Chicago socialite named Ginevra. Alluring, capricious, and ultimately unavailable, she would become his first muse, the inspiration for such timeless characters as Gatsby's Daisy and Isabelle Borge in This Side of Paradise.Caroline Preston's astute perceptions of her characters and the cultural landscapes they inhabit have earned her work comparisons to t [...]

    16. This was by far the best book I have ever read. Personally I loved how is coincided with The Great Gatsby because just like Gatsby had always loved Daisy F. Scott Fitzgerald always loved Ginevra. It was so unique to read because it caused you to conclude why F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby and all of his other famous novels. Gatsby's Girl was about the main character Ginevra, the narrator, and how she fell in love easily causing her to be careless just like Daisy in the Great Gatsby. [...]

    17. I decided to read this book because I'm writing a story on marital problems and needed to read something to help me reflect on the topic. My story is contemporary and this is set in the 1920s, but it helped me all the same.I first liked how the book showed how reading about characters like ourselves can help us reflect on our lives and contribute to self-improvement. Ginevra, the first love of F. Scott, is imagined by the author as a self-centered rich girl. She's not the only one. Just like Edi [...]

    18. This was a highly fictionalized story of F. Scott Fitzgerald's supposed first love. It seems to be an accurate look at how Scott saw Ginevra and used her as a model for some of his characters, but isn't necessarily an accurate portrayal of Ginevra or most of the specific events. I often have trouble liking fiction based on true events when they aren't very accurate and that is an issue here; however I did like the novel itself. I think it might have been better served by using a fictionalized na [...]

    19. In a lot of ways I'm sort of ambivalent about this book. I did quite enjoy the story; the youth and middle age of a debutante in the early twentieth century. But I'm not sure it benefited from it's link to F. Scott Fitzgerald. The girl in question is Ginevra Perry. She's beautiful, she's rich, she's popular and because she's bored at her all girls boarding school she decides it would be quite pleasant to fall in love with that young writer from Princeton who she met on a frigid night in St. Paul [...]

    20. I don't know how to review a book. Let's get that out of the way.I simply put into words what I felt, thought and tasted. Though sometimes I could be harsh when I'm being a book snob, which unfortunately I am. Gatsby's Girl is a sad, nostalgic love story. It's heartbreaking yet illuminated. The way the characters come alive, the way Ginevra gets under your skin, Scott - blonde, melodramatic, eccentric - everywhere in the background, and Julian. Oh Julian. Julian was gone too soon, but I can stil [...]

    21. Preston reimagines the life of Ginevra King, F. Scott Fitzgerald's first love and the basis for many of his novel’s leading ladies - Daisy Buchanan (The Great Gatsby ), Isabelle Borge (This Side of Paradise ), and Josephine Perry (The Basil and Josephine Stories ). Fitzgerald meets Ginevra at a party in St. Paul, where she is visiting her boarding-school roommate. The two hit it off and correspond for eight months with only one meeting, until Ginevra looses interest. Ginevra is very self absor [...]

    22. I'm proud to be a Fitzgerald nut. In high school I gobbled up The Great Gatsby and proceeded to read everything that was ever written by him. I even read Zelda's interesting novel and her letters to Scott. Whoa.[return][return]So I gobbled up this fictionalized account of Ginerva, the girl who Scott loved and lost when he was in college. Ginerva was the basis for many of the fickle girls in his novels and short stories, and this account makes everything seem really believable. Ginerva really did [...]

    23. Wow. It is hard to imagine a heroine more shallow than Daisy Buchanan, but Caroline Preston managed to pull it off in her novel about Ginevra Perry. Ginevra is loosely based on Ginevra King, a real person, and Josephine Perry, a fictional character from F. Scott Fitzgerald's Josephine stories. There are notes from a conversation with the author included in the back of the book, which is good. Without them I would have thought Fitzgerald mentally impaired in addition to being an alcoholic. Ginevr [...]

    24. I read this book for school for a project that had something to do with a book related tangentally with a book read earlier this year. We read The Great Gatsby earlier in the semester and my group chose to read Gatsby's Girl. It read really fast and I liked it a lot at the beginning. Towards the end it started to get a little bit predictable and the lady started being an idiot. I have a really hard time with female protagonists for some reason. They don't even have to be the protagonist actually [...]

    25. I really love books like this. Books that have a basis in fact and are combined with a wonderful writer. That's what I found in Gatsby's Girl. This was a great read and it is evident that a lot of research went into creating this book, that even though there are things that are created from the writer's mind, it sounds so real. A lot of effort was taken into getting the setting and feeling of the book right. And this is just the way I would have imagined the story being in real life. It didn't d [...]

    26. Certainly (and openly admitted, by the author) a work of fiction based loosely on a few facts and filled with the broad strokes of imagination to round it out, I have to say that if even a fraction of this story is actually true, it explains why I always found "The Great Gatsby" so lonely and depressing. If Daisy was Ginevra and Gatsby was Fitzgerald, himself, it is obvious what a number Ginevra did on him that resounded throughout the remainder of his much too short life. Both Scott and Ginevra [...]

    27. A book I've owned for years and finally got around to reading. I wasn't as blown away as I thought I'd be -- the whole premise of it seemed to promise so much more. Ginevra Perry is presented as "the girl who got away", inspiring the heroines of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" and "This Side of Paradise" -- both FSF books I have read and re-read ("TSOP" almost every summer from my late teens through my 20's, after I stopped re-reading "Little Women" every summer!) I think I was looking [...]

    28. I actually really, really enjoyed this book! I was a bit wary about it for superficial reasons- I'd gotten it for three dollars in a Borders bargain bin last summer, and it seemed like a far-fetched idea. But I found it quite smart and well-written. I loved that it was a story about a woman, not just a tale of Scott Fitzgerald's former flame. The way certain characters were obviously parallels with Fitzgerald's characters (like Millie, who is basically Jordan from "The Great Gatsby) was really c [...]

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