Old Palm News

Two classics booked for December

November 19, 2012

When the Ladies Book Club meets next on Wednesday, December 12th, Old Palm’s resident booklovers will discuss two of the 20th-century’s most well-known novels—Ernest Hemingway’s “A Moveable Feast” and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” Expect the conversation to be lively and entertaining, as the ladies offer their insights while enjoying coffee and cookies in the Club. While “A Moveable Feast” takes place in the 1920s, Hemingway didn’t write this memoir of his early years in Paris until 1960, and he never submitted the manuscript for publication. It wasn’t until 1964, three years after Hemingway’s death, that the book was published. In it, Hemingway’s writes about his relationships with fellow writer and art collector Gertrude Stein and former friend F. Scott Fitzgerald, whom Hemingway remembers rather heartlessly. Published in 1925, “The Great Gatsby” is, on one level, the story of thwarted love between jazz-era rogue Jay Gatsby and married socialite Daisy Buchanan. However, on a deeper level, the book is Fitzgerald’s symbolic meditation on the disintegration of the American dream in an era of unprecedented prosperity and material excess. No matter how it’s interpreted, “The Great Gatsby” is a great read, and we encourage the ladies of Old Palm to discuss it and “A Moveable Feast” at the upcoming Ladies Book Club.


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