I note that Francis Scott
Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby has
been made into a movie. No, not Robert
Redford. Sorry, another movie.
This was brought to mind by the
fact that Doortje expressed a desire to read the novel this afternoon, so I
delved into my epub files and found it.
When a pdf file (basically photographs of the pages) is
converted to epub, any page headers and footers are included as text, usually in
the middle of the sentence running near the top or bottom of the page, which
can be disconcerting to someone not used to the phenomenon.
For example, you get "The Great Gatsby" written in the middle of the sentence at the beginning of every right-hand page and "Chapter 1" or whatever in the middle of the sentence at the beginning of every left-hand page, and the page numbers at the bottom, also in the middle of the sentence. When I realised this was the case with The
Great Gatsby, I wacked it into a program that I have (Sigil), converted
the headers and footers into easily recognised strings and then proceeded to
In an hour and a half, the job was
done (probably the time it takes to read the novel!), and the epub
version looked respectable, and ready for the eReader.
Then it occurred to me to look in
the bookshelf! It would be very
surprising if we didn't have a Penguin of this book from way back. Sure enough, it wasn't hard to find, and
Doortje expressed pleasure at being able to read the real book!
Anyway, skimming through the novel
in Sigil got me to my favourite line in the book, in chapter 7, which is:
"O, my Ga-od! O, my Ga-od!
Oh, Ga-od! Oh, my Gaod!"
What could be more expressive in
an American novel?
And as far as movies go, The Eye of the Storm (also
about rich people) was made into a beautiful ABC telemovie by Fred Schepisi not long ago and the
Australian public hardly noticed.
to put my biases on the table, I rate George Orwell and Patrick White highly,
but not F. Scott.