Here's a turnaround: New Zealand and Australian readers can buy Nicki Greenbergâ€™s bizarre, bitter-sweet graphic interpretation of The Great Gatsby. But for copyright reasons this book is not for sale in the USA or UK.
Why is Daisy portrayed as a pom-pom crossed with a worm? Why is Gatsby a morose cardboard sea horse? Why is Tomâ€™s fancy woman a one-eyed creature with deformed cowâ€™s udders?
Silly questions. I was quickly sucked into the glittering, melancholy, melodramatic jazz-age world of the mysterious Gatsby and his chronicler, Nick. Greenberg resurrects Scott Fizgeraldâ€™s original narrative and also the tone, with its exotic mix of lyricism, romanticism wistfulness and cynicism.
Greenberg, a Melbourne lawyer and illustrator, built up the volume in her "spare time". If you have the slightest interest in F. Scott Fitzgerald, graphic novels or 1920s New York, read this sweet and startling book. Oh, unless you live in the U.S. or the U.K.
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The Great Gatsby: Nicki Greenberg's graphic novel adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic