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Gatsby’s Final Passage: As Written by F. Scott

I don’t have a lot to say today, so I’ll let the photo below explain today’s post.

I’ve mentioned before that The Great Gatsby is my favorite book. Though I’ve yet to re-read it as part of this list, I’ll occasionally post about it. When I saw this photo, I knew I had to write about it here.

The following is the final passage of The Great Gatsby in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s handwriting (credit to Roger Ebert’s blog).  I’ve also included it in plain type below the photo in case you haven’t read the book.

Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning——

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

How cool is that image?

(F. Scott Image: Wikimedia Commons)

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  1. Very cool indeed. Its so long ago, I do forget. I will reread it. Thank you for the post.

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    May 7, 2012
    • Such a great book and definitely worthy of a reread.

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      May 7, 2012
  2. Outstanding! Where is Gatsby in your line-up? Think you’ll reread it soon?

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    May 7, 2012
    • I was thinking of making it book #50–the halfway point. So that should be fairly soon.

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      May 7, 2012
  3. The very last line may be the best line of writing I have ever read. Tempting to re-read Gatsby now!

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    May 7, 2012
  4. Reblogged this on The Northanger Abbey Book Project and commented:
    This is lovely. I am rereading Gatsby for school now, and I keep getting lost in it. My english class is convinced I am insane, I am sure, with all of my sighing at every magical line.

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    May 8, 2012
  5. novelreading #

    This is indeed a brilliant ending to a brilliant book. I love the way that these lines somehow encapsulate both Gatsby’s eternal optimism and at the same time hint at the dangers of always romanticising the past. Sheer genius.
    The Great Gatsby is also one of my very favourite books. I’ve read it at least three times already, and am sure that I will enjoy re-reading it again in the future.

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    May 8, 2012
  6. Beautiful.

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    June 1, 2012
  7. I loved the last line so much – thanks to your posting – though I’m a bit unsure about what Fitzgerald means when he uses the phrase “orgastic future” (and could do with some translation), that I’ve just read (surely re-read) The Great Gatsby. It is a fabulous book. And now we’re going to discuss it in our next book club (v informal group that meets every 6 weeks). Looking forward to another chance to talk about Gatsby (and Nick).

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    June 18, 2012
  8. Republicou isso em Guilhermo me dissee comentado:
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    August 13, 2013

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