This review is from: Nick and Jake: An Epistolary Novel (Paperback)
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel, and cannot recommend it enough to anyone interested in literary characters being brought to life. I bought this book on the sole premise of it being based on two characters of two different novels and having them communicate and correspond.
The book is completely constructed of letters, memorandum, telegrams, and so forth. With high-strung Nick, from The Great Gatsby, and laid-back Jake, from The Sun Also Rises, being the main protagonists here, it quickly became an amusing and entirely entertaining read with wonderful twists and turns - ALL in the form of letters and notes.
I admit that I haven't actually read Hemingways' The Sun Also Rises, but I didn't feel like I needed to in order to enjoy the book.
I absolutely loved all the literary references and insertion of different writers and characters - such as Françoise Sagan, author of Bonjour Tristesse, and many others. I found myself constantly googling different names if I couldn't connect the dots myself. Many parts were completely baffling, while other parts had me laughing.
In one letter to Jake, Nick is having trouble finding a topic to write another book about (besides The Great Gatsby of course), and as he brainstorms he outlines the plot of Salinger's Catcher in the Rye, only to have Jake write him back telling him to stop coming up with idiotic plot lines because no one wants to read about a troubled young man, and to keep brainstorming - in not those words exactly of course. But man, that got me chuckling.
I loved how Nick kept referring to Gatsby as Gatz. I loved his developing relationships with all those he was corresponding with, and I loved the way it all ended.
Very interesting book, and a quick read to boot.