The Great Gatsby is long considered one of the ‘great’ novels. K. Woodman-Maynard has taken this classic story and transformed it into a graphic novel.
When I first saw this book roll out, it piqued my interest. I have read the original version and found it highly fascinating. This graphic novel version takes the book and distills it down to the main points of the larger novel. It was interesting to see how the author was able to take some of the metaphors from the book and turn them in to drawings which were the literal depictions of the metaphors. In a book with a great deal of metaphor and symbolism, this adaptation was an enjoyable departure.
Any time you adapt a piece of classical Americana literature into a graphic novel, you are going to run into some hiccups. Woodman-Maynard pulled some of the more famous quotes from the book, but they are completely out of context and therefore do not have the same pull they did in the original novel. And because so much of the beatuiful language is left out, the book can seem a bit disjointed.
If the goal was to give just a vignette to whet readers appetite to go and read the original book, then mission possibly accomplished. For readers of the original novel, there will probably be polar opinions. Either you are going to love this adaptation or hate it, but I’ll let you decide.
Review of an Advance Reading Copy
This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Candlewick
Profanity/Language: 2 religious profanities; 1 mild obscenity; 1 religious profanity; 2 derogatory names.
Violence/Gore: Injured finger. which is hinted was done by husband; man breaks woman’s nose with a backhand; reference to car accident with broken arm; woman hit and killed by car; depiction of murder-suicide.
Sex/Nudity: 4 kisses and 1 hand hold.
Mature Subject Matter:
Racism, war, marriage infidelity, physical abuse, gambling, bootlegging.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Adults drink alcohol.