Gatsby From Afar

Friday, May 17, 2013

Leonardo Dicaprio and Carey Mulligan star in 'The Great Gatsby' Leonardo Dicaprio and Carey Mulligan star in 'The Great Gatsby'

Evan Osnos, China correspondent for The New Yorker, talks about what international readers and movie-goers learn about the U.S. from The Great Gatsby. LISTENERS: Did you read The Great Gatsby before moving here? Does what it says about American culture still hold true? Call 212-433-9692, or leave a comment here. 


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Comments [2]

Jim B

What about the theme of All For the Girl? Does the fact that in a sense Gatsby became rich just to win one woman seem logical to Chinese audiences?

May. 17 2013 11:41 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

In most other and older societies, the top 1% were usually land-owning aristocrats, often of royal blood ties. The development of capitalism and democracy enabled some regular people to rise to formerly unimaginable heights of wealth and power. In most other societies, they came up against the resentful aristocratic elites, but in the US there was basically no such thing. No aristocratic blood-barrier to block that rise.

May. 17 2013 11:38 AM

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