In 'The Great Gatsby', Fitzgerald brilliantly captures both the disillusion
of post-war America and the moral failure of a society obsessed with wealth
and status. But he does more than render the essence of a particular time
and place, for in chronicling Gatsby's tragic pursuit of his dream, Fitzgerald
re-creates the universal conflict between illusion and reality.
The first of two books looking at the history of Dublin, and therefore the history of the whole island. Starting from prehistory, the High Kings of Tara, the Viking invasion, the machinations of He...