13 thoughts on “Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Prince Harry

  1. I think it’s rather unfortunate that the writer of this piece should label Prince harry as Harry the Nazi, when every-one knows it was a foolish and ignorant prank by a not very bright youngster of twenty.He is, however, well-meaning. Has the writer of this piece spent the sort of money and time on charity that Harry has put into his charity for children at Sentabele in Africa?
    I think there are better targets for malice than this rather desperate young man….

    • Hi Valerie! No, I don’t think that film reviewer David Walsh, the author of this article, has spent as much money on charity as Prince Harry. As contrary to Prince Harry, he does not get any British taxpayers’ money. “Harry the Nazi” is a quote from the Sun daily.

      There are more issues with Prince Harry than only that nazi uniform. Like his reference to a Pakistani-British fellow soldier as “Paki”.

      And his shooting of a rare, protected hen harrier:

      http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2007/11/10/british-authorities-let-prince-harry-off-the-hook-about-hen-harrier-killing/

      • HI, thanks for your reply… yes, I knew about the paki bit, but having been in the army myself and knowing how everyone has nicknames, I didn’t set much store by it.Yes, to the money, and yes to the time he spends in Africa !
        Yes, I hate the way he and that whole group shoot , fish and kill, whether the prey is rare or not, but I still feel the article was picking on a rare and unprotected, rather troubled young man because the juxtaposition of the people made it a good story !!!!

        • Actually, more than at Prince Harry, the article takes aim at Peter Brant, his US host; and at the new Great Gatsby film, which David Walsh in another article considered to be far inferior to Scott Fitzgerald’s novel.

          • Oh yes, I totally get that – that’s why I felt it was a bit unfair dragging poor old Harry into it for a good story !!!

            Yes, I see most of the reviews are critical of the film…. and I won’t be seeing it after viewing the shorts…
            thanks for discussing this with me !!

            • From Wikipedia:

              The Great Gatsby has been filmed five times

              The Great Gatsby, in 1926, by Herbert Brenon – a silent movie of a stage adaptation, starring Warner Baxter, Lois Wilson, and William Powell. It is a famous example of a lost film. Reviews suggest that it may have been the most faithful adaptation of the novel, but a trailer of the film at National Archives is all that is known to exist.[50]
              The Great Gatsby, in 1949, by Elliott Nugent – Starring Alan Ladd, Betty Field, and Shelley Winters; for copyright reasons, this film is not readily available.[50]
              The Great Gatsby, in 1974, by Jack Clayton – the most famous screen version, starring Sam Waterston as narrator Nick Carraway, with Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan and Robert Redford as Gatsby, with a script by Francis Ford Coppola.[50]
              The Great Gatsby, in 2000, by Robert Markowitz – a made-for-TV movie starring Toby Stephens, Paul Rudd, and Mira Sorvino.
              The Great Gatsby, in 2013, by Baz Luhrmann – Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Amitabh Bachhan. This adaptation of the novel was released on May 10, 2013.

              It is a pity that, maybe, the best version seems to be lost, while this latest, not so good, version gets much publicity.

              • I saw the Robert Redford version…. but since I didn’t enjoy the book, didn’t enjoy the film.
                I almost laughed out loud when I saw the cast for the previous version… Alan Ladd – long in superficial glamour and so short he had to stand on a box for filming, and Shelley Winters were hardly great actors…in fact shallow would be the most profound word you could use to describe their acting!!!
                I suspect it was so awful it’s been suppressed!

            • David Walsh brought Prince Harry in for his point that the United States was founded as a republic, without royals or aristocracy. But that now, US money aristocrats want the privileges of the old aristocracy, so they invite, eg, Prince Harry.

        • Like you, I am opposed to hunting animals which are not rare as well. However, shooting, eg, a pheasant in Britain, if one has a hunting licence, is legal. While shooting a hen harrier is a crime according to the law. According to the seventeenth century doctrine of royal absolutism, royal families are above the law. I think there is a nasty echo of that, now in the 21st century, in that hen harrier case.

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