THE GREAT GATSBY - a graphic adaptation
"A bold idea that works to great effect."
- SHAUN TAN
In homage to F. Scott Fitzgerald's jazz age classic, this acclaimed graphic adaptation brings to life the glitter, the melancholy and the grand and crumpled dreams of Fitzgerald's unforgettable characters.
Daisy, Nick, Tom, Jordan and Gatsby himself are rendered true to Fitzgerald's original characterisation, with a difference: they are not human. Inhabiting the authentic setting of 1920s New York, they join a throng of fantastical creatures to play out the drama, the wry humour and the tragedy of the novel.
The book is presented in the form of an old photograph album, with the snapshots forming the "frames" of the story. In this way, the reader is invited into the private world of the characters, while sharing the sense of nostalgia and loss that pervades the novel.
Fittingly for the defining novel of the Jazz Age, this adaptation has the flavour of a jazz interpretation - an energetic and entertaining, but also thoughtful and subtle, "arrangement" of the original piece of music.
"Bizarre, absorbing and very funny, Nicki Greenberg casts a surrealist eye over Fitzgerald's world of careless money, social politics and misplaced ambition. It's a bold idea that works to great effect, where frivolous and monstrous natures are plain to see and enjoy, while all the while a much darker current flows ominously beneath the surface."
"Greenberg's The Great Gatsby is a pure delight... it's a work of art; every page is beautiful."
"That we quickly accept this surreal bestiary... is a credit to Greenberg's delicate, expressive artwork, deft period recreation and precise, sympathetic storytelling, which effectively capture the novel's glittering surface and melancholic undertow."
THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN - REVIEW
Included in the prestigious International Youth Library's White Ravens List 2008
CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award Notable Book 2008
Shortlisted, Australian Book Industry Awards 2008 - Illustrated books category
Allen & Unwin - web page for The Great Gatsby, a graphic adaptation
Penguin Canada - web page for The Great Gatsby, a graphic adaptation
How I worked on Gatsby - video recording by the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas
"A Seahorse and a Salamander in Sepia Tone", The F. Scott Fitzgerald Review - review by Daniel Worden
"Picturing Gatsby" - Nicki's article on Gatsby adaptation for Readings newsletter
Teacher reviews, courtesy of Allen & Unwin - PDF
"The Written Image" - article in Meanjin by George Dunford
"The Panel Beaters" - The Age - news article
Review by The Comics Journal. (An edited version previously appeared in The Weekend Australian Review)
The Blurb review by Karin van Heerwarden
Emerging Writers Festival - review by Rebecca Howden
"The Australian comic book renaissance" by Richard Watts, article on ArtsHub