A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving

The first time of my reading A Prayer For Owen Meany was in, I would guess, 1990. Much of it – the end in particular – had stuck in my mind during the intervening quarter of a century or so. In some ways this is not so surprising: John Irving often, apparently, comes up with a dramatic end for…

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The 1920s:  Jay Gatsby has a palatial residence on Long Island Sound where he hosts fabulous parties for people who, in the main, he does not know. Or, in narrator Nick Carraway’s beautiful phrase, he ‘bought a mansion where he dispensed starlight to casual moths’. No-one is sure who he is, let alone who he was and…