To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March, Bishop Vaughan School’s roving reporter, Amelia Reynolds, has been interviewing staff to find out what their favourite books are. She will be uploading articles throughout the week so keep checking back for updates. First to be interviewed was Mr McKay…
What is your favourite book?
The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Why is this your favourite book?
I love the characters, Fitzgerald is also one of my favourite writers. Whilst reading the book, I noticed that a lot of the author’s real life experiences influenced some of the events in the book. Elements of Fitzgerald’s personality are also reflected in the character of Gatsby, something that I found very interesting.
Would you recommend this book? If so, to whom and why?
I would recommend this book to anyone who appreciates a sense of nostalgia, This is something that the book does very well. It is also a timeless tale of romance and turmoil, making this a book that I believe could be enjoyed by a wide range of readers.
What is your favourite quote in the book?
My favourite quote would have to be the final line in the book: ‘So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past’. I’m moved by the notion of constantly striving for something that is no longer there.