Just across from Manhattan, on Long Island, two small peninsulas lean out and give shelter to a shallow dagger of water known as Manhasset Bay. According to one of the greatest stories ever told, Jay Gatsby would stare from his mansion on the west to another palace across this bay, where the woman he loved lived beyond his reach.
Even though at its narrowest the bay is only a few hundred metres across, the distance proved too great for Gatsby, a new-money millionaire crook who could have anything he wanted. Except for Daisy, the old-money society girl across the water.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 book, The Great Gatsby, is set for another revival when Baz Luhrmann releases his film in December, the sixth since the first silent movie 1926.
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