07/11/2011 09:03 am ET Updated Sep 10, 2011

Making Good Books A Bit Simpler

Hark, hark at this righteous rage! Over at the Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert is in a right tizz over his discovery of an "intermediate" readers' version of The Great Gatsby. Rather than ending with Fitzgerald's wonderfully evocative "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past", Margaret Tarner's rewritten edition concludes, somewhat more prosaically, "Some unpleasant people became part of Gatsby's dream. But he cannot be blamed for that. Gatsby was a success, in the end, wasn't he?"