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We’d like to ring out 2013 by thanking our visitors from around the world for spending time during the past year with the Silver Birch Press blog!

Thank you to our visitors from 170 geographic designations (listed in order of number of visits): 

United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, France, Germany,  India,  Netherlands, Italy, Brazil,  Spain, Poland, Philippines, Mexico, Belgium, Sweden, Portugal, Greece, Turkey, Japan, Republic of Korea, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Pakistan, Ireland, Taiwan, Russian Federation, Singapore, Romania, Czech Republic, Argentina, Switzerland, Norway, South Africa, Finland, Israel, Denmark, Hungary, Austria, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Serbia, Malaysia, Croatia, Slovakia, Thailand, Colombia, Chile, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lithuania, Georgia, Slovenia, Malta, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Kenya, Puerto Rico, Latvia, Viet Nam, Nepal, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tunisia, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Albania, Qatar, Estonia, Armenia, Macedonia (the Former Yugoslav Republic), Bangladesh, Panama, Moldova, Kuwait, Lebanon, Jordan, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Morocco, Bahrain, Iceland, Dominican Republic, Iraq, Algeria, Belarus, Bolivia, Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Nigeria, Guatemala, Mauritius, Honduras, Palestinian Territory—Occupied, American Samoa, Jamaica, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Maldives, Macao, Montenegro, Mongolia, Zimbabwe, Jersey, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, China, Paraguay, Myanmar, Cambodia, Barbados, Haiti, El Salvador, Libya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Oman, Guam, Cayman Islands, Saint Lucia, Bhutan, Federated States of Micronesia, Nicaragua, Kyrgyzstan, Bermuda, Greenland, Mozambique, Grenada, Réunion, Martinique, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam,  Guyana, Guernsey, Syrian Arab Republic, Virgin Islands, Aruba, Suriname, Ghana, Guadeloupe, New Caledonia, Congo, Burkina Faso, Namibia, Comoros, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Mayotte, Zambia, Uzbekistan, Gibraltar, Equatorial Guinea, Solomon Islands, Belize, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Vatican City, Faroe Islands, Malawi, Senegal, Liechtenstein, Rwanda, Andorra, Isle of Man

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We continue our tribute to The Great Gatsby — our favorite novel and the reason we started this blog in June 2012 — with the cover from a Swedish edition of the book. In Sweden, F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s novel is called En Man Utan Skrupler, which translates as A Man Without Scruples.

I’m guessing that people in Sweden like to know something about a book before deciding to read it — and, I’ll admit, The Great Gatsby isn’t a descriptive title like, say, the Swedish blockbuster The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Set in 1922, The Great Gatsby tells the story of post-WWI America, the Roaring Twenties, when Prohibition —  a national ban on the sale, production, and transportation of alcohol, in effect from 1920-1933 — was the law of the land,  setting the stage for gangsters, bootleggers, and other nefarious types who were ready, willing, and able to give the people what they wanted.

While Jay Gatsby made his money through the illegal sale and transportation of alcohol, I’ve never thought of him as “a man without scruples.” That’s the point of the novel, isn’t it?  In the end, it was Daisy and Tom — the rich — who really had no scruples.

I did a search for quotes about “scruples” and found the following, which speaks to to Gatsby’s approximate time and place.

“The late 1920s were an age of islands, real and metaphorical. They were an age when Americans by thousands and tens of thousands were scheming to take the next boat for the South Seas or the West Indies, or better still for Paris, from which they could scatter to Majorca, Corsica, Capri or the isles of Greece.

Paris itself was a modern city that seemed islanded in the past, and there were island countries, like Mexico, where Americans could feel that they had escaped from everything that oppressed them in a business civilization.

Or without leaving home they could build themselves private islands of art or philosophy; or else – and this was a frequent solution – they could create social islands in the shadow of the skyscrapers, groups of close friends among whom they could live as unconstrainedly as in a Polynesian valley, live without moral scruples or modern conveniences, live in the pure moment, live gaily on gin and love and two lamb chops broiled over a coal fire in the grate. That was part of the Greenwich Village idea, and soon it was being copied in Boston, San Francisco, everywhere.”

MALCOLM COWLEY, Exile’s Return: A Literary Odyssey of the 1920s. 

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As the Silver Birch Press blog celebrates its 2-month anniversary (well, we did a few days ago), we’d like to take a moment and thank our visitors from 80 countries, 1 continent, and 1 commonwealth. Thank you to our visitors from (listed in order of number of visits):

United States, United Kingdom, Poland, Germany, Canada, Brazil, Italy, Turkey, Netherlands, France, India, Australia, Czech Republic, Spain, Sweden, Slovakia, Portugal, Mexico, Japan, Finland, Belgium, Greece, Philippines, Austria, Croatia, Russian Federation, Argentina, Chile, Serbia, Denmark, Switzerland, Malaysia, Israel, Cyprus, Norway, Taiwan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Puerto Rico, Estonia, Romania, Pakistan, Albania, Uruguay, Colombia, Ireland, Hungary, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Slovenia, Lithuania, Peru, New Zealand, Ecuador, Luxembourg, South Africa, Bulgaria, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Republic of Korea, Philippines, Thailand, Ukraine, Paraguay, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Georgia, Latvia, Senegal, Malta, Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Bolivia. American Samoa, Tunisia, Mauritius, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iceland, Zambia, and Honduras.

Thank you! We appreciate you spending part of your day with us — even if it’s just for one minute while you sip coffee (or tea!).