cOlbert's Book Club

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"The Great Gatsby" is already considered an American classic, but nothing is an American classic until Stephen says it is. (3:00)

>> Stephen: WELCOME TOTE

REPORT, EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

>> STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

STEPHEN!

( CHEERS )

>> Stephen: THANK YOU, LADIES

AND GENTLEMEN.

THANK YOU, SO MUCH.

PLEASE, HEROES, ALL.

SIT DOWN.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THANK YOU

FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT.

IT'S ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO BRING

YOU THE TRUTH RIGHT DOWN THE

TRUTH HOLE.

NATION, FOR YEARS I HAVE ADMIRED

"O," THE OPRAH BOOK CLIB.

AND WHILE LADY "O" AND I ARE

VERY CLOSE, WE'RE ALSO

COMPETITORS.

WE'RE NOT IN SHOW FRIENDSHIP.

WE'RE IN SHOW BUSINESS.

THAT'S WHY TONIGHT I AM PROUD TO

INTRODUCE THE START OF MY OWN

BOOK CLUB, C-OH-LBERT BOOK CLUB.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

IT IS GOING TO BE A LITERARY

PHENOMENA OF NARRATIVE

DECONSTRUCTION AND SYMBOLIC

ANALYSIS, PLUS TOGETHER, WE WILL

DISCOVER HOW MANY COPIES OF THE

BOOK YOU'LL NEED TO LEVEL YOUR

KITCHEN TABLE.

( LAUGHTER ).

AND OUR VERY FIRST BOOK IS CAN CAN

REAT GATSBY" BY F. SCOTTIS "THEG

FITZGERALD.

FOLKS, WE'RE READYING IT FOR ALL

THE RIGHT REASONS-- BECAUSE

THERE'S A MOVIE OF IT COMING

OUT.

THIS WAY AT THE PREMIERE ON MAY

10, WE CAN SMUGLY TURN TO OUR

FRIENDS AND SAY, "THE BOOK WAS

BETTER."

THOUGH I HAVE TO SAY I'M PRETTY

SURE THE MOVIE IS GOING TO BE

AMAZING.

IT'S IN 3D.

THAT'S RIGHT!

IT FEELS LIKE THE THEMES OF

LONGING AND ALIENATION ARE IN

YOUR PIPES.

PLUS, A SOUNDTRACK BY JAY-Z,

JUST LIKE F. SCOTT FIT-ZEE WOULD

HAVE WANTED.

NOW, SURE, THE "THE GREAT

GATSBY" HERE IS ALREADY

CONSIDERED TO BE AN AMERICAN

CLASSIC, BUT NOTHING IS AN

AMERICAN CLASSIC UNTIL I SAY IT

IS.

WHICH IS WHY I'M CALLING ON YOU,

THOSE FEW LIT RAMEMBERS OF THE

COLBERT NATION, TO PICK THUP

BOOK AND-- THIS IS WHERE IT GETS

TRICKY-- READ THE WORDS INSIDE

OF IT, OKAY?

( LAUGHTER )

YOU HAVE TWO WEEKS TO FINISH IT,

NATION.

BECAUSE ON MAY 9, PULITZER

PRIZE-WINNING NOVELIST JENNIFER

EGAN WILLED LEAD THE BOOK CLUB'S

DISCUSSION AND THE DIRECTOR OF

THE MOVIE, BAZ LUHRMAN, WILL BE

HERE IN 3D.

( LAUGHTER )

TOGETHER, TOGETHER--

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

WE WILL DECIDE WHAT IT'S GERALD

REALLY MEANT WHEN HE SAY, "SO WE

BEAT OBOATS AGAINST THE CURRENT,

BORNE BACK CEASELESSLY INTO THE

PAST."

IT'S THE NAME OF HIS CHILDHOOD

SLED.

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