Book Title: The Great Gatsby
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Synopsis (from Goodreads): “A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author’s generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology. Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of Fitzgerald’s—and his country’s—most abiding obsessions: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings. “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. And one fine morning—” Gatsby’s rise to glory and eventual fall from grace becomes a kind of cautionary tale about the American Dream.”
Related Blog Posts: All posts tagged ‘The Great Gatsby' on this blog, which includes these hilarious summary comics by Kate Beaton, and a passing mention during the 30 Day Book Challenge. Also for related/similar content, see the ‘F. Scott Fitzgerald' tag.
Five Words: ‘Old Sport’, excess, lust, prejudice, narcissism
Why I Re-Read This: Because I want to watch the movie, but before now had not read the book since high school.
What I Love:
- Nick genuinely being a jackass (everybody is an asshole in this book, but Nick sets himself apart unnecessarily and, honestly, it makes his pompous narrative endearing. Which given the context of the entire novel, you need)
- Gatsby’s parties sound like epic debauchery
- The picture Fitzgerald paints of the age; it’s very vivid
- A lot of accidental poignancy on the part of the minor characters
- So much of the book feels like a dream, or like Nick is on one ridiculous acid trip
- Gatsby’s pink suit
- Old Sport
What I Didn’t Like:
- Daisy or Jordan even remotely, but that’s part of the point
- On that note, poor Daisy and Tom’s daughter
- The lack of expansion on Nick and Jordan
- Tom leading everyone around like horses and not making sensible conversation like, 80% of the time
- There was a lot of nonsensical conversation, honestly; I’ve never felt so inclined to slap so many fictional characters from one book and all at one time
- How completely and utterly heartbreaking Gatsby’s father was (though that’s because it was an honest moment compared to a heck of a lock of naivety)
Favourite Quote: “Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages you’ve had.”
Favourite Adaptation(s): I’ve yet to see the movie, but I’ve heard good things. Otherwise I haven’t seen any adaptations of The Great Gatsby.
Who Should Read It: Anyone who appreciates beautifully written prose, but who can stand the fact that this is purposefully a farce of a love story.