Saturday, May 18, 2013

Review: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Description (from cover):

'The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted 'gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,' it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.'

My thoughts:

This has been on my 'to-read' list for years and with the movie coming out, I knew that I had to read this one. The movie trailers look so fabulous, but I am a stickler for rules about reading a book before I see the movie and this was no exception. Thankfully, it is a short read at only 180 pages and makes for an interesting book to read on a Friday night in. Unfortunately, the book did not live up to my expectations. I love the Jazz Age and the brilliance of the flappers, the speakeasies and the parties. This book really doesn't feature much of what made the 'Roaring Twenties' so fabulous. That was disappointing, as well as Fitzgerald's confusing writing style.

There were times that I was majorly confused with this story. I got the main gist of the story, but some of the minor details were a little sketchy for me. Like how Gatsby got his money and the past relationship between Gatsby and Daisy. It was vague and confusing for me at times that I think that I missed the point on some things.Still I can see how this book has become so famous, but I think the movie will be so much better than the actual book, or at least that is what I am hoping for.

I have to say that I am glad that I read this book as it was killing me to read it. Honestly, I don't get the hype other than it is set in the 1920's. It's not really something that altered my life by reading, like Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte did, but I can check it off my classic book list. I read it, wasn't all that impressed and now I want to see the movie because I can guarantee it outdoes the original book with the fabulous costumes and glitz and glamor of the 'Roaring Twenties'.

Overall Rating: 2

Title:  The Great Gatsby
Author:  F. Scott Fitzgerald
Series:  N/A
Publisher:  Scribner
Publication Date:  Reissued: April 23, 2013
Pages:  192
Genre:  Fiction
Get It:  Amazon; Barnes & Noble

Disclaimer: This book was purchased by myself and I reviewed this book without compensation of any kind. All thoughts and opinions are solely mine.

2 comments:

  1. I know just what you mean. The funny thing is when I first read this I think my response was the same as yours and then I almost reluctantly re-read it recently and found that I got so much more out of it and really enjoyed it. I think maybe this is one of those books that just sort of grows with you or maybe I just had low expectations and therefore could be pleasantly surprised. I found I adapted to the rhythm of Fitzgerald's prose this time round and enjoyed his language a lot more on this reading. I also decided to re-read before seeing the movie and I am glad I did.

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  2. I hope you enjoy the movie when you get the time to watch it. I had to read The Great Gatsby in high school. I spent a whole term learning about The Great Gatsby so that helped fill in all the blanks for me.

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