The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitgerald
Published by: Vintage Classics
Genres: Classics, Historical Fiction, Romance, Literature
Date Read: 02/02/2015
Jay Gatsby is a self-made man, famed for his decadent champagne-drenched parties. Despite being surrounded by Long Island’s bright and beautiful, Gatsby longs only for Daisy Buchanan. In shimmering prose, Fitzgerald shows Gatsby pursue his dream to its tragic conclusion. The Great Gatsby is an elegiac and exquisite portrait of the American Dream.
This story follows a narrator called Nick as he tells us the story of his new neighbour, Gatsby. Along the way we discover the lavish parties Gatsby hosts, the reason for his wealth, the miseries of his past, and the long-lost loves he hopes to get back. It’s a book about love, and loss, passion and greed.
However, with all that said the characters themselves are thoroughly dislikable to me. I just didn’t connect or get invested in the story. It’s got some nice descriptive writing moments, but for me it just didn’t grip me as I’d hoped it would.
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
The best thing about his book was its use of Nick as the narrator. Otherwise, I felt the people in this book were shallow and lived empty, tragic lives of no meaning. I just didn’t like the plot, the characters or the setting. There were some fun moments, some dire moments and just a whole lot of dullness going around. It’s hard to really enjoy something if you don’t feel any sympathy or empathy with the characters.
The plot was intriguing. The issue dwelled upon may not be something we all face in real life but interesting to read about.
What made this book extremely boring for me was the way the characters were described. The one thing I will say about this: F. Scott is a wonderful writer. I will definitely read more of his books, but this one really isn’t that great.