The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Published: 5/27/03 by Simon and Schuster
4 out of 5 stars
This was my first time to read The Great Gatsby. I managed to escape my school years without it being assigned reading. Now that I've read it, I'm having a difficult time writing my review. What
can I say about this book that hasn't already been said? I'm going to
skip the usual summary of the plot and just jump straight to my thoughts
on this American classic.
I really did like this book. It was
interesting and easy to read and enjoyable. But at the same time, I
couldn't help but wonder: what is the big deal about this book? It's a
short little novel, and just as I was really getting into it, it was
over. How has it managed to stand the test of time and remain so well
To answer my own question, this story of a wealthy many
trying to find true happiness and love does have a timeless quality to
it. Though set in the 1920s, it seems that it could also be written
about people today. Especially in America, where living the "American
dream" continues to be an ideal for so many. This story demonstrates
the downfalls of living a life focused on wealth, material possessions,
and social status.
I knew when I started reading that there
were some shallow characters in this story. But wow, they were really
shallow! At one point, Gatsby is giving a tour of his house, and he
begins to pull all of his shirts out of his wardrobe to show off to his
guests. Daisy, seeing his shirts, begins to cry and says something
like, "I just can't help crying. Those shirts are just so beautiful!"
Seriously...who would do that??? Moments like those made it hard for me
to take some of the characters seriously. People that shallow surely
do not exist in real life, do they?
My final stance on The Great
Gatsby: It's a good book that teaches a good lesson on how money and
fame cannot buy happiness. Probably not going to go on my list of all
time favorite books, but I did enjoy it.