The Great Gatsby is one of those novels that people either shelve, read out of interest, or are obligated to read. I was both interested in reading it as well as needing to read it for as an English class assignment. It is not a boring book, there are numerous descriptions and assumptions can be made by the reader. True, I had watched the movie three times before reading it, and the movie is not true to the novel, but it did aid with picturing the characters and the setting of the story. It’s a novel with 9 chapters, making it a quick read that is in fact gripping. Fitzgerald’s metaphorical descriptions of settings are really what bring the whole book to life and it is hard to come upon such descriptions like the one of the Valley of Ashes in chapter two. I would recommend this book to anyone and it truly is a novel that is in fact a modern classic and will continue to be due to the modern way events are conveyed.
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
Quotations worth noting;
“roaring drunk from sheer embarrassment” (44)
“I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.” (50)
“Angry, and half in love with her, and tremendously sorry, I turned away.” (169)
“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgasic 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 then one fine morning —
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” (172)