Saturday, June 20, 2009
Book review: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
After hearing for years what a classic "The Great Gatsby" is, I was pretty disappointed in it.
Gatsby is the next-door neighbor to Nick. Gatsby throws huge and lavish parties. Gatsby is mysterious.
Nick is new to Long Island. He lives next-door to Gatsby's mansion, but is not one of the idle rich. Instead he slogs to work each day in the city, and slogs home again.
Nick has other rich friends, Daisy and Tom. Eventually Daisy and Tom meet Gatsby. No hilarious hijinks, just tragedy upon tragedy.
The Great Gatsby is a morality tale, of sorts. It's also a tale of unrequited love. It's a fascinating, if dim, peek at Long Island in the 20s, when it was possible to drive along the North Shore for miles without seeing any houses or people. But for all that, it wasn't a very interesting book. Perhaps I'm just not entertained by stories of bored rich people treating other people callously.