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.


  1. Aww, you were disappointed?? I LOVE Gatsby.

  2. "The Great Gatsbyis considered a classic by many. I recently read the book and began to understand why this was so. The book gives us a slice of the life of the rich in New York during the Prohibition Era. It is a story of love and deceit and hypocrisy. Relationships of the characters are an important feature of the book. As you read along, you begin to see that these relationships are all superficial. They hardly have any depth. Nevertheless, I think the book is a good read as it takes you back to an era that is no more, and yet human nature remains the same, and we can still see ourselves mirrored in these lives. I read some interesting insights on Shmoop and I was able to get more out of the book.