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Paperback, 56 pages
Published July 2005 by Secondary Solutions
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Westmont Faculty Recommended Lifetime Syllabus (2005)
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I did not particularly enjoy this book. While I felt that Fitzgerald's sentence structure and choice of language were interesting, I found that his characters were flat and lacked substance.It is possible that Fitzgerald was deliberately saying that this was the affect of this jazz generation, but he painted most of the characters with the same brush. The one exception is possibly Nick. However, there is very little that happens in the first 2/3rds of the book.I find that I don't care about the ...more
The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his passion and obsession for the beautiful Daisy. The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess, creating a portrait of the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties that has been described as a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream.
F. Scott Fitzgerald is an amazing craftsman. He fills his writing with such emotion, but not by using emotional words. He paints a picture with phrases that cause the reader to feel. And he masterfully juxtaposes the beauty of nature with the dirt and the grime. In other words, he tells the truth about life and what it is. He writes amazingly flawed (yet beautiful) and emotionally charged characters. I had read The Great Gatsby in High School, but I didn't appreciate it then. I didn't even remem ...more