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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads) Looking forward to your review of this, Stephen.


message 2: by Mira (new)

Mira This has been on my TBR list for a long time and your review makes me much more excited to read it. Great review, Stephen.


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Scott Marlowe One of the classics. Thanks for the review.


message 4: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Keeten Great review Stephen. I have an 11X17 copy of the original dust jacket on my office wall. One of my favorite books and certainly one of my favorite dust jacket cover art.


message 5: by Maciek (new)

Maciek I love The Great Gatsby, Stephen! Many people don't, but I do. I think it's one of the greatest love stories ever written, and also one of the most tragic. Fitzgerald's prose is simply wonderful and there is not one word that shouldn't be there. He really made an impression with this one and never topped it.


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Stephen Mira wrote: "This has been on my TBR list for a long time and your review makes me much more excited to read it. Great review, Stephen."

Thanks, Mira. This one really surprised me with how much I liked it. I hope you have a similar experience.


message 7: by Kate (new)

Kate Fantastic review! Another one I need to re-read.


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Stephen Jeffrey wrote: "Great review Stephen. I have an 11X17 copy of the original dust jacket on my office wall. One of my favorite books and certainly one of my favorite dust jacket cover art."

Thanks, Jeffrey. I never quite understood what the cover was supposed to represent until I read the book. Definitely one of the more memorable covers in literature.


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Stephen Maciek wrote: "I love The Great Gatsby, Stephen! Many people don't, but I do. I think it's one of the greatest love stories ever written, and also one of the most tragic. Fitzgerald's prose is simply wonderful an..."

I haven't read anything else by Fitzgerald (though I now plan to) but I completely agree with you on the prose and the love story. As I mentioned in my review, it ranks up there with Heathcliff and Catherine in Wuthering Heights for sheer tragedy.


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Maciek Stephen wrote: "I haven't read anything else by Fitzgerald (though I now plan to) but I completely agree with you on the prose and the love story. As I mentioned in my review, it ranks up there with Heathcliff and Catherine in Wuthering Heights for sheer tragedy. "

To that I can't realte since I haven't read Wuthering Heights, but I believe you. I haven't been crazy about any other Fitzgerald novels I've read. This one has everything. I enjoyed a whole lot of his short stories, though. You might want to try some. The first one I've read was "The Diamond as Big as The Ritz", which is enormously captivating and totally outrageous.
http://www.sc.edu/fitzgerald/diamond/...


message 11: by Bill (new)

Bill Great review Steve.

This book bored me to tears, but the fact that it was a required read in high school and my 17 year old self was more obsessed with girls and Led Zeppelin may have had something to do with that.

If I had submitted a review half as eloquent as yours I would surely have earned an A.


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Stephen Kate wrote: "Fantastic review! Another one I need to re-read."

Thanks, Kate.


message 13: by Jenn (new)

Jenn I have a copy of The Great Gatsby right in front of me, as I type this. I guess it's meant for me to read it today. Thanks for the push to get this off my "to be read" list. P.S. Great review once again!! :)


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Stephen Bill wrote: "Great review Steve.

This book bored me to tears, but the fact that it was a required read in high school and my 17 year old self was more obsessed with girls and Led Zeppelin may have had somethin..."


I have had similar experiences with a lot of books I "had" to read as a child. For the most part, when I have re-visted them as I got older I have really enjoyed them.


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Stephen Jenn wrote: "I have a copy of The Great Gatsby right in front of me, as I type this. I guess it's meant for me to read it today. Thanks for the push to get this off my "to be read" list. P.S. Great review once..."

Thanks, Jenn.


message 16: by TK421 (new)

TK421 One of my favorites, great review.


message 17: by Jason (new)

Jason Koivu Great full, fleshy review, Stephen!


message 18: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Thanks Gavin and Jason.


message 19: by Kerrie (new)

Kerrie I wish I had read the book you described in high school!


message 20: by Donna (new)

Donna excellent review. I've read this book about 5 times. I always stop to ponder the crates of oranges loaded into the kitchen discarded out as so many pulpless halves.


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Stephen Donna wrote: "excellent review. I've read this book about 5 times. I always stop to ponder the crates of oranges loaded into the kitchen discarded out as so many pulpless halves."

Thanks, Donna. I agree about the reference to the oranges. Fitzgerald's use of imagery was amazing.


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Marvin Why oh why have I not read this?


message 23: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Marvin wrote: "Why oh why have I not read this?"

Until last week, I was asking myself the same question. Now, all I can say is that you really, really should.


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Mike Kerrie wrote: "I wish I had read the book you described in high school!"

Exactly! Great review!


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Stephen Kerrie wrote: "I wish I had read the book you described in high school!"

I've had the exact same thought about a number of "classics" I was forced to read when younger. As I go back and re-read them now, I am finding I really enjoy them (most of them at least).


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Stephen Mike wrote: "Kerrie wrote: "I wish I had read the book you described in high school!"

Exactly! Great review!"


Thanks, Mike.


message 27: by ~Geektastic~ (new)

 ~Geektastic~ Seems like excellent timing to have read this book now, as everyone is so heatedly discussing the current condition of the American Dream. Not much has changed, really, except for a decided downturn in cautious optimism. I didn't like this book when I was forced to read it, several times, for various classes, but I appreciate it much more now than I did then. Your review was truly excellent; it got right to the heart of it.


message 28: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Thank you, Amber. That is very nice of you to say.


Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways I don't see the restrained optimism that you see in this book. It is a favorite of mine, but its bleak vision of Murrikin richness is all I retain. And share.


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Stephen Oldfan wrote: "I don't see the restrained optimism that you see in this book. It is a favorite of mine, but its bleak vision of Murrikin richness is all I retain. And share."

If you look at the very last line of the book (i.e., the quote I used at the beginning of the review), I think that sums up Gatsby's optimism pretty well. I saw Gatsby as representing the belief that one can "reinvent" himself/herself out of whole cloth and will continue to believe (even if foolishly) that they can achieve their dream despite all the obstacles in their path. In Gatsby's case, this dream was ending up with Daisy. That was my take at least.


Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways But what he did not know was that it was already behind him, somewhere in the vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.

My take on that line is tied up in the "dark fields of the republic" meaning the huge, grim wasteland of "flyover country" that Fitzgerald was harshly, though not pitilessly, skewering with Gatsby's character. A more hopeless, hapless, and small-souled persn I cannot readily conjure.

This is how I know the book is art of a high order...your basic optimism finds the positive reading, and my basic pessimism finds the dark, gloomy reading, and they're equally valid.


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Stephen Oldfan wrote: "This is how I know the book is art of a high order...your basic optimism finds the positive reading, and my basic pessimism finds the dark, gloomy reading, and they're equally valid."

Very well said.


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Ian Paganus Classic novel, classic review.


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Stephen Ian wrote: "Classic novel, classic review."

Thanks, Ian.


message 35: by Petertpc (new)

Petertpc You make this sound really good.


message 36: by Ian (new)

Ian Paganus Petertpc wrote: "You make this sound really good."

Classic comment.


message 37: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Stegall This review is almost as good as the book itself. Well done.


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Stephen Sarah wrote: "This review is almost as good as the book itself. Well done."

Thanks, Sarah. That is very nice of you to say. I'm glad you enjoyed it.


message 39: by Dania (new)

Dania I agree wholeheartedly with Sarah! Your reviews are too good!


message 40: by Marvin (new)

Marvin Stephen, just a check-in on my strange reluctance to read The Great Gatsby. It was my turn to choose a book for our book club (the June pick) so guess what I picked. Now I can't put it off any more. It was actually quite surprising to see so many of our little educated group has not read this yet.


message 41: by Stephen (new)

Stephen I hope you like it, Marvin. I can't believe it took me so long to read this one either. I am now very glad I did.


message 42: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Dania wrote: "I agree wholeheartedly with Sarah! Your reviews are too good!"

Thank you, Dania. That's very nice of you to say.


message 43: by s.penkevich (new)

s.penkevich Basically, she’s a bitch.
YES! It's about time someone said that.

This is an excellent review, I think I liked it more than the actual book! Not that it's bad, I must admit I thought it was 'weak shit' in high school but my reread for a college course changed my tune. Then my prof pointed out Nick has a one night stand with a guy and I realized, 'wow, I need to pay more attention to books!'.

Oh and DiCaprio is apparently starring in a remake of this due out sometime soon. Should be interesting.

By chance have you read Fitzgeralds short piece 'Babylon Revisited'?


message 44: by Stephen (new)

Stephen I haven't read that, s, but it is on my list of works to read by Fitzgerald. I have heard good things. By the way, getting ready to start Hunger, based on your outstanding review. I had never heard of it before your review, so thanks again for that.


message 45: by s.penkevich (new)

s.penkevich Stephen wrote: "I haven't read that, s, but it is on my list of works to read by Fitzgerald. I have heard good things. By the way, getting ready to start Hunger, based on your outstanding review. I ha..."

Excellent, I hope you enjoy! It is definitely one of my favorites. There isn't much in the way of a plot, but it really pits you in the tortured mind of a starving artist.


message 46: by Stephen (new)

Stephen I have I feeling I'm going to enjoy it.


message 47: by Jonnie (new)

Jonnie Comet Well, well said. Thank you. :)


message 48: by Christine (new)

Christine Great review. I was going to write one myself but you captured everything perfectly. This book is one of my top ten of all times!


message 49: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra Hall I LOVED THIS REVIEW, THANKYOU


message 50: by Andreina (new)

Andreina Vitto Love your review ! You should become a writer yourself


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