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message 1: by Nicole (new)

Nicole This amuses me. First of all in my recollection of the book, he was not a drug dealer at all. He was simply selling illegal alcohol out of drug stores. Everyone proclaims this book is so simple and perfect, a true "novella". blah blah blah. It was written back in the day therefore it intrigues people. But i wonder would it be the same if it was written today? or would it be a bunch of nonsense? Fitzgerald is not at all superman. He was not that great of an author and had mad a handful of literary mistakes that he left his publisher to fix. However i do believe this book to be very "american". It shows how we can get so consumed in money that even American people enjoy thinking about being wealthy, even when Gatsby is at his worst people still are fantasizing about all that damn money. This by far is not a definition of a beautiful, simple novel. And not one moment in the book does it capture the true essence of falling in love. Gatsby is the only pure of heart in this novel. Love is hardly existent for the other characters. This is a true American shit book and shows just how shallows we all can be. Jay Gatsby is simple and beautiful. Not the novel. i'm rather pissed.

message 2: by Alex (new)

Alex To an extent, I agree with you. I certainly agree that the novel fails to capture the true essence of love, but then again, I don't think it wants to. To me, the fact that the characters are so unappealing is one of it's strong points, but the main reason I call The Great Gatsby beautiful is because of the prose. Story aside, I really think Fitzgerald hit upon a gorgeous style with this novel, so much so that I probably would have enjoyed it no matter what the story was. I'm sorry your pissed, but I think the irritation might be better directed at American society rather than the novel that represents it.

message 3: by Nicole (new)

Nicole I see where you are coming from. I do agree with you, that most of my anger was toward American society. i get myself wrapped up sometimes :) Also i can not deny that i liked the style of the novel as well. Still somethings i question.

message 4: by Torrie (new)

Torrie I agree absolutely! The style is what hooked me and pulled me in. I also agree with what you said about criticizing American society. You can see that he hates how the rich are able to get whatever they want (or get away from whatever they want) just because of their standing in society. The rose-colored glasses is a great way of describing that. I hadn't thought of it like that before, but now that I do it makes a lot of sense.

message 5: by Eric (new)

Eric Norcross The concept is that he MAY have been a bootlegger, even that wasn't made too clearly. Just that he wasn't 100% within the law. It's amazing how many people interpret the same book slightly differently though.

message 6: by Zorzynek (new)

Zorzynek Drug dealer? Now, that's quite unexpected :)

message 7: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Rios Alcohol IS a drug. So, yes, he was an illegal (at the time) drug dealer. The O.P. was correct; he was a drug dealer. Anyway, hardly the point of the book. I agree with the OP that this book has SUCH BEAUTIFUL prose that it really doesnt even matter to me what the story is about. When FSF talked about the light on Daisy's face during the first dinner I almost wept. It was beautiful. Really had very little to do with the story, but it was amazing prose. I also really loved when he talked about how the East is so uncaring compared to the midwest. As a person who grew up in the midwest, moved to NY, then 20 years later moved back to the midwest, I can very much relate!!! I agreed with Nick that the East is wonderful and exciting and superior to the midwest, but I am a midwesterner and the way that the East says, "who cares who you are," is not how I was raised. I love that Nick went back home in the end. Opps, I am sorry, I digressed.

message 8: by Branka (new)

Branka I agree with the fact that This side of paradise and The great Gatsby discover two different persons of the authors's character.

message 9: by Desiree (new)

Desiree Loeven I thoroughly enjoyed your review. Thank you.

message 10: by David (new)

David Sabala I love your analysis of Daisy as "innocently malevolent." Your evaluation is really good here. Thank you.

message 11: by Mei (new)

Mei Sorry to be "that person", but Gatsby was a bootlegger, not a drug dealer...

message 12: by Alyse (new)

Alyse Am I the only one who didn't take 'drug dealer' literally??

message 13: by Rosey (new)

Rosey Nice review!

I don't think the author wanted to capture love. Overall, its not about love. But loosing yourself somewhere along the way and trying to get back to the same spot... For Gatsby, its his love for daisy. Gatsby will forever love daisy, but he's too late.
The story is about reckless people who lead reckless lives, smashing everything in their way. Nick is mad at daisy and Tom for that reason, they just go back to their lives as if nothing happened. People like that exist though, sadly.
A person who chases a goal that's long in his past. Fitzgerald mentions the green light over and over again. Green light is not love. It's gatsby's dream that is in the past. Which is his love for daisy. But every person has different dreams when they close their eyes.
He's trying to bluntly tell us to stop chasing a dream that's gone. Stop chasing the past. There's a beautiful part in the book that is long to post here, you can find it in the quotes probably, where nick talks about gatsby's dream and the green light. It screams this, he's being so straightforward in his message. The parties, the country it takes place in have nothing to do with the message. Just part of his setting. Notice how there's no main character (other than nick) that is without faults. Everyone is bad. But the one who lives in the past dies. Extreme. It's a lesson about dark and cruel life. Let the past go. Let it be. Find a meaning in life. (to Nicole's comment)

That's what I saw while reading the book. I am a fan of the book, so maybe that's why haha.


message 14: by Rosey (new)

Rosey Now that I reread my comment, the parties and the country describe the 20s. So scratch that. Just chasing a dream that's gone! This sounds cruel, but how much did daisy really love him? Is that love between them? I don't know, I don't want to think that someone "loves" me like that. She did have a kid though. Rambling on, sorry.

message 15: by Christine (new)

Christine The brilliance of the novel and author is that although written almost 90 years ago it is a brief novel that still sparks intelligent conversation! Thanks to all of you for that!

message 16: by Olivia (new)

Olivia Thanks for the spoiler!

message 17: by Susan (new)

Susan I agree with Alex that it's not meant to be a love story. That would be like saying that The Scarlet Letter is about adultery, or that Life of Pi is about a sea voyage.

message 18: by Susan (new)

Susan Olivia, a spoiler? Really? Alex is reviewing a classic novel. The plot is pretty well known.

message 19: by Sophia (new)

Sophia Flemming This is one of the best reviews I have read about this novel.

I am reading The Great Gatsby after about fifteen years, and many aspects you point out, I agree with. Fitzgerald's beautiful prose and storytelling is a juxtaposition of each other....we see the beauty of the writn, but the ugliness of the story which is sadly Gatsby's displaced perception he has on Daisy.

message 20: by Sierra (new)

Sierra I love how your prose is so eloquent, just as Fitzgerald's

g.∂.  ❣ We were born to be together ❣ Wow! Your really good at reviews! I have to agree that this book left me awestruck! There was a beautiful philosophical message portrayed through the plot and characters! The general choice of words was just amazing! Especially the first sentence: In my younger and more vulnerable years my father have me some advice that I've been turning over on my mind ever since. The characters had secrets underneath all the glitz and glam of their dazzling personalities!
This was probably Scott Fitzgerland's best piece of work.

message 22: by Alyssa (new)

Alyssa Gibbs

message 23: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Alyse wrote: "Am I the only one who didn't take 'drug dealer' literally??"

No, you aren't. I didn't take "drug dealer" literally either when I read it. I thought the OP was just using that as an example.

message 24: by Juan (new)

Juan Mitchell I agree in your opinion that in Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" deception contributed to the plot and mystique. His use of deceiving devices and terminology seems to confuse the reader to the point where we know as much about Gatsby's life as those visitors who attended his extravagant parties.For example, at first Gatsby said he was inherit to his fortune due to the death of his parents(pg.65) ,but as the story progresses,his bio changes.Gatsby, mysterious as he is, would be a great representation of the American Dream nowadays and his death(pg.162) represents the lost hope for achieving the American Dream.

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