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message 1: by Tracy O (new)

Tracy O Yes. You got it.

message 2: by Jay (new)

Jay Kim yes it is and i was one of high school students who read this book, and it was wonderful book..

message 3: by Reggia (last edited Nov 26, 2010 02:27PM) (new)

Reggia Indeed! it was the prose itself that so enchanted me.

message 4: by Rolls (new)

Rolls cool man. cogent and clever.

message 5: by Rolls (new)

Rolls I think that though the phrase "american dream" was not coined til later, Horatio Alger certainly had stuffed the idea that a man can rise from "rags to riches" (yeah another cliche. i know. i know.)firmly in the american public's sack of fantasies long before Gatsby. It's Gatsby's idea that money automatically equals respect and acceptance that dooms him.

message 6: by blue corpse (new)

blue corpse I completely agree with your initial statements--Gatsby is so oft overlooked and under-appreciated by those subjected to it during highschool. While the quality of Fitzgerald's prose could be appreciated (or pointed out to) anyone, it is the mere fact that most people, as they go through life, find themselves in the shoes of one of these characters of misfortune that there are such divisive views between the young and old readers of this masterpiece.

message 7: by Gary (new)

Gary  the Bookworm I agree that it is wasted on teenagers. When I reread it in college I was stunned at how powerful it is. Reading again in my forties provoked different reactions. Life Huckleberry Finn it needs to be revisited often over a lifetime.

message 8: by James (new)

James Copeland I was one of the few people in my high school class that found this book powerful and entertaining.

message 9: by Lena (new)

Lena Tumasyan Totally agreed with you. I was NOT able to follow this book in High School and quite hated it. Now, in my wise years lol, I have a better appreciation.

message 10: by Taylor (new)

Taylor I thought it so bad, I literally couldn't read past the first chapter in high school. I had to fail all the tests. But what I wanted out of a book then was much different.

Now much older, I'll have to reread it and see what it has to offer. I'm interested in what it meant to be American in different time periods; what was similar and different to now.

message 11: by Frederico (new)

Frederico I'm in high school and decided to read this by my own, not school. And it's so freakin awesome

message 12: by Bill (new)

Bill Szczytko The last paragraph is all you needed for your review. ;) Just brilliant.

message 13: by Candice (new)

Candice Altman I absolutely agree. I did not appreciate this novel when I was younger. I picked it back up recently and was struck by the beauty of the prose and the relevance of the plot. Genius.

message 14: by M.L. (new)

M.L. Glad I'm not the only person who reread this and realized how incapable I was of understanding it as a high schooler.

message 15: by Andaleeb (new)

Andaleeb Great review ! It makes me want to read it again.

message 16: by Marilyn (new)

Marilyn Beautiful review. I have to recommend listening to the Blackstone audio. It's like listening to a long poem.... Just an excellent experience

message 17: by Elaine (new)

Elaine Amen to that. :-)

message 18: by Ny'quiesha (new)

Ny'quiesha Wychee I'm currently reading it. And I just don't get it. I love reading, believe me. But this book is a challenge. Help me

message 19: by Ny'quiesha (new)

Ny'quiesha Wychee I'm currently reading it. And I just don't get it. I love reading, believe me. But this book is a challenge. Help me

message 20: by Jossue (new)

Jossue I agree. I am a high school student and I understood the book but I didn't really appreciate it as much.

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