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message 1: by Petra X (new)

Petra X Great review. Absolutely on target.


message 2: by Kemper (new)

Kemper Petra X wrote: "Great review. Absolutely on target."

Thanks!


message 3: by Taylor (new)

Taylor Napolsky yeah man, excellent review


message 4: by Kemper (new)

Kemper Taylor wrote: "yeah man, excellent review"

Thanks!


message 5: by Taylor (new)

Taylor Napolsky It's completely true though, a modern day gatsby wouldn't have had to deal with the infamy or degradation that he receives in the book.


message 6: by Kemper (new)

Kemper Taylor wrote: "It's completely true though, a modern day gatsby wouldn't have had to deal with the infamy or degradation that he receives in the book."

Nope. He'd have his own reality tv show.


message 7: by Noran (new)

Noran Miss Pumkin So enjoy your reviews-thanks for the time and efforts you put into them!


message 8: by Kemper (new)

Kemper Noran wrote: "So enjoy your reviews-thanks for the time and efforts you put into them!"

Thanks! Glad you enjoy them.


message 9: by Jonnie (new)

Jonnie Comet Once when I was teaching this book I opened the classroom discussion of Chapter 6 with the question: 'Why is Anna Nicole Smith famous?' (This was in the days before she died.) The conclusion I hoped they would get is that Anna Nicole Smith is famous because she is famous. That's really all there is to it.

The same goes for Jay Gatsby. No-one knows why he is someone worth notice; but he is. Kemper, you are correct in suggesting that the characters' fascination with this enigma is sort of parallel to how we view reality-TV stars today. They're no-one special; yet we seem to idolise them. So it is with JG.


message 10: by Fatin (new)

Fatin Just finished the novel! I didn't love it, but I love your review.


message 11: by Jojo (new)

Jojo I'm with Fatin Nawaz I think we in the present might be a little sensitive with stories that are very common like the Great Gatsby.


message 12: by Angela (new)

Angela And I'm agree with you.


message 13: by Angela (new)

Angela And I'm agree with you.


message 14: by Angela (new)

Angela And I'm agree with you.


message 15: by Forrest (new)

Forrest Taylor is it bad that i read this whole thing in jon benjamin's voice


message 16: by Libby (new)

Libby Wonderful, wonderful review


message 17: by Trina (new)

Trina So true!


message 18: by Kemper (new)

Kemper Forrest wrote: "is it bad that i read this whole thing in jon benjamin's voice"


I hope that everyone does.


message 19: by Kemper (new)

Kemper Libby wrote: "Wonderful, wonderful review"

Thanks!


message 20: by Terry (new)

Terry Great review Kemper even though you totally missed the point and got it wrong! Kudos.


message 21: by Kemper (new)

Kemper Terry wrote: "Great review Kemper even though you totally missed the point and got it wrong! Kudos."

At least I'm consistent.


message 22: by Heather (new)

Heather Very funny - and you better be with that profile pic. :)


message 23: by Khryste (new)

Khryste Spot on review. I was just thinking about this theme yesterday. Throughout time rich assholes have gotten away with heinous crimes similar to those in Gatsby. It seems that at the present these miscarriages of justice are at their worst.


message 24: by Kemper (new)

Kemper Heather wrote: "Very funny - and you better be with that profile pic. :)"

It's a lot to live up to.


message 25: by Kemper (new)

Kemper Khryste wrote: "Spot on review. I was just thinking about this theme yesterday. Throughout time rich assholes have gotten away with heinous crimes similar to those in Gatsby. It seems that at the present these mis..."

Thanks!


message 26: by Loren (new)

Loren It's always interesting to me this re-interpretation of classic literature. When I originally read this novel while attending a prestigious ivy high school in the affluent Riverdale, New York nonetheless I simply detested the Jay & all his friends for I was in fact the Nick Carraway of this situation, always observing the caveat emptors play themselves out in the country homes of the Hamptons. This is in fact a cautionary tale which eloquently showcases the ignorance and corruption of those of wealth, power and bloodline. But today, scoffs, this story is celebrated for all the wrong reasons.


message 27: by GCaceres (new)

GCaceres I totally agree with you. Gatsby was born ahead of his time. He was born in a time period where the American society didn’t appreciate success and saw it as a weakness. In today’s society to observe someone transition from poverty to wealth and fame is inspirational and admirable. In today’s world not many have the dedication and perseverance that Gatsby had to achieve his dream. His dream to be with Daisy gave him the strength to change and transitioned to a different social circle he didn’t belong to and had to sacrificed his identity for a woman who didn’t deserve it… Gatsby’s story would have been different if he had been given more time to open his eye and see the real Daisy Fay. He would have had a happy ending where the American dream didn’t end in tragedy.


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