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message 1: by Misty (new)

Misty Dawn Here here! Talk about accessible - if Costanza can make a running joke about it in Seinfeld, you know it's played. Plus that Jay really gets on my tits.

message 2: by Noel (new)

Noel R That is a fabulous review

message 3: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Truly great review, well argued and clearly articulated

message 4: by Fionna (new)

Fionna think you covered it, I'm one of those mums ha ha!

message 5: by Daisy (new)

Daisy Luo Great review

message 6: by Sj (new)

Sj Love it!

message 7: by Molly (new)

Molly I really enjoyed your review. Well done!

message 8: by AMY (new)

AMY I enjoyed reading your review. I also liked the format of this story because it was so very short and easy to read. I found the topic was easy to read to and this kept me picking up the book for several days. I completely loved it. I agree with what you said on historical context and how easily accessible this book is. Have you read any other stories by this author? I was thinking of reading another one of his. Do you know of any other classics by him?

message 9: by Gina (new)

Gina I've read This Side of Paradise and liked it fine. I've also read some of his short stories; the one I remember most fondly is May Day. I'm glad you enjoyed the review; I appreciate the love! Also, a non-Fitzgerald book that I just reread and think is wonderful is The Age of Innocence.

AMY wrote: "I enjoyed reading your review. I also liked the format of this story because it was so very short and easy to read. I found the topic was easy to read to and this kept me picking up the book for ..."

message 10: by Gina (new)

Gina Thanks everyone for the nice comments! I'm glad that other people enjoy the review. Happy reading!! =)

message 11: by Caroline (new)

Caroline I couldn't agree more when you attribute the popularity of this book to its length. I've read this book multiple times and I still have a hard time seeing why it's a favorite for so many. I enjoy the setting and the descriptiveness but there are many books out there just as good that don't the same amount of credit. I think the shortness and that it is assigned in so many high school and college curriculums make it the favorite modern classic for people who don't read on their own or don't have the time to read.

message 12: by Kashmir (new)

Kashmir White Sometimes characters are vapid, two-dimensional and cliche because they're supposed to be. Sometimes narrators are just plain icky, and sometimes we're not supposed to be told what to think about certain people, eras or situations. Of course there's the underlying message of Gatsby, about the power to dream and hope as well as the corruption of the American dream. But often a novel's conciseness leaves the reader space to form their own opinions. I will say this: there are shorter books that are so tedious I'd rather have a root canal than read them again. I think this book is worthy of its classic status. It may not appeal to everyone, of course, but I believe the reasons it has endured for so long have nothing to do with its length.

message 13: by Laura (new)

Laura Gillard I really enoyed reading your review! I didn't have to read this book at school which probably helped with my enjoyment, I haven't yet gone back to those I did have to study so was very interesting to read how you found revisting the book.

message 14: by Michael (new)

Michael O'Neill I loved your review. You covered it very well. But, although there is probably truth to your opinion that it's length is part of its appeal, I think It is Fitzgerald's artistry of the English language that makes is so easy to read. Every sentence is perfect. The backdrop of the Jazz Age is simply that -- a backdrop. Reading this book is like drinking water.

message 15: by Diamond (new)

Diamond Great review. I'm thinking to reread Gatsby. I wonder if I'll change my mind about my favorite Fitzgerald novel being This Side of Paradise. I really don't think Gatsby was his best work.

message 16: by Traci (new)

Traci At the same time, it should never diminish its truly admirable ability to tease apart some of the most confounding qualities American culture values: money, beauty, youth, hard work, and the ever effusive, love." Love this. Great review!

message 17: by Cheryl (new)

Cheryl I am glad I went back and read it. Maybe one weekend I will do the movie version marathon. It should make a good film. More complicated books have made successful, if not faithful, transitions.

message 18: by Liz (new)

Liz Sheets Great review!

message 19: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Walters Great review.

Susan (the other Susan) Well said. In part, it's brevity might make Gatsby the most American of all the classic American novels.

Susan (the other Susan) Its not it's. Autocorrect is my enemy.

message 22: by Jossue (new)

Jossue I actually think I might go and read it again when I'm older because I agree as a high school student it's not the same.

message 23: by David (new)

David Gocool I concur

message 24: by Virginia (new)

Virginia You have not mentioned what to me is particularly notable about this novel. I often ask myself, was Fitzgerald particularly prescient in 1925, or would any wise man see what was coming? The Great Gatsby is a fine metaphor for what was coming in 1929-1930:: it depicted a circus-tent speculative-bubble that would suddenly fold when common- sense met illusion (nick Caraway met Gatsby, Daisy/atom)

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