I've decided to go back and re-read this classic in memory of the author J.D. Salinger. It's been quite sometime since i last read his most famous boo...moreI've decided to go back and re-read this classic in memory of the author J.D. Salinger. It's been quite sometime since i last read his most famous book, I'm overdue. (less)
I would be lying if I said this book wasn't atleast somewhat interesting. I would also be lying if I said it was mind-blowing. Why this is such an Ame...moreI would be lying if I said this book wasn't atleast somewhat interesting. I would also be lying if I said it was mind-blowing. Why this is such an American Classic baffles me? It's not horrible, don't get me wrong, but it doesn't feel like some huge literary monster either. Fitzgerald feels like he's writing at me not for me, if that makes sense. And, it feels like I could sum up his 180 pages in a short essay. What I'm getting at is he puts to much 'fluff' and descriptions that the story almost gets watered down and lost.
Also, why is this another one of those books that the "cool kids" say they like just to be considered hip or cool?!?!?!?! It's literary snobbery at its finest. I enjoy reading classics, but I'm not ashamed to say my shelf also includes Young Adult, Biographies, Comedies, historical fiction, etc. (I have to note that when I'm talking, I am most definitely talking about someone that I know extrememly well and consider to be a close friend. She/He always takes these big classic books and claims they are just so wonderful and great, but I'm beginning to wonder if this person has really ever read them) Harsh, yes. But, you see I know this person and while we are not even close to being twins, we usually have similar tastes in pretty much everything... it just leaves me thinking "She's just saying this to feel smart and hip, isn't she?!?!?" Well, Isn't she?!?!?!?! Maybe I should get off my soap box now.
Anyway's 3.5 stars.
I will leave you with my favorite passage in the book:
"Gastby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter-to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther... And one fine morning- So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
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I am angry at myself for not listening to everyone about this one. I really should have picked...moreStreet Corner Tbr Challenge August pick #2 per Flannery
I am angry at myself for not listening to everyone about this one. I really should have picked this up ages ago. I literally just finished reading this 20 minutes ago... I could not get enough. I did not want to put it down. I'm on vacation and I just spent 2.5 hours reading this bad boy. I love it. I just want to squeeze this book.
Alex has such an aventurous spirit. He seems like such a laid back, likeable, good guy. He might have been a little out there with some of his idealology, but he feels like the kind of guy who wouldn't hurt a fly. To me, he is brave. To just pack up, give away all your possessions and head out into the wild yonder would terrify me. No money, no car, no food... He just fascinates me. I feel grief for the family. He had so much to offer the world. It again raises the question, why does only the good die young?
If you are like me and have been living under a rock and haven't read this yet... DO IT...NOW!!!!
Praise the lord and pass the amunition, I am finished with this beast of a book. My brain feels like sludge, I just want to crawl into a hole and forg...morePraise the lord and pass the amunition, I am finished with this beast of a book. My brain feels like sludge, I just want to crawl into a hole and forget all that was engrained into my poor head. Why, oh why did I have the noble idea to read such a monster? How am I supposed to rate such s#@$????? I believe, like some of you that this might have been better had I read it in a class or with a group. Alone it was fingernails to chalkboard miserable.
After reading this, it just makes you feel hopeless.
Hallelujah, it's over. Never again, Orwell.... Never again!
Sidenote: I did a little experiment on facebook about this book... I wrote in my status that I was reading '1984', anybody have any opinions? Almost everyone of the commenters wrote how much they enjoyed this book and how it was one of their favorite books ever. While I am sure that maybe 1 of them was being truthful, I have to doubt atleast half of them..... Now I ask, Why do people lie about certain books? Do they think it makes them look smarter? Cooler? Well-rounded? I just don't get it, if you don't like something you don't like it. It's not neccessary to like it for classic book sake. This might not be making sense to some of you.... maybe you would have to know the people who were commenting, I don't know. But, I am sure all of you have been in a bookstore or talking with a co-worker, etc., and they spout out some well known "hip" book that they just 'adore'. You know this person and it's hard to see them reading period, much less what they are talking about.
I guess my point is, don't be a fake book talker. Like it, Yay. Don't like it, Yay. I'm not going to think less of you for not liking something you "SHOULD" like by literary standards.