The first time I read this, I struggled through the seeming monotony of the glitz and glamour of 1920s America, wondering all the while, "When is thisThe first time I read this, I struggled through the seeming monotony of the glitz and glamour of 1920s America, wondering all the while, "When is this going to pick up?" As much as I hate to admit it, it took me more than a single read to get Fitzgerald's message through to me... but once it did, it DID. The second read through (thank goodness it's only 180 pages), I saw how Fitzgerald's ingenious way of conveying his frustration with the decay of American society in general. But ah, I have to cut myself short before I start sounding like an English report!
Long story short: This book was awesome. Read it. :)...more
When I'd read this book, it had been quite a while since I'd picked up anything and finished the wRead this for a class, and... liked it.
Am I insane?
When I'd read this book, it had been quite a while since I'd picked up anything and finished the whole thing front to back. Hawthorne's drawn out ("tedious," according to one of my friends) descriptions of everything fastened my attention to the book, which is a good thing considering I can be quite the unfocused reader at times.
I'll admit I'm not the "deepest" person when it comes to analytical meanings of books, etc, but I really enjoyed the way Hawthorne laid out his characters, their different backgrounds and plights, and how all those factors eventually came together in an exciting climax.
All in all, I can't hate this book; I found it intriguing in the strangest manner, and hey, it got my back on my feet in terms of reading. Can't hate that, now can I? :)...more