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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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May 16, 11

Read from April 24 to 25, 2011

So, this is supposed to be the the great American novel, huh? Well, personally I'm not sure about that right now although I can understand why many people tend classify it as such. The Great Gatsby is certainly a splendid, beautiful written and scathing indictment of American culture; a cynical and accurate depiction of the crumbling American dream after WWI (which is of course, still prevalent today) caused by rampant moral depravity and superficial materialism. The corruption of moral and ethical values with greed and selfishness creates displacement in the individual where a self-identity is tied only wealth and social rank. It seems that nothing much has changed with American culture since the 1920's and perhaps Fitzgerald was right, maybe that green-light will always be out of reach.
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Reading Progress

04/24/2011 page 4
2.0% "Ok, lets see what all the fuss is about."
04/25/2011 page 103
57.0% "Hoping to finish it today. Pretty damn good so far."

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