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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Jul 20, 12

bookshelves: fiction, fic-literary-mainstream
Read from July 04 to 16, 2012

I remember being completely confounded by this book in high school. It was required reading, after all, about which we were forced to discuss the symbolism of the green dock light and the rain and many other things, all of which felt like work and was entirely uninteresting to me at the time. Not to mention that my reading interests were less focused on the poetry of language than the entertainment of the plot (Stephen King was a big hit with me at the time).

Reading it again now, I am struck with how profoundly beautiful this book is. The writing is clean, simple, and gorgeous, and while many of the characters in the book are not easily likeable, they are certainly fascinating. The Great Gatsby has now been added to my list of favorites.
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07/04/2012 page 22
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07/09/2012 page 96
53.0% "So, so beautifully written. I'm not surprised I didn't like this when it was required reading, but at the same time I am. It's wonderful."
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A~lotus Maybe I should read this book again now that I'm not in junior high or in high school. lol


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Shelley The year before I took the class that this was required reading, I read through the paper a friend of mine was writing about the use of color in the book. I was so intrigued by her essay that I read it that summer and loved it! When it was required reading, I read it again. It's been one of my favorite books since.


Andrea Blythe I definitely recommend rereading it, especially for those who love poetry. The writing is simply beautiful. :)


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