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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Apr 20, 2008

it was amazing
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Read in January, 2006

I have to thank my year 12 English Literature tutor for choosing this text because it turned out to be one of my enduring favourites. It epitomises all that's glitteringly enticing and at the same time cold and horrifying about the roaring twenties. I'm a romantic like Nick Carraway, and I think this often skews my perception of the world I inhabit (though as a creative/artist, this seems somewhat forgivable), though I also feel moments of cool privileged detachment so I'm kind of like Jordan Baker too.

You can feel Fitzgerald's own ambivalence—or rather that lull between what is true and what you want so desperately to be real—in his poetic language. The final paragraphs linger on even when you close the book.

One of the most disturbing parts of the novel to me has to be when Daisy starts crying over Gatsby's beautiful shirts. I think that just sums it up.
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