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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Jun 08, 13

Read in June, 2013

Every once in a while I have to pick up a classic that I missed along the way. And with the new Baz Luhrmann film in theaters, this seemed like the perfect time to tackle The Great Gatsby. It was an easy read and a somewhat interesting story, but nothing very powerful about it. The beginning and end sections had particularly enigmatic writing. And the main story is a bit flimsy, a loose plot just circling around the vacant Nick Carraway.

But maybe this book really is just a vehicle to showcase the intriguing character of Jay Gatsby. He is the only person fleshed out in the novel, the only person we are really curious about. And Fitzgerald does a fine job of opening Gatsby up to us, his vast successes and his humbling failings. The end of his life, when no-one attends his funeral, is perhaps the saddest statement of the novel.
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