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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Sep 25, 07

Read in August, 2007

I just don't get the hype on this one. Then again, I guess there's a reason why this book was unpopular and forgotten about for the first 20-30 years after it was first published. Personally, it makes no difference to me that this is supposed to be an "important" literary novel, as I like to make those conclusions for myself rather than going with the masses just because it's the masses. I found this book to be quite boring and rather depressing. Thankfully it was a short one day read. I am willing to read another Fitzgerald in hopes that I'll have a different opinion. By the way, I found the explanation for the artwork on the cover of the book (which I found on the internet) to be much more interesting than the book.
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Miguel Mayher Honest reviews like this one make me realize I'm not alone in my disappointment with this book.


Karen i'm currently reading it, and i have to say it's pretty boring....i mean i'm seriously TRYING to like it, since everyone says it's so amazing. but the truth is, i feel like i'm reading a textbook hahaha. anyway, i agree. it's quite boring, but i'm gonna try and read it to the end to try and see if it's good. i'm still waiting for the amazing part. but i'm already almost halfway through the book and i haven't read anything amazing yet.

Timothy The book was nowhere near unpopular for a drastic "20-30 years" after its release. A movie was made the year after its publication. Goodness.

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Juan Mitchell While I agree with you in that some parts in the book are very depressing, such as when no one showed at Gatsby's wedding , but still this book is very intriguing in the aspect of wondering who Gatsby really is. At the end of the book we are still not given a clear insight of Gatsby's life which in my opinion contributes to the readability. The artwork is cool but means nothing without context from the book.The slow pace you mentioned also plays a role in this story by deepening the reader into the mindset of Nick Carraway. Like when Nick sees Gatsby for the first time reaching for a green light opposite his dock(pg.21) and through a seemingly slow dialog develops mystique around Gatsby, which made me continue reading after a mediocre beginning.

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