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message 1: by Liz Janet (new)

Liz Janet I am so glad that someone else did not like this book either. It is not that great, there are better American literature books out there.

message 2: by Mario MJ (new)

Mario MJ Perron Hi Saorise, thank you for such a beautifully written review. I suspect that there are many reasons not to like the characters, such as the odd attitudes of entitlement exhibited by the ultra wealthy. I can understand how the dogmatic americanism here that is only enhanced by the romanticized views of the greatness of this era can be annoying to some. I even see how Fitzgerald's depiction of women can be seen as misogynistic. However, it is in its essence a romantic novel. It will be packed end to end with nostalgic sentiment and perceived idealism. It is placed in a time in American history that many Americans see as very, very romantic. I guess all I'm trying to say, is that it may be enjoyed from other perspectives, including as a study of collective insanity in a country's self-vision. Much like Dickens, Kafka, or Tolstoy... I, and I speak only for myself, enjoyed their works more when I sought to understand the author's experience at the time of writing.

message 3: by Clarissa (new)

Clarissa Exactly how I felt about it.

message 4: by Henry (new)

Henry Avila Wonderful review.

✨    jamieson   ✨ This is my favourite classic ever but I think lots of people can't get into it because of the characters

message 6: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Smith Excellent review, Joey. This wasn't a book I much cared for either - a real dissapointment, in fact.

message 7: by Shahad (new)

Shahad takleef ”Most classics aren’t that Great , anyway . We just pretend they are most of the time “
Haha this is particularly the truest thing I’ve read in a while .

message 8: by Wastrel (new)

Wastrel It's odd how classics happen. Often they're not much liked at the time, and they're generally not much liked in hindsight. But somehow they emerge as 'classics' that everybody has to read because everybody else did...

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