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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Feb 13, 2012

really liked it
Recommended to Heather by: David Ulin
Read 2 times. Last read February 12, 2012 to February 18, 2012.

Yeah, I read this in high school. Did I remember it? Not really. Shocking, of course, given how raw and vivid and humid the writing is.

The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time is what inspired me to reread the book, and I was struck this time by how adult the themes and thoughts are. I think it seemed flat and bitter to my 15-year-old self, part of one of those "I'll never" dialogues you have with yourself.

I find it fascinating just how convoluted and viscerally real the critical scene in the book is. I had to think hard and reread repeatedly and still could not give offer a coherent summary of the situation, and that is why I find it so incredibly real -- the way secrets and lies and half-truths are known or unknown (or unconsciously guessed) by the various participants, who each then have different comprehension about the impact and consequences of what occurred... it's masterful.

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Meaghan I just re-read it this summer and liked it much more than I did in school. I'll be interested in your reactions!

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