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1.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably awful - an insult to Gatsby's memory, 21 Oct 2008
This review is from: The Double Bind (Vintage Contemporaries (Paperback)) (Paperback)
The Great Gatsby is pretty much my favourite book, so I was intrigued to hear about this 'modern twist' on it. I was thinking along the lines of 'retellings' like 'Wide Sargasso Sea' or 'Mrs de Winter'. Unfortunately, it turned out to be the worst piece of writing I've ever laid eyes on - an eight-year-old's 'what I did at the weekend' homework would have more literary merit. There are books you know are bad but you still can't put them down ('The Da Vinci Code' anyone?)... this, on the other hand, is a book so bad you can't pick it up.
It starts off with a protracted and deeply unpleasant rape scene, then goes off into an implausible tale of the victim finding some photos that may or may not be of a random homeless man who may or may not be something to do with an old woman claiming to be Daisy Buchanan. And every page is padded out with endless, painfully pointless description, not to mention the cringeworthy dialgue. I barely got halfway through this drivel, but I've been told [spoiler alert!] that the ending is along the lines of 'and then I woke up and it was all a dream'.
I'm just glad the links to Scott Fitzgerald are so tenuous that this pile of nonsense should sink without a trace, never to be mentioned in the same breath as Gatsby.
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