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1.0 out of 5 stars hated it, 29 Mar. 2013
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This booked was recommended to me and was hyped up. What a dull read. The characters are shallow and hard to like, the dialogue is unrealistic, nothing happens, there is no twist to the plot, no clever ending. A short book, but it felt like the longest read ever. Annoyed it was recommended to me. A great classic! Why? Awful!
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Initial post: 10 Apr 2013 12:35:29 BDT
KittyG26 says:
This is exactly what I thought. I'm glad I'm not the only person who feels this way!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 May 2013 15:23:51 BDT
You definitely are NOT alone - I read this many years ago and have recently re-read it. It does not improve on the second encounter and, as far as I am concerned it is still a nasty, sodid little story. Great American novel - well heaven help the rest of American literature.

Posted on 25 May 2013 19:21:10 BDT
The author fully intended that the characters were shallow and hard to like, it was a criticism of the wealthy in the roaring 20s:

"Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me. They possess and enjoy early, and it does something to them, makes them soft where we are hard, and cynical where we are trustful, in a way that, unless you were born rich, it is very difficult to understand. They think, deep in their hearts, that they are better than we are because we had to discover the compensations and refuges of life for ourselves. Even when they enter deep into our world or sink below us, they still think that they are better than we are. They are different. "

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2013 09:02:53 BDT
Yes, I agree with what you say about the very rich BUT I still do not like this book - it is a nasty, little sordid story with the author's intended 'shallow, hard' characters.
Just because many people say that it is a 'classic', certainly does not mean that I and others of similar opinion have to like it.
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