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Great classic, very quoteworthy and still relevant today - but needs reading a couple times
17 May 2017
The Great Gatsby is simultaneously a romantic and cynical novel about the lives and unfulfillment of a group of wealthy New Yorkers during the roaring 20s. Fitzgerald paints a grim portrait of shallow characters who maneuver themselves into complex situations. The self-made Gatsby is relentless in pursuance of his dreams, an avant-garde prelude to the notion of the American Dream, hence his assigned ‘Great’-ness. The writing is littered with social commentary and cynical truths that were so ahead of their time, they remain relevant now (100 years on).
Whilst the story is intricate and follows complex characters, with a technically flawless writing style and plot, occasionally I found myself bored while reading it. The shallow and careless characters are difficult to empathise with. Although, for a Classic, I found this to be accessible. I have gleaned more enjoyment as I’ve reread this novel – for example the subtle homoerotic tendencies of the narrator “Nick”.
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