Becky’s Eighty-Eighth Book Review: “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a book that I read in grade school when it was assigned. I read it like I was required to, but I never felt a real connection with the book. I never felt overwhelmed with emotion while reading the book. This was just as true the second time around that I read it. I know that “The Great Gatsby” is considered a classic, but I really don’t get what all the fuss is about. Perhaps I’m just jaded in my perspective on books. The reason that I picked up “The Great Gatsby” to reread is because of the movie coming out. The previews looked so good that it made me want to read the book again. I’m pretty sure that I will enjoy the movie a lot more than I enjoyed the book. I mean, just take a look at the cast! (I can’t be the only one who loves Leonardo DiCaprio)
Despite the fact that I found the book to be less than an ideal read, there were some moments where I was quite entertained by the language that Fitzgerald uses. “He smiled understandingly—much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced—or seemed to face—the whole external world for an instant, and then concentrated on you, with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believe in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey.” (The Great Gatsby, pg 48). The thing is, while I was reading the book, I spent most of the time wondering when it would all be over. That isn’t the reaction that you want from your audience, but that is how I felt when reading “The Great Gatsby”. It was just too slow for me.
Would I recommend this book? I don’t know. I mean, it seems to be a book that everyone should read, but at the same time, there are so many good books out there that it seems unnecessary to waste your time reading a book that was ‘only ok’. There are some classics that I completely understand why they got that title, and then there are others such as “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald that I just don’t understand the big deal.


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