Well I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I only just read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Well, I suppose my excuse for not having read this classic is that I am not American.
Fitzgerald wrote this book in 1922, just after World War I. It is a book about the state of Americans at the time, eastern America at least. I don’t actually know anything about that time period, but this being a classic I assume it’s all accurate.
The rich get richer and the poor get –children
The American dream. Yeah, I suppose we can call it the American dream.
Well Jay Gatsby is a…….business man? He seems to be quite a mystery to the other characters on this book. It is unclear where his wealth comes from. Some say inheritance, some say drug store business, some think bootlegging. Certainly the narrator Nick Carraway, a bonds dealer, can’t wait to meet Gatsby in the beginning.
Well this rather short read should have taken me no more than half a day even at my reading pace, but it ended up taking me 2 days because it was just so darn boring. As hinted at above, I don’t know enough of this particular time period to have any fondness or dislike for it. That being said, there must be some sort of excitement to draw me in. There just wasn’t. The Great Gatsby actually reminds me of a Jane Austen novel, but the writing does not have the flair or style that a Jane Austen novel has.
I hesitate to call this novel a historical fiction. It was a contemporary novel at the time of writing since the author wrote in the time period that he lived in. That time period just happens to be 90 years ago. I guess I will call it a realistic fiction. Now let’s spend a sentence or two talking about the title, The Great Gatsby. What makes this man Gatsby so great? Nothing. Why is he important enough for me to learn about his life? I can’t think of a reason. If you read scholarly reviews they will brow beat you with all the symbolism and metaphors in this book, but it still remains a boring book.
Not worth the read in my opinion.