So basically when I think of Jay Gatsby I think of Charles Foster Kane. A man who tried to buy love and lost. The characters are mostly deplorable and the story is basically about rich people and their problems; a lot of which they self-inflict. The writing is amazing!!! The first chapter and the last chapter are so memorable and the way Fitzgerald writes his characters is incredible. He is superbly talented! The atmosphere is incredible and is what makes this story so great.
I recommend! Just don't expect to like the characters or the fates that await them.
5.0 out of 5 starsWonderful book. I am happy I gave it a second chance.
19 October 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
I must admit, I hated this book when I had to read it in college. However, over the summer my 14-year-old niece decided to read it as part of a her summer reading project so I decided to order this book and read it along with her. I guess I am one of those people who needed a decade or two of life to really appreciate the themes and ideas explored in this book as my stance has changed - I really enjoy this book and am glad I gave it another chance. My niece really enjoys it too save for one issue: many of the books she now has to read at school she views as "long winded garbage," perhaps Fitzgerald has set the bar too high for some modern-day writers.
All in all, if you are looking for a relatively quick read that is drenched in meaning, or a relatively quick read about a romance gone awry, then this book is for you. Though you might want to keep a link to Cliffsnotes available if you want to explore every last drip of meaning from this book.