Short Stories, Irish literature, Classics, Modern Fiction and Contemporary Literary Fiction, The Japanese Novel and post Colonial Asian Fiction, Yiddish Literature, The Legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and quality historical novels are some of my Literary Interests

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1923)

My Prior Posts on F. Scott Fitzgerald 

Prior to this reading, my last encounter with The Great Gatsby was in February 2009, shortly before I began The Reading Life.  I also read it maybe forty years ago.  I remember in 2009 being completely enthralled by the sheer magnifice of the last ten pages.  Everyone who writes about the experience of reading The Great Gatsby says something along these same lines.  On this reading somehow I felt this from the very start. I was much more impacted on this reading than on my last.   The Great Gatsby is a supreme work of art.

The Great Gatsby is on most short lists for tne  "Great American Novel".  It is very widely taught in American schools.  

It seems like a simple story about a semi-shady character who got rich by mysterious means but it is so much more.  Most of the male characters served in World War I and  this is very important.  I really feel right now inadequate to convey the wonder that is The Great Gatsby in a blog post. You really have to ponder it line by line, savory it as you can.   I have it In my read in 2016 collection on my E Reader.  


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Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Mel, I'm guilty of not reading this book yet. Thanks for the inspiration.

Jillian said...

This book is definitely a transcendent one. I love that no matter how old it is now, it is still greatly appreciated by all ages!