“The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story is of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his new love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.
The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.”
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is one of those books that seem to be loved by almost everyone who has read it. Sadly, I did not fall into that character and did not see what everyone had saw in this book the first time I had read it. Maybe I had missed something, or maybe this book just wasn’t for me. Because of this, when I was selecting the books I wanted to re-read during July, this was one of those books I wanted to re-read, simply to see if on reading this a second time around and with me being older, maybe I would finally see what everyone seems to get when they read this classic novel.
Sadly, this was not the case. In fact, I think my rating and my opinion about this book actually went down upon my re-read, as this time I am not afraid to be honest with myself anymore and I was kind of angry and upset with myself for re-reading a book that I really disliked.
I didn’t like the characters within this story and the writing and the story didn’t make up for that fact, giving me anything to cling to or remotely like. I still don’t know why this book is such a classic or why it is so widely beloved, simply as I couldn’t find any redeeming qualities when it came to this book. Only the fact that it was gladly short and I know 100% that upon re-read that this book is definitely not for me and no longer care what I’m not getting.