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May 9th, 2013

Project Edification: May @ 09:21 pm

If I'm really into a book, I can knock off a hundred and fifteen pages in about an hour and a half.

The Great Gatsby took four days.

It actually reminded me quite a bit of a period romance novel. People with more money than sense living a life of endless parties. The problem is, there are no heroes here. And instead of delightful wickedness hidden behind a veneer of elegance, you've got petty and stupid people throwing up in the flowerbeds. It was horrible people being horrible to each other, and the only idealist in the entire book is living so far in his head that he doesn't even see what the woman he thinks he's in love with is actually like. He acts as though they're both still nineteen, and when Daisy doesn't follow his romantic script for happily-ever-after, he loses it. The entire fucked up climax was entirely his fault.

Bleah. Hated Tom, hated Daisy, hated Jordan, felt nothing for Nick, and thought Jay Gatsby was way too douchey to actually like for real. I could go on, but the best part of this being a self-directed project is that I don't have to conform to a word count. I didn't like this book, and I'll leave it at that.
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Date:May 10th, 2013 07:09 am (UTC)
the only thing i really remember about the great gatsby is how soon after reading it i had completely forgotten it. most overrated book ever.
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Date:May 22nd, 2013 03:05 am (UTC)
I read it a couple of weeks ago, downloaded it from Gutenberg.AU. I pretty much agree with what you've written, it's a book about horrible people and there are no heroes. The book is a study of bad people who are not deserving of respect, but since they have scads of cash, they don't really care.

I actually felt kind of sad for the people in the book leading such hollow and petty lives. There are times when I think that perhaps I have too much empathy.