The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is the favorite book of a lot of people. I enjoyed the second half of this novel much more than the first half. The book was quite slow and uninteresting in the first half, not much at all happened. This makes it a very difficult book to review because after reading the entire book I was so moved that the only thing I wanted to do was praise the novel and call it an unquestionable masterpiece. This book ended up being very meaningful to me and because of that it is difficult to be objective, but I think it would be quite unjust to act like the entire book was extraordinary when in reality it was not. But at the end of the day I would rather discuss the parts which I found to be breathtaking than to rant about the parts which I found to be boring.
This book would really benefit of a classroom environment. If you are like me and all the symbolism and meaning goes right over your head when you read by yourself it will result in significantly thinning out the novel in this particular case. Having a deeper understanding of what the text is trying to convey makes the entire reading process a lot more satisfying.
Penguin Essentials - 208 pages
This book is the sort of book that never actually leaves you, it is the sort of book that always lingers in the back of your mind. Gatsby´s obsession with the past, with dreams that never came true, his inability to let go of the past. His constant belief that if one only tries harder, one will be able to reach into the past and fix everything, make everything right. His obsessive hunt after a time when we all were better, less broken and more complete. I find this search after a more innocent past to be a universal idea. We all long for a time when things were less complicated, and in this book Gatsby shows us the consequences of such a dedicated hunt.