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  1. I thought this was rather dull. What am I missing here? I found none of the characters particularly engaging "old sport" and the writing felt disjointed and messy a lot of the time. The decadence and broken biscuits of the American dream is an interesting, even worthwhile (for the time) subject matter but I just wasn't remotely provoked in any way by this. Why all the fuss?
  2. I very much like they language F. Scott Fitzgerald uses in the book, particularly in the first few chapters. He uses his words very economically, yet is able to convey a very detailed picture of a situation. For example in this snippet: 'It was lonely for a day or so until one morning some man, more recently arrived than I, stopped me on the road. "How do you get to West Egg village?" he asked helplessly. I told him. And as I walked on I was lonely no longer. I was a guide, a pathfinder, an original settler. He had casually conferred on me the freedom of the neighbourhood.' In only a few sentences, you get quite a clear picture of how lonely Nick was at first, and the elation when he finally sees the neighbourhood as his own. I particularly like the last sentence, it contains so much. Through this style, at no point in the book did I think that it was overlong. Unfortunately, in the description of the main characters and their dealings, quite a lot seems to have been lost. Although the story is tragic, I did not have sympathy for any of the characters (apart from a very fleeting sympathy for Gatsby himself), and I can be a very emotional reader. I can't quite put my finger on what is wrong, but I guess I feel I didn't know them well enough, and I assume that comes from too fleeting descriptions. Am I making any sense?
  3. I was totally thrown when I started this book. I had read the blurb about 'girl loves guy-guy goes to fight war-girl marries other guy-first guy comes back-trouble starts', and naturally thought the story would be told from the point of view of one of these characters. And then in the first pages I was terribly confused, until I discovered it was someone else completely. I actually think the book would have been better written from the point of view of Daisy. I still have large question marks about her true feelings for both Gatsby and Tom, and wonder why she acted the way she did at the end. It would have been enlightening to know her thoughts. I can't see much would be lost if Nick's perspective was not there, unless it be that you can be more objective about the three characters involved in the triangle. Look forward to your thoughts on this.
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