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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Book Review

I wanted to read a book sent in the 20’s since forever… I think it’s just this whole Jazz Age atmosphere of money, alcohol and parties all decked out in gold and shine. I was mesmerised as any extrovert would be by all this glitz and glamour and wanted to finally read something with this extravagance in the background and what better to start with than the book that cemented the Great American Dream than The Great Gatsby?

I must admit I have watched the movie countless amounts of times and LOVED it. Every time I was itching to pick the book up to see if it draws the same pictures as Baz Luhrmann did in my mind. And yes, indeed Luhrmann’s movie and Fitzgerald’s book draw many similarities. In fact, I believe it may be one of the only movies that’s got every single detail of a novel in my many years of living. I found myself remembering scenes from the movie in the book and I found the book even helped me to draw better connections between each character such as the relationship between Mrs Wilson, Daisy and Tom.

I guess the only negative was that this book made me hate Daisy. After a tragedy occurred with Mr Gatsby, she just left and didn’t look back. At the end I got so annoyed by her and her actions I wanted to rip her out of the pages of The Great Gatsby! Though, as tragic as it seems I do understand the whole money and society thing which surrounded Daisy and the outcome of the story.

I do understand why this is an American classic but I found the character relationships with one another confusing to understand. I was lucky that someone explained it to me because if I went in without their aid I wouldn’t have known a single thing about the love triangle and knotted mess of Nick, Gatsby, Daisy’s etc lives. Additionally, I found it hard to relate to the characters and could not even determine the true facts about Gatsby from the fake ones. I also disliked the dialogue especially from the women. The dialogue that Gatsby even used: “Old sport” got a bit old as well and I got sick of it in the book. I’m sure if I was born a century ago I would’ve found this a delight to read but I just wasn’t feeling it and I was expecting higher from a book that sounded like my cup of tea. But unfortunately I have to rate this lowly: a 2.3 from me.