I had to read this book for my 11th grade English class last month, and I enjoyed it
After reading first chapter, I literally just started randomly gushing about how great it was to my classmates and friends. All of whom looked at me incredulously, because I trash practically every book we have to read for English class. I'm not the type to be impressed with "deeper meanings" of books like Daisy's yellow/white clothing is ~symbolic!~
or the car crash is ~foreshadowing!~
...but The Great Gatsby
is just that good.
Fitzgerald's style is so pretty that it's refreshing. He likes to draw unexpected comparisons between things - like hot air balloons and dresses - in a way that reminds me of Haruki Murakami
. There are whole paragraphs in there that are just...really, really pretty. Ok, my description doesn't do it justice at all, but just trust me on this.
's sarcastic way of describing everything is great. There are a lot of truly hilarious lines, and I actually laughed out loud a few times.
The plot is easy enough to understand, though there are a few wtf moments like the McKee-in-his-underwear-with-Nick scene. A lot of my classmates complained about how there were too many characters
, but after reading Baccano
I felt like rolling my eyes at them.
As is the case with all books, movies, video games and so on, whether it's good book is a matter of opinion. That said, my opinion is that it's a good book.
Most of my classmates didn't like it, and I get the feeling that if I'd read it maybe 3 or 4 years ago, I wouldn't have liked it either. So in the end, I guess I would recommend this to people ages 14 and above.