I don't get it, old sport...
I recently read this book for a lit class. The characters were intriguing and the plot had an air of mystery about it. I enjoyed the time period, the descriptions of decadent parties, and I was fascinated by the motivations of the characters.
However, I don't think I really got it. My classmates and my teacher seemed to find a lot of symbolism and important themes in the book. To me it was a story about a dude was doing some shady business, a chick who was kinda ditzy, a jerkhole who was the designated villain, murder, and a self-contradictory narrator. I don't know, maybe I missed something.
Also, it felt incomplete. I felt like the nine chapters of TGG should have been part of a larger novel covering a broader period of time. I wish it had gone more in depth into Gatsby's past and resolved Nick and Jordan's relationship in a "cleaner" and more complete way.
Anyways, it's worth reading once so that you can say you have.