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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 1998
It truly is. I am quite sure that Fitzgerald is more than capable of writing a work of art. Unfortunately, this is not it.
The plot is very tiresome and the book gets boring FAST. The dialogue is simply the hobnobbing of a bunch of snobs.
All of the characters are quite one-dimensional which allows for minimal character growth and even less character depth.
The only redeeming quality of this book is its use of "color symbolism". But not even a great literary technique can salvage this novel.
In short, DO NOT READ this.
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on August 8, 1999
First I would like to say that I was assigned to read this book in a rather ordinary American high school, which isn't really the best place to be exposed to a book of any kind. Also, I read it some time ago, so the details are a bit foggy, but I do remembermy overall impression of the book.
The story of this book really didn't impress me. I figure that this is because it isn't really that orginal, at least in my eyes. There are so many story with similar plotlines (Guy X likes Girl Y who is married to and unfaithful husband, Guy Z, and various thing that are supposed to be interesting because of this) (sounds like a soap opra)
My main complaint is about the writing style: it is written in a way that excites English teachers, and bores the rest of us (everyone I know [rather inteligent high school students with a slant twards math and science)
This was written quickly and without much thought other that I didn't like the book and would rather be reading something written by Issac Asimov, Douglas Adams, or some other author that doesn't write boring fiction that ends up or resembles that which does end up in high school english class
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on December 3, 1999
Okay. There's a program at my high school in the English department, called "Accelerated Reader". You are assigned a book off of a list, and you are to read it, then take a test about it on the computer. The program is quite helpful (I think), but when I was assigned The Great Gatsby, I was struggling to get through it! There were maybe one or two parts (for me) that made me want to keep reading. The rest I had to jam down my throat. It is well-written, therefore I give it at least one star. But it was so "boring", that I failed my test on the computer! I've aced every other one that I've taken, so I know it can't just be me. No one I know has passed that test either, because it was "just too boring"for them, also.
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on January 12, 2014
I purchased this book looking for 'The Great Gatsby', and what I got was 'The Great Gatsby' along with George Orwell's 1984 included and hidden under the book cover. Now the book is ruined by obvious tampering and completely ruined. This book version is total garbage. Both stories are probably even corrupt by design, word. I hope Amazon removes this to ensure the real book can be purchased.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 1998
This book is a perfect example why kids don't like to read or find it boring. I read this in high school and was turned off by books.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2000
I fail to see why this book is such a literary rave. It's the story about spoiled rich people with no meaning to their lives. If this is the best of the author's works, I won't read any more of his books. There are too many truly good books in the library.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 1999
back in high school, after we were finished with the book, my english teacher told us he never understood why this book was so highly regarded. he called it "stupid." i had never agreed with a teacher until that moment.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2013
This book had certain sections of pages repeated and then a big chunk of pages missing. It pretty much ruined reading it because I found out about a key event in the narrative before I was supposed to :(
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2000
Excellent substitute for valium... The most artificially inflated phenomenon since the 1929 stock market, and likewise this book seems like a worthy instigator of a great depression.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2001
When I was going to high school, I determined that no matter how good or how poor the book, I would always read the English novel assigned to us twice. I was assigned F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" in grade 11. And after reading it over, I concluded that if Mr. Fitzgerald's personality was reflected in his characters, it is quite understandable that Zelda Fitzgerald ended up in an asylum (sp?). That book was the poorest excuse for literature I ever had the displeasure of reading. I did read it twice, but each time, I was disgusted with it. The characters in the story were worthless wastes of human flesh. Daisy was a ditz, Gatsby himself was a possessive stalker and everyone else didn't have enough brains to realize that they were all being used!!
Tom, Daisy's idiot husband, actually took Nick to meet Tom's mistress! How much more stupid is that? Yes, I'm sure everyone with a brain cell wants his wife's family to know he's having an affair. And his mistress, well, all she wanted was to seem important, when everyone knew she wasn't.
Nick was used by everyone, but he did nothing about it. Tom used him, Daisy used him and even Gatsby used him. And all the while, he thought Gatsby was God. He worshiped him.
I wrote my report on the novel and passed it into my professor. I wish I still had a copy of it, because I would post it here. Unfortuneatly, I do not.
In the end, I would recommend this book only to the person who likes to read about stupid people sleeping with each other just to seem important. Or as a cure for insomnia (sp?). I was greatly disgusted with this novel, but that's just my opinion.
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