The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (2)
A book about the American dream, new rich versus old rich, and the notion of success. A very good book, but perhaps a bit overrated. The lyrical style is very impressive, and I commend its brevity, but really at the end of the novel, are you anywhere different than when you began. The achievement seems to me to be the tightness of the story told, which is fortunate, since the out of order story telling sometimes makes it difficult to figure out what has happened. Though Gatsby is certainly very good, I don’t find it greatly superior to, say, To Kill a Mockingbird, which is perhaps not as lyrically impressive, but an excellent example of this style of novel, nevertheless.
[Originally written June 12, 2002]