Another of the novels on my to-read list, i picked this book up at the local library, and being thinner than most books that i read, i thought it would be easy to read and follow as well as quick to actually read. i also need to know this book by heart for my english lit a level, so i thought that i might as well read it while i was in the mood for reading!!
Surprisingly easy to read, being classic and all, and it was clear from practically the start why it is considered one of the best amercian literature novels of the XX century, because the descriptions of the 20s are really, really good. though the characters are a little stereotypical of this era, i loved the love triangles and plots in t he novel, and actually really liked the ending (well, near the ending) when the main character dies and it is made clear that he was only wanted for his money, which is very representative of the era and makes for an interesting read, as it shows what people do for love :) more so that other classics that ive read, this has quite a lot of short dialogue, which if the descriptions are a little tedious or the vocabulary is a little difficult (which it isnt but there are a lot of twenties vocab which may need looking up), the dialogue sorts it out pretty quickly and also brings to life the characters, especially that of Daisy, Nick and Jordan. though Gatsby doesnt have a huge amount to say, the things he does in relation to others brings him to life perhaps better than other characters, and shows the two sides to him that an outsider wouldnt have seen.
Happily, i would give this book a 9 out of 10 (great, as im going to have to read this loads next year!) only marking it down by the length. the edicion that i read was only 200 pages and it seemed like the climax came pretty quickly after the lengthy introductions and groundings of what has been going on. i would also have liked to see some other aspect of American life, especially in New York, as the characetrs only seemed to go there to work and to party….