Book Review: The Great Gatsby


Title: The Great Gatsby
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald

I would be lying if I told you that I read the book because of the film. Honestly I have never heard that this book would be adapted to a film, let alone knew that Leonardo DiCaprio would play in it. This is a plain coincidence and I don’t want to argue with anyone who doesn’t believe it (since it has nothing to do with my review). And, since I haven’t watched the film, I would not compare or make a reference to the film at all. Bear with me, this is going to be boring for the book-hater.

First of all, I don’t know if 1925 novel is considered as a classic, but I think compared to other “classic” book I have read, this is a little bit more reader friendly. It doesn’t have complicated wordings, and story line. I can say that the plot is a little bit flat and slow and the only thing keep me reading until the end is the knowledge that the book is quite thin and  I really want to know what the hell is going on with that goddamn Gatsby.

I think the characterisation of Gatsby is the strength of this novel, and I guess that Fitzgerald did a good job with the title. The story itself is a bit straightforward and you understand the problem right away. However, I should say that the story is very dark and depressing to read.

Sometimes when I read that book, I expected some satire, a dark humour to lift me up from the depression while following the story. But instead of getting a consolation, the only moral of the story is that: sometimes bad things are left unpunished. That’s crappy. Good crappy. How so?

I think it is incredible that a writer could make a crappy ending good because of the way he write it. Of course, the ending is not how I want it to end, but I can forgive the writer because he could make a beautiful crap out of it. Imagine when your cute little puppy tore away your ready to hand in papers in the night just before the deadline. You know.

Would I recommend my friends to read it? Actually, I would. I think this book is a good start for people to start reading a good material. It’s thickness is just perfect for a beginner in classics like me. Go for it. And better, read it before watching the film, because from experience I know that after you watch the film, you don’t really want to read anymore ;p



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