A Reader posted a review at 2007-10-25 08:43:04.
I've just finished reading The Great Gatsby, and i LOVED it!
As with all of my favourite novels, it was completely different to how i had expected it be, a real surprise. Gatsby is at once a stubborn, self-indulgent man, and yet incredibly vulnerable and strangely lovable. He is the underdog whose single-minded determination to better himself is the classic ideal of the 'American Dream'. And yet, this is no 'God bless America' story of good triumphing over evil, of the poor man finding happiness in a land of opportunity, of 'truth, justice, and the American way'. Instead, it's Fitzgerald questioning the true meaning of the American Dream, and indeed whether it really exists. I got the impression of a writer somewhat disillusioned with 1920's America, and almost disgusted at the flippant attitude towards others of the wealthy chattering-classes.
The writing is beautiful and perfectly paced, all written from the point of view of Nick Carraway, an emigre of the mid-west to New York, who we would suspect is based more than loosely on Fitzgerald himself.
This deserves its accreditation as one of the great American novels. It's a study of America, and Americanism, and just exactly what those terms mean to a person living not only in the 1920's, but in the America of today.