A Reader posted a review at 2010-04-27 02:39:23.
I liked this book, but I didn't just love it...so why did I rate it 4 stars? The truth is that - though it wasn't "great" - I liked that it made me think.
This book reminded me of how much I truly detest pretentious and snobby people. I despise people who can't be true to themselves and those around them, and who put more stock in material things and impressing people than actually being good and honest people themselves.
This entire story was tragic. First, there really were no likable characters because nobody was true to himself. And, along with that, there were no honest people in this book with the possible exception of Carraway.
Daisy professed to love Gatsby, but not enough to marry him when he was poor; and though he eventually came to have money that likely far surpassed the wealth of Daisy and her husband, he still wasn't good enough for her because his money wasn't old enough or respectable enough. Furthermore, she lacked a backbone to stand up for her own wrongdoings.
Tom professed to love his wife, but that love didn't preclude his need to carry on with another woman right under her nose. And still he had the nerve to feel "wronged" when he realized that his wife was carrying on with another man.
Gatsby wanted to be accepted and have the "right" to run in the same social circles as the Buchannans, but never once would be honest about who he was and where his money came from.
Even Jordan and Catherine were dishonest. Jordan in the controversy over her golf game, and Catherine lying about her own sister's moral trespasses.
And finally, the "friends" of Gatsby - the hundreds of people who attended his weekly parties were all shamelessly pretentious and dishonest. Those who professed to be friends of Gatsby and yet not a single one of them could attend his funeral.
The entire story was a tragic portrait of everything I detest and the reminder of those things is why I rated it 4 stars.