I decided to read ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald because of the films’ premiere and because I recently went to a Gatsby inspired cocktail evening. But, here’s the thing, it just wasn’t as good as I thought it was going to be. Parts of it were quite enjoyable and did get into some of the scenes – in particular, the driving scene and the first initial scene where Gatsby made his appearance in the book, however overall I found it really hard to follow. The characters seemed to overlap and I got a little confused trying to work out what was happening in some parts and where random characters had come into the story.
Nick Carraway, the narrator of the story and neighbour/friend of Jay Gatsby told the story quite well and I did develop a sense of empathy towards him, but the story itself was rather jumpy and difficult to work out. The romance between Daisy and Gatsby is kept to an absolute minimum and you rarely get a chance to realise their love for each other. After she decides to stay with her husband, she isn’t mentioned again in the book, only to say that she didn’t attend Gatsby funeral.
It’s always a real shame when a book is hyped up as much as this one has been for many years, and then you read it and realise that it wasn’t that worth it. After Gatsby protected Daisy and took the blame for Myrtle’s death, Myrtle’s husband (George B Wilson) kills Gatsby however as he was the main character of the book after all, I think this left a lot to be desired and I don’t feel that the book concluded itself well – what happened to all the other characters? Why didn’t they go to Gatsby funeral?
I can see some of the books has hidden meaning and that Gatsby loved Daisy and this was stronger than any other achievement in his life, but I was just expecting a little more was all. (If you are planning to read it, I would definitely have a list of the characters to hand! Haha!)
Oh, well… Hopefully the next one will be better.
Peace and love, Polly May xx