Review: The Great Gatsby

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The Great GatsbyBook Review
4+ out of 5 stars to The Great Gatsby, written in 1925 by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I read this book the summer before I went away for college. Knowing that it took place in the 1920, a time period I adored, on the Gold Coast of Long Island, where I lived, and the main character’s name was Jay, like me, how could I not make it a priority? And I’m so glad I did. It’s a fantastic story with so many components and a ton to say about life. The characters felt so alive. The setting and the description felt familiar. The actions seemed to call you to jump inside the book. It was a phenomenal read for me… and the only reason I held back a 5 is because I felt there were a few too many caricatures drawn on people from the time period. Though it comes close to being accurate, it took a few points too far. Where it could have held back, showing a few more realities, it stepped into a bit of quick-sand for me… pulling people’s views to the extraordinary instead of the familiar. I had the same reaction to some of the film versions. All that glitters is not gold, and I don’t know that Fitzgerald wanted those areas to be the primary thing people took from the novel. There was more beyond it. But it’s one of those books that really gives you a perspective unlike any other about the things that happened both out in the open and beyond closed doors.

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27 thoughts on “Review: The Great Gatsby

    RobbyeFaye said:
    June 19, 2017 at 3:02 PM

    I remember reading this a few years ago.
    The writing is good; Fitzgerald does a great job immersing you in the time period. But, I had a hard time with his cavalier attitude towards some major events that occurred in the book. It left me with a vague feeling of unease.

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    BrizzleLass said:
    June 19, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    I’ve never enjoyed this book much. I tried and tried but I just couldn’t get into it. It always felt just a little fantastical.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 19, 2017 at 3:30 PM

      It was all about the glitz and glam. I enjoyed it, but I also had some concerns on the fantastical parts.

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    frankielovely said:
    June 19, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    One of my favorite stories!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 19, 2017 at 4:02 PM

      have you also seen the movie?

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        frankielovely said:
        June 19, 2017 at 4:09 PM

        Yes. I think they did a really great job! REALLY GREAT! The emotions of feeling lost and longing that DiCaprio brought to Gatsby was spot on!


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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        June 19, 2017 at 4:10 PM

        I did… just watched it about a three months ago. I enjoyed it a a lot.

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    Roda said:
    June 19, 2017 at 4:19 PM

    I have nominated you for the Entertainer Blogging Award!

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    Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books said:
    June 19, 2017 at 6:02 PM

    The 1920s are my favourite decade to read about. The Great Gatsby is one of my favourite books, and I also enjoyed Tender is the Night. I am interested in reading more of his work. I really liked this review!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 19, 2017 at 9:00 PM

      I’ve only read this one. I need to give something else a try!


    mitchteemley said:
    June 19, 2017 at 6:18 PM

    One of my all-time favorite books.

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    lucindablogs said:
    June 19, 2017 at 7:01 PM

    I really enjoyed this book, I loved all the glitz and glam!

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    foodinbooks said:
    June 19, 2017 at 8:02 PM

    Another great classic, and your review was pretty spot-on. It just always seemed a little bit unrealistic, the overdone sense of Glamour combined with that unrealistic sense of not caring about anyone else. Brilliant writing though. I actually blogged about it last year if you want to take a look over at my website at:

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 19, 2017 at 9:03 PM

      It’s funny how when you meet someone here, you forget they have so many posts before you… and then you want to go back to read them! LOL Off to go see your review now!

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    Susan said:
    June 20, 2017 at 1:22 PM

    I felt the same way about this book. It’s a good read though!

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    Ann Marie Bryant said:
    June 21, 2017 at 6:06 PM

    love this book….another favorite


    selectu said:
    July 9, 2017 at 9:06 PM

    Hi James, because you liked reviewing The Great Gatsby, you will likely enjoy reviewing “Jay Gatsby: A Black Man in Whiteface by Janet Savage. A must read!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      July 10, 2017 at 7:53 AM

      Thanks for the heads up. Went to your site to check for more, but says I can’t see anything!


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