Kathy and Diana do not see eye-to-eye about the literary value of and level of writing in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Add to the debate! What do you think of this book? Leave your comment below.
Fitzgerald, whose financial success came from publishing short stories for national magazines, published The Great Gatsby in 1925, his third novel. “It’s nothing but a short story,” Kathy said, adding if it had been categorized as such she’d feel better about the acclaim surrounding Gatsby, which comes in just under 200 pages (The length may entice reluctant readers.). But alas, The Great Gatsby is often referred to as a “Great American Novel,” and it is certainly considered Fitzgerald’s masterpiece.
Diana, while certainly not lofty in her praise, does see the value in this book. “Often in high schools, it’s a young person’s first experience with classic American literature. It means something different at different stages of your life, so it’s just as good for a re-read as it is for a first read,” Diana said.
While they surely disagreed, both ladies found common ground when discussing the lack of character development and mentioned how there’s really no one in the novel to relate to. Fitzgerald really did create a bunch of scoundrels when he wrote this book.
The women could also positively agree that the line-up of programming the community can take advantage of (through March 2) is phenomenal. 28 programs are centered around the Roaring Twenties and Jazz Age. There are author talks, jazz performances and movies, all free, plus a Great Gala March 1 at The Great Overland Station. Full schedule of Big Read events here.
Kathy recommends The House of Mirth for a similar story though better read, written by Edith Wharton.
All Booked Up Rating (It’s a split!):
Worn and Tattered from Kathy
High Heels from Diana