Prior to reading this, I had heard so much about how The Great Gatsby is this great, classic all-time novel, and after reading it, I am left wondering what am I missing? I didn’t find anything particularly exceptional about it, and I don’t see why it’s so great. Not to say this is a bad novel, I just don’t find it extraordinary. The plot is pretty pedestrian. Gatsby has attained wealth through illegal means, makes his moves on the love of his life who married a tyrant for money, bad things happen, which ultimately lead to Gatsby’s demise. Reading further about the novel, it is supposed to be a great representation of the excesses of the time. Maybe so, but it’s not much better or more representative than a dozen things I have watched or read about the twenties. Gatsby is good as a character, but many of the other characters, especially Daisy leave me ambivalent. This was a decent novel, but the greatness of it is overstated.
Carl Alves – author of Reconquest: Mother Earth