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#1
So I had to to read this novel for school. Although everyone else in my grade seems to dislike it, I surprisingly enjoyed the novel. I thought it was pretty interesting, and I liked the way it was written, probably due to the age of it. For those of you who read it,m what did you think?
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I just read it last semester at my school. At the time I disliked it, but after reading it I found that I did like it. It's very good.
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I agree with you. It's a good--nay, a great--novel. F. Scott Fitzgerald was, after all, kind of a talented writer.
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#5
Same situation for me, everyone else hated it but I found myself right into it. I finished long before some other because I couldn't stop reading it at times.
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I just read it last semester at my school. At the time I disliked it, but after reading it I found that I did like it. It's very good.



Same. I didn't really like it as I was reading it, but the last two or three chapters of it really made me like the book. It all came to together nicely. At first it just felt kind of jumbled.
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I just read it last semester at my school. At the time I disliked it, but after reading it I found that I did like it. It's very good.


Same. I realized how awesome it was after i read it, but couldn't get into it when i was supposed to read it.
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I finished it 5 minutes ago.
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#10
I was lucky enough to read it on my own first, usually school ruins classics with the added assignments and 'in depth' reading. My teacher even said the car was yellow because F scott wanted it to represent happiness. such a good book though.
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I didn't like it at all, and I'm someone who actually enjoys reading a lot when I have the time. The Great Gatsby bored me to death and after finishing it I was just disappointed and felt like I had wasted my time.
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Same. I didn't really like it as I was reading it, but the last two or three chapters of it really made me like the book. It all came to together nicely. At first it just felt kind of jumbled.


yea i dislike books without much dialouge, and the beginning had hardly any. Just a lot of discriptions, but it was great by the end. I liked when Nick told Gatsby he was better than those people (refering to daisy and tom and them), when in the beginning he disliked Gatsby. As my teacher would say Nick is a "dynamic" character lol
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#13
I liked it a lot. I liked it so much that I stole a copy from the school.

Good book, and in that time, it was revolutionary to try to take a stab at the lifestyles and mindsets of the lazy part of the upper class.
#14
It's a good story, but I think Fitzgerald tried a bit too hard to sound intelligent. Instead of using an accurate word, he's use a synonym for it that wasn't quite the same, but sounded more complex. One particular passage in mind is when he describes the eyes of Dr. Eckleburg. He said the "retinas are one yard high." Retinas are in the back of your eye. Sure, he's not an eye expert, and it's a minor detail, but the more complex word isn't always the most accurate.
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It's a good story, but I think Fitzgerald tried a bit too hard to sound intelligent. Instead of using an accurate word, he's use a synonym for it that wasn't quite the same, but sounded more complex. One particular passage in mind is when he describes the eyes of Dr. Eckleburg. He said the "retinas are one yard high." Retinas are in the back of your eye. Sure, he's not an eye expert, and it's a minor detail, but the more complex word isn't always the most accurate.



I never understood that part. Who is that guy/person/thing?
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It's a good story, but I think Fitzgerald tried a bit too hard to sound intelligent. Instead of using an accurate word, he's use a synonym for it that wasn't quite the same, but sounded more complex. One particular passage in mind is when he describes the eyes of Dr. Eckleburg. He said the "retinas are one yard high." Retinas are in the back of your eye. Sure, he's not an eye expert, and it's a minor detail, but the more complex word isn't always the most accurate.


That's true, and I'm pretty sure Fitzgerald revised it maniacally.

As for me, I got lucky and got to read it twice for school. The first time in 10th grade, at which time it was interesting, but I didn't get it so much. Second time this year (12th grade) which was much better as while reading through it I remembered all the symbolism and crap that i learned two years ago. Great novel. Far from being my favorite of what I've read for school though.

That would have to go to Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Followed by The Stranger by Albert Camus
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I finished it 5 minutes ago.

I just got up to the part where ______ (Spoiler protection) got her ribcage busted open by the car. Good ****.
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I'm the same as you. Everyone in my class disliked it but it's probably one of my favourite books ever.
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I never understood that part. Who is that guy/person/thing?


Dr. Eckleberg was just the Dr on the big billboard they always passed when going into town. someone correct me if I'm wrong, it's been awhile since I read it last. hmm maybe I should start that again.
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HAHHAA. Oh man, how did you react to that one? When I read that, I was like "Oh Snap!!". That was a very graphic description he gave. One of her breasts was torn/ripped off..Jesus.
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I never understood that part. Who is that guy/person/thing?


Eckleburg is some random doctor thats on a big billboard in the ash-heaps (where wilson's garage is)

It's a picture of a guy's eyes wearing glasses. I think it's supposed to represent God (seeing everything, watching over all the actions) something along those lines.
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it's one of my favorite books.

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I never understood that part. Who is that guy/person/thing?

He's a picture of a guy on a billboard, I think my teacher said he was supposedly a symbol of God because he sees everything that goes on in the book. It's been a while though. It was a great book.
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I loved the book. I thought it was brilliantly written.


Dr. T.J. (I think?) Eckleberg was the pair of eyes on the billboard. It was symbolizing that god was watching when in reality he wasn't. I think that's what it meant. Been a while.

EDIT: No, not necessarily what I meant. Eckleberg was watching everything that went on and let them live life like that.
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#25
I'm reading it right now. I think its pretty good. Shows a lot about how the upper class tend to get away with being ignorant because they have money.
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#26
Good book, a bit boring at first but when you get into it, you really like it.
#27
I personally hated this book. Why? Fitzgerald tries much too hard to use every single possible description and metaphor that can possibly fit in a book. A few of the smilies and metaphors definitely made it more interesting (the clock, the eyes). However, there was a point that it almost got to be over the top.

Was I the only one who completely missed


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Gatsby dying?
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#28
Excellent, excellent writing style. The Dr. Eckleberg thing I always thought was a microcosm of the whole society and of the Depression. Reminded me of Big Brother at first, but Eckleberg just sits there... he doesn't do anything... nothing happens... he doesn't see... yeah. Most of the characters annoyed me though.
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I enjoy it.

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#31
I will honestly say I didn't like it, but I can see why many do
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#32
It's an amazing book, you really have to note all the imagery, he's so poetic and emotional.
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I personally hated this book. Why? Fitzgerald tries much too hard to use every single possible description and metaphor that can possibly fit in a book. A few of the smilies and metaphors definitely made it more interesting (the clock, the eyes). However, there was a point that it almost got to be over the top.

Was I the only one who completely missed


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Gatsby dying?

It was annoying at first to me too, but then I got used to it and it developed into a really cool story. I would LOVE if someone just paraphrased the entire book.
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#35
Amazing book.

I read it on my own after we read a few passages from it in our literature book.

I loved Gatsby. He's such an awesome character.
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i didnt enjoy it. i think it was well written, because i liked a lot of the themes etc behind it, like the dr eckleberg thing looking over everything. but i probably didnt like it because i did it in school and our teacher was crap so she made it seem worse. but i dont know if i could read it again to see if i would like it.
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Thread revival, I need a good book discussion


While the major parts were rather anticlimactic for me, I enjoyed the book overall. The writing style was absolutely fabulous.. The words just flowed and soaked up with such ease. I also love the little intricacies and details with the plot.. Wonderful concept, really.

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#38
I love books, but not this one. ****ing sucked.
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#39
It is god's punishment to man kind. that book sucked ass. Its just a shallow book about a bunch of rich people cheating on each other and everyone dies. Fitzgerald was a retard.
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It is god's punishment to man kind. that book sucked ass. Its just a shallow book about a bunch of rich people cheating on each other and everyone dies. Fitzgerald was a retard.

It was a reflection on the stratification between the rich and the poor and society's shallow fascination with glamour. Fitzgerald obviously did a good job if that's your judgement.
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