The Great Gatsby

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“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
(First publication: 1925 / This edition: Penguin Popular Classics 1994)
Taken with my Rimbaud cocktail on a Friday night at Marcel

You resemble the advertisement of the man. (pg.125)

Everyone’s probably already read this classic. I “had” to read this back in 10th grade. I wasn’t enthusiastic about it at all—the title wasn’t appealing to me and I had no clue what it would be about.

But… how I fell in love.

And since, I’ve been reading it every now and then. I got my own copy in 2012—ordered from Amazon when I was living in Tokyo; not the most aesthetically-appealing cover, but it’s got that very “Penguin Popular Classics” look.

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(Above: Taken at Not Just Another Cup cafe with Sea Salt Caramel Latte)

Anyway, as I said, I love the story.

It’s so emotional. I think it’s secretly, subconsciously because of what Jordan Baker says—”[Gatsby] looked at Daisy while she was speaking, in a way that every young girl wants to be looked at some time, and because it seemed romantic to me […]”.

Of course I want to be looked at that way by someone like Gatsby.

“Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay.” (pg.85)

….The Feels.

I can’t help but swoon at how far Gatsby goes to be with Daisy, even though it’s slightly psychotic and strangely overly-obsessive (when you sit down and seriously think about it for a minute). But I really do just find it so romantic—and I guess that’s why this story just gets to me every time.

It’s a short, simple book—it’s easy to digest; but it just pulls you in and drags you under, with every single page. I love how it’s written. As I said in my earlier post on “Ada or Ardor”, if the way the author writes is “too complicated” or “too difficult” to digest, then it becomes a stressful read. What makes “The Great Gatsby” so great is because it’s a complex story, but it’s simple to read and digest—giving you more room to take in and fully absorb all the emotions (instead of absorbing confusion and stress). I remember talking to an old colleague in 2014 about books—and he told me loves George Orwell because his writing is simple; and that it’s difficult to write so well and write simple. I think I’d say that “The Great Gatsby” is a prime example of that—of great writing.

And also, each character is just so rich. Each one is such a full package (sorry for the lack of words)—Daisy, Jordan, Myrtle, Tom… I can’t help but feel so much for Tom though (even though I was swooning over Gatsby back there)—but there’s also an overload of emotions from this Tom character and you do feel his anger, pain, and pride, despite his unfaithful character. (But hey, what goes around comes around.)

And just wondering… does anyone actually feel bad for Gatsby? I feel like the popular opinion is that everyone feels sorry for him when he died because no one really “cared” and it showed that everyone kind of took advantage of him—and the Buchanans left town. But…. he was trying to break up a family. Yes, even though he is a romantic, but I still think he’s guilty of a crime there—not much “worse” than Tom. But still, just like in “Lolita”, no matter how “wrong” the main character is… the writing has a way of making you feel so empathetic and so sorry for them. You put yourself in their shoes and feel their pain; and you can feel it so much in the last two paragraphs (again, just like in “Lolita”):

Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…and one fine morning —
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

*tears.*

Two other things I just want to throw in.
1) Now, every time I read it, I can’t not read it without Spiderman’s and Jack Dawson’s faces in my mind. The movie (which I love) just brainwashed my imagination—as movies always does to books.

My favorite character/actor in the movie was Tom Buchanan though.

2) Taking you back to 2009, but I was unable to get Justin Timberlake’s music video of “What Goes Around Comes Around” out of my head during the few days I was reading this. I’m not sure why—but I guess you can tie it in with Wilson, Tom, and Myrtle’s promiscuousness. And her death with a car accident. And “what goes around, goes around, goes around, comes all the way back around.”

Anyway, I lovelovelove this book.

You’ve probably already read this, or at least have seen the movie. If you haven’t read the book, then read it! If you haven’t seen the movie, then watch it! 🙂

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Here are some of my favorite lines from the book:

Dishonesty in a woman is something you never blame deeply. (pg.65)

You resemble the advertisement of the man. (pg.125)

And what’s more, I love Daisy too. Once in a while, I go off on a spree and make a fool of myself, but I always come back and in my heart I love her all the time. (pg.138)

 

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3 thoughts on “The Great Gatsby

  1. Great post. It makes me want to read this book again. It has been awhile since I have read it, which leads me to ask what was it exactly that you loved about Daisy? I can’t remember specific details to share with you at the moment, however, I do remember being frustrated with her character and thinking that she was absolutely ridiculous.

    P.S. I enjoy your posts!

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    1. Thanks for visiting my blog and for reading my post! 🙂 It means a lot! 🙂

      And it’s such a great book—I’m glad I make you want to read it again! 🙂 Hmm what I love about Daisy… I think she definitely frustrates me a lot, but I think I am just like Gatsby, Nick, and Tom—there is a certain charm about her; she has this certain wit and charisma that you don’t often read about in female characters, and the way Fitzgerald implemented that in her just gives her so much more depth (than, say, Myrtle and Jordan Baker). She would probably drive me insane, if I were to meet her in person though! 😛

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