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Looking Back At The Great Gatsby

To be such a short novel, I had a lot to write about The Great Gatsby.

It is my favorite novel, after all. Though I finished it about a month ago, the holiday break and giveaway and year in review posts kept me from giving it a worthy recap post.

So, like I did with Infinite Jest, I thought I’d highlight all of the posts I made about The Great Gatsby at the end of last year. Maybe you missed one and would like to take a look.

Here they be:

Next Up: The Great Gatsby: My preview of the book.

The Original Great Gatsby Ad: An ad that appeared in The Princetonian after Gatsby was released in 1925. Pretty cool.

The History of Gatsby on Film: A look at all the different movie interpretations of Gatsby. With trailers.

“F. Scott Fitzgerald died believing himself a failure.” Why do we not appreciate some authors until after they are gone?

Story Time With Andy Kaufman. A funny, awkward video of Kaufman reading from The Great Gatsby.

The “High Bouncing Lover”? A look at the weirdly worded epigraph that opens the novel.

The Jay Gatsby Guide To Being A Stalker. Creepy Jay Gatsby writes a letter to Daisy revealing his obsession with her and his stalkerish tendencies.

What The Great Gatsby Was Almost Named: Some of the titles that almost graced the cover of the book.

The Great Gatsby Covers: A Brief History. Looking through all of the cover design interpretations over the years.

The Great Gatsby In A Nutshell: A short, funny cartoon that basically sums up the entire novel.

Why Fitzgerald’s Prose Is Like Butter: Let me tell you why I love F. Scott Fitzgerald’s writing.

The Best Passages From The Great Gatsby: All of them in one post.

Book #50: The Great Gatsby: My final review and explanation of why the book is currently in the top spot in my meaningless and highly subjective rankings.

Wow. I didn’t realize I had written that much about this novel until I put this post together.

Has anyone been inspired to read Gatsby for the first time after seeing any of these posts?

11 Comments Post a comment
  1. ktleanne #

    Well, I was about to disagree with your comment (with some incredulity) that you hadn’t given it a worthy recap post, but then you corrected yourself! Generally I have enjoyed reading your posts but, quite honestly, due to the sheer volume of praise and adoration you have written for Gatsby, which in my humble opinion is unwarranted, I have tempted to unsubscribe! All in jest, of course, but I also won’t be sad if this is your last post on the topic! ;o)


    January 23, 2013
    • Haha. Can’t promise it will be the last post, but they will definitely be slim from now on.

      Just curious: What did you not like about the novel?


      January 23, 2013
      • ktleanne #

        I can’t quite put my finger on one thing – I didn’t hate it but it certainly left me indifferent. I found the prose mediocre, and the constant hyperbole irritating. The plot lacks originality and substance, and I could not really abide any of the characters. It is one of the few novels that I would have rather seen on stage or screen… I think it lends itself to production in that way. But as a literary text it had no impact on me – against other classics there is just no comparison. I’m reluctant to get too much into a cultural debate but I do agree with jmato012 that the novel does seem to be far more revered by Americans than us Brits. I’m not saying I always need perfect characters who are easy to empathise with, nor do I always need a happy ending, but I do judge a novel on whether I mourn it once I’m finished. And I did not give The Great Gatsby a second thought. Maybe I’ll read it again one day in years to come… and if I change my mind I’ll let you know! ;o)


        January 25, 2013
  2. I read in for the first time last month. I have wanted to read it for ages, but never got round to it. I thought it was a very good novel. I have not read a lot of fiction books, but it was easily my favorite novel.


    January 23, 2013
  3. OK, so now you’ve got me paging through it again. God, it’s wonderful!


    January 23, 2013
  4. jmato012 #

    I liked the novel, but I don’t believe it should be praised as much as I see it praised around me. Honestly almost everybody that I’ve met recently thinks it’s the best. I found it inferior and of less universal value than his contemporaries of the “Lost Generation” style like Hemingway and Remarque. Maybe this novel appeal to Americans more than the rest of the world, because in Europe, which is where I’m from, it is hardly ever mentioned (based on my experience, even though scholars do consider it a good piece of literature, but of course inferior to his contemporaries).


    January 23, 2013
  5. Butterfly Joy #

    Wow a lot of Gatsby here. I am inspired to read it again now. Can’t remember much since I read it as a teenager in a translated version.


    January 23, 2013
  6. I have memorized the “As I went over to say goodbye” piece for perhaps twenty years. Fitzgerald was always the expert in terms of writing about the classes and so on. I’ve never forgotten the sad element that I believe pervades throughout the book.


    January 24, 2013
  7. hackershater #

    I read this novel for my literature course some time ago. Honestly, I did not like it. However, I would like to read it again.. maybe I was not ready for such a book at that time…


    January 28, 2013

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