Gatsby : Conclusion. Part Two.


It is finished. Finally. It… Sort of became better. In that there are now two layers to the characters! Fitzy seems to be very good at creating two-dimensional people. And it seems the entire plot focusses around the fact that Gatsby is in love with some bird who fucks off at the end. Big deal. All I got from it was that the entirity of Gatsby’s life was centred around Daisy – his reason for being alive was her. Which was insane as she had her own home, family and life. Ok it wasn’t necessarily a happy one, but Gatsby’s complete disregard for anything that was hers was just unbelivable. His overriding confidence she would down-tools and swan over to his life was cliche and arrogant. Just because he has money doesn’t mean happiness. How can a story centre around such an unstable major character? Christ alive Scott. Or is that what you were trying to say? The whole glitzy exterior of the 1920s hid this incredibly sad inside? I find that very hard to believe that was your only meaning.

I did like the sick irony that it was Daisy who killed her husband’s lover though. That was good. Although it was quite 19th century, quite convenient. Like the house Jane Eyre stumbles across just happens to contain her cousins. And just the right people seem to die at the end of ‘Return of the Native’. All a bit suspect, but it was the most exciting part.

But the insanely irritating narrator seemed to be so terrible at chronologically retelling things I had to re-read things at least twice just to know where I was. If anything, he became less interesting. Maybe it was the style to be deliberately vague, but it really hacked me off. Good work Fitzgerald. Good bloody work.

This novel left very little impression on me, aside from mild annoyance that others can see meaning in it and I just can’t. 1920s fail.

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One Response

  1. An absolutely pointless book, and by far the worst Fitzgerald I’ve read. Great American Literature, I think not.

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