I hate his short stories. Great Gatsby is a good if not somewhat simpleminded novel. This Side of Paradise is imo his strongest, you get the breakdown of a Gatsby-type in a much more personal manner (largely autobiographical)
well if that's true, and if it was written later than his first novel (Paradise), then perhaps it fixes what I saw as major problems in Paradise, being that there's so much going on around the narrator and it's like snow, half of it sticks to him and the other half floats right off, unimportant.
same poster as above. I just opened Great Gatsby again after a few years because I haven't read it in a while. Already I'm in shock. It's actually a rather well written book. Nick has a personality almost as fleshed out as Ishmael's in Moby-Dick. Perhaps more fleshed out. You can feel him passing judgement on everything and everyone he sees, and it's all that sort of 20s emersonian jazzy romantic judgement. Which given the opening of the book, is funny because he passes a LOT of shallow judgement.
Guess it's time for me to do a close reread. Good to read a book many many times at many different ages I suppose
>>7618193 I'm about halfway through Ghe Beautiful and the Damned now and, while its decent, it's not Gatsby. I've always enjoyed his description of settings. NYC seems to have been the place to be in the 20s.
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