"The best way to yield to temptation is to read great literature. To be seducted by art is not only pardonable, it is one of the greatest life's pleasures."
|my goodreads review here|
Does it end abruptly? That might be open to intepretation, but I would rather say it ends the way it is supposed to end. Its ending carries a profound message. Is happiness really as approachable and as accessible as we make ourselves believe? The intelligence says no, but our heart deceives us. This novel speaks volumes about what it is to be a human being. The Great Gatsby reveals the curses of this world. What more could one ask for in a novel? How is is that this novel isn’t perfect? We can dissect it and find many issues with it, but why should we do that, when we can look at it as what it is- an incredibly touching journey into the human soul?
“He smiled understandingly-much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced--or seemed to face--the whole eternal world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald,
“There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams -- not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. It had gone beyond her, beyond everything. He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion, adding to it all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way. No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald,
The poor are often so tiresome in their jealousy of the rich that there is something refreshing about the nonchalance of Fitzgerald’s wealthy protagonists, but don't be mistaken, this writer is no advocate of immortality and shallowness. It's just that his characters are as deviously charming as Lord Henry, the secuder of Dorian Gray. There is a lot of seducing in this novel as well. There is glam in it that is almost tangiable and something about the characters is rather intoxicating...while reading about them, you almost feel like you had one drink too many. Don’t deny it! You might hate them, but you want to look at them, like they were pretty birds displayed in a golden cage….and isn’t that what they are? Isn't that what the writer is trying to show us?
“And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.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.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald,