February 08, 2005

For the record, I hate this novel.

Jerz: Am Lit II (EL 267): Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Ugh. Second time going through this one.

The thing, in my opinion, about Fitzgerald's writing style, is that is works in small doses, as read in Bernice Bobs Her Hair. As a novel, there is little substance. It seems like Fitzgerald is just stalling and wasting time... sure, in any reading you have to have description and whatnot, and you're not supposed to get to the point very fast, but damn. Slow.

And I also like saying T. J. Eckleburg. Eckleburg Eckleburg Eckleburg.

Fitzgerald paints his usual picture of the era, but the characters, I'm assuming, are to override the scenery. Whenever I read this I imagine everything in grays or pale colors, while the characters are in full color. And the events reflect that too, but for the life of me I can't remember some instances of that...

Posted by at February 8, 2005 10:23 PM | TrackBack

It seems to me that you really did not like this novel. I'm curious if you could give some examples of a way to make it better.

I'm also curious as to what you think Fitzgerald was attempting to say by writing this novel?

Posted by: Tiffany at February 9, 2005 12:14 AM

Fitzgerald's use of language is so rich, it makes his stories seem to go slow but i personally enjoy the wording he comes up with as much as the story but i think it's a matter of preference, it's all what a person likes. I think Fitzgerald is a bit of a romantic.

Posted by: Mary at February 9, 2005 12:34 AM

Tim, I was really hoping to see what you had to say about Machinal. I hope you can catch up on your postings soon.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at March 2, 2005 10:20 AM
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