I thought this book gave great insight into life in the 1920's, albeit the darker and sadder side.
A glimpse into the 1920's.
The voice was authentic.
No, the story really was weaker than I recalled. None of th enchanters were that intriguing or sympathetic. There was no real action and no catharsis.
He voice of every man I liked him.
Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always."
I read an article a week or so ago, criticizing electronic reviews, and pointing out that in some cases, the reviewer obviously hadn't read the review because its rating was so low. One of the examples quoted was a 1-star rating for this book, "The Great Gatsby." The article's writer pointed out that this is one of the greatest novels of the 20th century.
I can completely understand a 1-star rating for this book, although my rating is higher. I, too, was bored at the beginning. I almost stopped listening after the first third of the book. I kept going because I wanted to know why this was considered a great novel. I'd heard so much about it.
The story became more lively, and the characters became more complex and more interesting. By the end, I was enthralled. When I finished the book, I spent quite a lot of time thinking about what it meant.
Before I wrote this review, I read several other reviews, and I realized that one of the reasons the book is considered great is that individual readers see the book differently.
I saw the main characters and the story as a metaphor for a dissolute age, and I thought that the story could have taken place in the 1990's just as easily as it takes place in the 1920's. In both eras, the world was relatively at peace. Money could be easily made, impressions bought, and everyone wanted to be friends with the hottest celebrity around.
With a book like this, there's a temptation to just get the Cliff Notes to discuss the book knowledgeably, without reading it. Avoid the temptation - that would be like eating a Hershey's Bar instead of Godiva Chocolate.
Australian author inspired by beauty and creativity.
I didn't like it much after a 30-year hiatus. Didn't like any of the characters or really care when the major character died. Much ado about nothing. I was also very disturbed with the apparent easy acceptance of violence towards women. I can't really accept that it is something to do with an era. Of course the writing is extremely lyrical and beautifully put together.
I'm a nurse practitioner that loves to let my imagination run when listening to books. Takes me forever to read, so I love listening!
Better plot. Or at least having one.
Not completely. I hope that this is just a personal dislike, and not a broad dislike of fiction in this genre.
The reader was about the only thing that kept me interested. He might deserve a 4 star rating, but it is difficult for me to arrive at 4 stars in a book that I did not enjoy.
I cannot understand why this is considered a classic.