The Feeling Good Handbook was a great choice for my next read, as The Great Gatsby made me a little sad.
Who hasn’t changed themselves (in some trivial way) in the hopes of winning the heart, or good opinions of another?
Besides this, I honestly found the book a little difficult to follow. It’s under 200 pages (I think) but, it felt much longer.
ATTENTION! Semi-spoilers when you read ahead…
The parties, and the personalities (Tom & Daisy mostly) annoyed me.
The glorious views (I imagined whilst reading) from Gatsby’s lawn were intriguing. But. Once inside…the people, and their conversations felt cold. As a reader, I didn’t feel invited (which was fine, as I held high hopes of merely being entertained)!
Other than talks about the “mysterious” Gatsby at his parties, much of the time I had no clue what was being discussed. Particularly at the get-togethers involving Nick, Tom, and Tom’s mistress. I’d read those paragraphs again. And, again.
I thought the egg-eyed man, was actually a man looking out his window. Not the image of a man on a billboard. 😐
Things just didn’t (make sense or) get interesting at all for me, until the “big confrontation”. At that point, I thought, “FINALLY”. I mean, how long could Tom ignore the flashing red signs! To be so brash, he certainly held in his suspicions for what seem like forever. Was it the era/time that made having that conversation difficult/improper?
I really, really wanted to be whisked away & enchanted by this classic but, The Great Gatsby was not at all what I thought it would be. I never read it in school. This was my first time reading it, and I had this great expectation of a love story that was so much more beautiful.
Unrequited love is never beautiful.
It’s just. Sad.
If you read this book, I’d love to hear your thoughts! What did you take away from reading The Great Gatsby?
I thought this video was both helpful & cute. Very nice illustrations!