So after some years hearing about this novel, I decided that was about time to give this classic a chance, being the movie out now , all the stores had copies all over the place, and I got this WordsWorth edition for a couple of euros.
I must say this was not such a great experience for me, don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad, it was just not awesome, like I was expecting it to be.
I think the main point that made me felt so disconnected with this book was the world building, after all this is an American novel, and you can feel it at every page, Fitzgerald includes lots of places names on the book, and doesn't bother to describe them, so most of the time I was imagining the characters on a almost blank setting, I just couldn't picture it, since I don't know them.
This is a book about moral and relationships and most important of all the initial "American Dream" richness, wealth, being famous, being known, being Somebody. This is when it gets personal, after all since I don't share this dreams with the characters and find them mostly boring and shallow , I just didn't get fascinated by them.
At the beginning I though it was a matter of age, and by that I mean, that I prefer other time periods of history, but than I understand that it was not a matter of subject but the way it was written, not only I had problem with the world building , but most of the times I felt quite confused, because the point of view or the subject changes from chapter to chapter with no introduction or soft passage, so its quite a demanding read.
The author is really good and descriptive when it comes to characters, but once more, I didn't seem to connect with none of them, after all, we are quite different and their "qualities" are what I perceive as defects.
Other than that , Nick the main character claims that he's not a night person and still this is all he does or talks about, you can see that the book as a lot of gaps when it comes to his life, this narrator seems to be only alive when he is with the other characters and talks about nothing more that them.
I have to say that although I appreciated F. Scott Fitzgerald writing and I can see why a lot of people love him it was not my cup of tea, so this will be one of that times, that my rating as more to do with my personal taste than the quality of the book
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