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readthis: The Great Gatsby

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Okay, okay, I know what you’re thinking – everyone and their dog has read Gatsby before, written essays on it in high school, had it’s overwhelming “greatness” held over their heads for, like, ever. But it’s all for good reason, because this book IS great.

I had never read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s most loved work before – I’m Canadian, and our high school system for the past several years focuses on Canadian works in their English classes alongside American and British ones, so Gatsby was never a book that was assigned to me. I had been wanting to read it for several years, and am so glad I finally got around to it. It’s a quick and overwhelmingly delightful read, and I absolutely loved it. Of course, Gatsby has been everywhere in recent months due to the release of Baz Luhrmann’s latest film (I’ll be dicussing this adaptation later on this week). However, to those of you who have never taken the time to actually sit down and read the book: do!

The book’s iconic yet destructive characters really do stand the test of time, and the events that they each play a part in setting in motion are truly captivating.

The classic is definitely a must-read, and I know that I’ll remember The Great Gatsby as one of my favourite simple-yet-poignant novels of all time.