7/6/12: This is the second time I've read TGG. First time was when I was fifteen or seventeen, on my junior year of high school. I loved it then, and I still love it now. I think I get it better now too. Fitzgerald's little subtleties about Gatsby, Nick, the Buchanans, the Wilsons. Fitzgerald had a great talent for bringing all these strange people to life. I'm looking forward to the adaptation even less now, because I know that Luhrmann won't be able to capture those subtleties. He's all about the FIZZ! SNAP! BOOM! of the Roaring Twenties, and maybe not so much about the fact that the people this story is about are inherently sad, pathetic, terrible people whom we identify with because they reflect the sad, pathetic, terrible parts about ourselves.
Definitely one of my favorites from F.Scott Fitzgerald. In the beginning, it was really hard to get into the book. However, the imagery and metaphors were exceptionally beautiful! The subtle and slowly developing romance of the story was very good, almost inconspicuous. The love relationships were messy. Jay Gatsby as a character is great, I admire him waaay too much. He is a real gentleman and I felt Daisy did not deserved him. One of my favorite quotes:
"....he paid a high price for living too long with a single dream". TOTALLY KILLER QUOTE. That wrenched my heart. I wanted to cry my heart out when Gatsby cried. It wasn't fair at all! wails Damn you Daisy, and you too Tom!