F. Scott Fitzgerald (Narranted by Jake Gyllenhaal)
Genres: Classic Literature, Romance
Publication Date: First published in 1925
Number of Pages: 180
Source: Bought from Audibles.com
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I didn't know what to expect from The Great Gatsby when I started reading it, I'd never heard about the book until I saw the movie trailer. I wasn't won over by the movie trailer, as although it looked picturesque with all the big parties and the amazing cast, I didn't know anything about the storyline and the movie trailer didn't portray that much actually happened in the film. I decided to read the book in the end because it seemed to be very popular among other booktubers and so I thought I'd check it out to see if I was missing something - the fact that the audiobook was only about 6 hours long (the book is 180 pages) then I wasn't going to waste too much time listening to this story if I didn't like it.
As I started the Audiobook, I soon began avidly listening and following the story as the happenings of all the characters' complicated lives were explained and described. The fact that Jake Gyllenhaal narrates the Audibles version that I listened to didn't hurt either *swoon*. At times I felt that I tuned out of listening to the Audiobook as I drove home from work, partly because my attention was needed for complicated road areas, but also because the story is mostly conversations between characters which does get repetitive and montonous. However, this wasn't a negative of the book and more my personal preferences, I was still able to continue enjoying the book and follow the storyline.
Overall this story is a mix of romance, infidelity, high society's inner power struggles, a non high society man understanding the high society system and life, as well as the motivation and persistence of a man who is trying to better himself to win the girl. I'm sure there are other layers to this classic that I have probably missed. The strength to this novel for me personally was Gatsby's determination not to give up on his love.
Quick comparison to the 2013 movie:
Over to you:
Have you read The Great Gatsby, did you enjoy it?
Have I missed any underlying storylines that you've picked up on or learnt within an English/Literature class?
have you watched the movie, did you enjoy it?
Where do you think you'd spend your time at Gatsby's parties?