Book Club: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
June 24, 2012
In an effort to catch up on book club reads…….
The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald was my pick for book club this time. I chose it mainly because it was one of those important books many people read at school. I thought maybe I was missing out on something…..
Although now I would call myself a reader, at school I didn’t read a single english text until year 11. Up until then, I gleaned my way through english by listening to classroom discussions and never having an original thought of my own. It worked quite well, but has left me wanting to read lots of ‘formative’ books I should have read at school.
That said…. maybe we needed a high school english teacher in our midst because it just wasn’t that ….well….. interesting or life changing or entertaining. Maybe we all missed something, or maybe it’s overrated as a novel.
I though maybe I didn’t get it because I read it on my ipad, and the medium didn’t suit the substance, but after talking with the other girls in book club (some who had listened and some who had read paper books) I think we all felt pretty much the same.
Maybe it was a ‘work of it’s time’ and some of it’s appeal and substance relates to where it sits in history. Maybe if I had read it at school (along with all the others) I would have appreciated it more.
Have any of you read The Great Gatsby? At school or as an adult?
Did we miss something? ….. which is always my concern when poo pooing a ‘great work’.
If you need a set of assignments and probing questions set by an over zealous english teacher to get the full meaning of a book, can it still be considered a ‘great book’?
If I am going to catch up on my missed high school reading in the future, what books would you say are ‘must reads’?
Maybe I just need to wait for The Great Gatsby movie and be entertained with the masses…..
Next book…another classic Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie.