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The Great Gatsby

Never tried reading any of the 'classics' before. Only just into this book and found it a tad boring at the start but have persevered and im really starting to enjoy it at the moment.
Refreshing to read something written in a completely different time/age to what im used to reading.
Dock

Keep meaning to read TGG. Ta for the reminder Badge. Of all Fitzgerald's stuff I have only read an excellent complete collection of his short stories which I would highly recommend. last year I started his novel 'The Beautiful and the Damned' but gave up on it after a hundred or so pages. Didn't grab me in the slightest. Maybe just a case of wrong book wrong time.
fartcatcher

I've been meaning to read this for forty years. The book has a great cover btw.

Will probably end of watching the film though. Lots of quality pastel knitwear i expect.
leb

Great book, hugely poignant ending chapter, I loved it. Rarely does a 'classic' live up to expectations and hype, this one did for me. Enjoy it bud.
Young Marxist at Tescos

Not for me I'm afraid.  

Got filed in the same place as Wuthering Heights, Moby Dick, On the Road.  I'm scratching my head, calling myself a thick bastard and telling myself "it's a classic."

Just didn't get it.
Sir Bulldog Craggwood

I found it distressingly bourgeois and found it failed to rightly address the struggle of handicapped factory workers
Forest

Read it, seen the film, can't remember a thing about it.
Grind

Sir Bulldog Craggwood wrote:
I found it distressingly bourgeois and found it failed to rightly address the struggle of handicapped factory workers


The Grate Gatsby.
Cutsyke

Doesn't do it for me either. I have to believe a story to buy into it and there's whole parts of this one I don't feel ring true.

Moby Dick on the other hand I love. Amazingly slow paced yet so rich in detail it avoids slipping into laborious and I'm not sure how. Seems it wasn't well received on publication and didn't sell well. I wonder how it managed to attain classic status? Wuthering Heights read under duress in school - Branwell's the best Bronte. On The Road, my copy is stuck behind the fire panel at work. I was hiding in the pump-room reading when the gaffer's gaffer walked in. Thought I'd put it on top but it slipped down the back. I don't really miss it much. I think they'd just hit Denver.

Classic I enjoyed, off the top of my head

A Tale Of Two Cities - that boy Dickens could really, really write.
The Call Of The Wild
Icelandic Sagas
Our Man In Havana
Treasure Island
For Whom The Bell Tolls
My Antonia
The Adventures Of Augie March
Kim
Catch 22
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
The Maltese Falcon
Grapes Of Wrath
East Of Eden
All The Kings Men

Never got Brave New World.
Forest

Maltese Falcon is a good one, I love those Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler books.
smiling badger

Finished it and it made a pleasant change.
Not sure if i would really want to read the likes of it again but enjoyed it.
Found it hard going for the first few chapters but steadily got into it.

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