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Guardian commenters debate Gatsby


"I was disappointed with the book. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but I just couldn’t get interested in the characters"

"The opening of the novel seems slow and turgid, the much vaunted prose style more an exercise in semantic self-indulgence"

"I hardly ever put a novel down, but this one bored me into it"

Comments left during a Guardian book club discussion of the Great Gatsby.

Look, we know you’re the nation of Shakespeare and Keats and Dickens. We know you know your way around a good story. And we are all judging you, harshly, right now.

Advantage: USA. There’s more than an ocean between our two cultures as we watch you try to comprehend the Great American Novel.

- Erin McCann