2014 reading challenge update.
So…The Great Gatsby, take 2.
I can't argue that it's not well written, that it doesn't explore meaningful social issues and the vulnerability of our humanity. I have to admit my more mature self appreciated this a little more on the second reading.
But…I still just can't get past those so thoroughly unlikeable characters. Yes, I know what the book is saying about wealth and privilege, but what I would have given for just one moment where just one character was worthy of sympathy. I am a character driven reader. I want to root for someone when I read a story, even if it's not the central character.
From now on, if someone asks me what I think of The Great Gatsby, my intellectual answer will be that I recognise it deserves its status as a classic, but it doesn't really appeal to me. My low-brow answer will be something about the acting and directing talents of Leo and Baz.
Next up on the reading list is A Catcher in the Rye. My jaw is already clenched.