If I had to pick a "Great American Novel"
as my favorite, it definitely won't be The Great Gatsby
. It will either be To Kill a Mockingbird
or The Grapes of Wrath
both of which highlighted extremely relevant social/socio-economic issues at the time of their publication. And in a way, these issues are still plaguing America in the present day.
So fans of this novel, please excuse me when I say I fail to see the logic behind The Great Gatsby
being given the epithet of the 'Great American Novel'. So it revolves around a love story and rich bootleggers throwing glamorous parties and a bunch of morally ambiguous people having a good time. And it tries to present a picture of the affluent American communities which made much of their wealth during the prosperous 'Roaring Twenties'
, the period just preceding The Great Depression. That's not enough for it to secure a permanent place in my all-time-favorites list.
However Fitzgerald's undeniably brilliant narration and way with words have increased my respect for this novel exponentially. So much so that I'm giving it a 4 star rating. Besides Gatsby and his undying, (almost)one-sided love for a woman won my heart. Budding writers will learn a lot from this book, especially how to make the narration charming, witty and elegant at the same time.
And so at the end of the day, this one remains a true classic. Will definitely read some of other Fitzgerald's works.