Review by Ms Muay
- Genre – Fiction
- Audience – Year 7 – Year 13
- Rating – 9/10
Review by Ms Muay
Review by Ne Ne, 10HL
One thing I particularly like about The Great Gatsby is the style of writing the atuhor has employed. I have often been told to beware of using adverbs to excess whilst writing, and I agree with that advice – an immoderate amount of adverbs in a narrative can become rather tedious to read. But that is definitely not the case with The Great Gatsby. Practcically every other word in the entire novel is an adverb, and yet Fitzgerald has managed to create an absolutley breath-taking form of lyricism, which kept me completely engaged to the story.
I initially disliked the title of this book, as I thought it sounded rather pretentious. But only after having read the book, do I now realize how absolutely brilliant it is. The moniker “The Great Gatsby” gives me the impression of a circus act – perhaps a trapeze artist or a magician – someone operating under a facade or a pseudomym, which is exactly what Gatsby was doing. Furthermore, the irony of the fact that the book is entitled “The Great Gatsby” even though that is not the man’s actual name amuses me.
I have rather mixed feelings about Daisy Buchanan. Her husband Tom, I despised. But Daisy… I’m not quite sure how to feel about her. She’s blatantly shallow and frivolous (she cried over shirts at one point during the book), but she also says a lot of interesting things (“I hope she’ll be a fool!”). I think I loved her as a plot device, but disliked her a character. In addition to this, I thought Gatsby’s feelings for her were very intresting.
I believe that Gatsby was not actually in love with Daisy, but rather, the idea of her. Daisy represented everything he ever wanted as a child while growing up in poverty. She was wealthy, elegant, and beautiful. To him, she was perfect. But in actuality, she is far from that. Sure, Daisy was affluent and charming, but she was also shallow, materialistic, and cynical. But Gatsby will never see that. He had spent years apart from her, and during that time, he had built up a beautiful but wholly unrealistic image of her in his mind. Her real nature is exposed when she allows Gatsby to take the blame for killing Myrtle, even though she was the one driving the car.
Moreover, I found the green light at the end of the bay to be one of the most beautiful pieces of symbolism I have ever had the pelasure of reading. One partciular aspect of the book that completely befuddles me, however, are the eyes of Dr. TJ Eckleberg. After much speculation, I’ve come to think of him as an omnipotent entity, watching over the America of that time, and scrutinising the people for the hollownes and moral corruption of their society.
Ne Ne, 10HL.
The Christmas holidays are coming, but there will still be plenty of new ways to get something new to read at the library!
The library will be open on one morning in the holiday for families to come and borrow new library books. We’ll be open on Wednesday 21st December, 8.30-11.30am. All students must be accompanied by a parent/carer who stays throughout – we will not be responsible for children at any time.
We have ebooks for children to read too! For Junior children, we have Tumblebooks, where they can read online and listen to great quality audio of stories read aloud. Whilst Tumblebooks is mainly for EY1-Y3 children, there are also some longer books in the Readalong section that are good for KS2 children. Tumblebooks log-in details can be found on the library blog at http://blogs.shrewsbury.ac.th/library/online-resources-for-junior-students/
For Senior students we have Overdrive downloadable ebooks! These can be downloaded for free onto any Apple, Blackberry or Android smartphone/reading device. There’s a great selection of teen and adult fiction, along with some entertaining Science and Economics books. There’s more information about how Overdrive works at http://blogs.shrewsbury.ac.th/library/2011/11/08/get-your-downloadable-ebooks-here/. To get started, download the free app Overdrive Media Console from your normal app store and send Ms Crimp a studywiz message to ask for your username and password.
All books borrowed last week and this week can be kept over the Christmas holiday, and are due back at the start of next term. Teachers and parents, remember that you can borrow books for yourself as well!
We recommend using the library’s online resources to get your information – these are great, trustworthy resources such as World Book Online that are easy to access. For details follow the links on the left side of the library blog.
You can send Ms Crimp a message in Studywiz at any point during the holiday – she may take a few days to reply but she will try to check this regularly.