Some Gatsbys are Greater than Others, Ctd.

And then there’s Kathryn Schulz at New York Magazine, who doesn’t think any Gatsbys are worth a damn:

Gatsby is in a class by itself. It is the only book I have read so often despite failing—in the face of real effort and sincere ­intentions—to derive almost any pleasure at all from the experience.

Schulz finds The Great Gatsby to be “aesthetically overrated, psychologically vacant, and morally complacent,” and believes that “we kid ourselves about the lessons it contains.” Experience the full brunt of her dislike here. Feel free to let us know if you agree or disagree in the comments.

More of Fiction Advocate’s Gatsby coverage here.

– Michael Moats

One comment

  1. When I despise something I want to avoid it. Schulz seems to despise Gatsby the way main characters in a romantic comedy despise each other: by getting frustrated and indignant and obsessive and eventually making out.

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