The Great Gatsby…Random thoughts about reading, book club, and such…
Believe it or not, I had never read it. With great anticipation I downloaded it onto my Kindle. The opening lines were interesting. Actually they were very thoughtful.
The narrator was reiterating his dad’s advice, “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages you’ve had.”
Great advice to live by.
I thought, “This is going to be a great book. Now I know why this is a classic.”
Unfortunately, that is where my fondness for this book stopped. I found it sad, pretentious, filled with the silliness of those who are so impressed with themselves and their own wealth and station in life…ugh…I could barely get through it.
As I sat in a restaurant last week reading it as fast as I could, just to get to the end, I stopped.
Why am I reading this drivel? No one is forcing me to do this. I love to read, but why read this?
So…off to Wikipedia…there I learned how the book ended and then went on to another book.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
I have friends that only read faith-based, Christian literature. My BFF being one of them. How I respect that decision! I know I could never be so disciplined…but that’s her…one of the most disciplined ladies I know. Faithful is the word I use to describe her.
Other friends read a little of this and a little of that…like me.
Which is right?
I don’t think we should feel guilty for enjoying secular writing…I believe this is between God and me. Between you and God.
BUT…I learned or should I say relearned…read what I like, read what is good…not drivel.
Now some of you may say, ‘Oh, my! What is wrong with her? The Great Gatsby was just that…GREAT.’
For those of you that feel that way…I want to say (with a big smile) what is wrong with you…just kidding…that is why they make cake, cookies and pie…a choice for all of us.
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