So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past...

So, why is The Great Gatsby on every list of greatest novels? 

It's obvious why 60-year-old literary guys are in love with The Great Gatsby--the story is baby-boomer catnip with its fixation on first-world problems and manic-pixie dream girls.

Like everyone else, I read this book as a junior in high school--as far removed from an old white guy as a girl can be, so I didn't get it. Nothing about the book felt like it was for me.

So, I sold my copy of the book to some underclassman for a buck and never thought about The Great Gatsby again. Ever.

The End.

Roll Credits.

Have a Nice Day.

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Okay, so it wasn't over, because here we are. And, of course, there's the little fact that The Great Gatsby had a bit of a renaissance among the under-30 crowd after the movie came out in 2013.

Oh, Baz Luhrmann, you silver-fox, you can make anything exciting with only Leonardo Dicaprio and your bag of shiny, shiny anachronisms.


So I dusted off a copy of the 'great American novel' to see if I could finally decipher why this book is heralded as one of the best ever written.