"For all the weight it's carried around over the years, it's a relatively thin novel. Less than 200 pages in most paperback versions, it is nonetheless obese with style and panache and highly-charged conflict and morality and all the other ingredients that put one novel on a pedestal above all others. As the years pass, our recollection of The Great Gatsby grows heavier and heavier, until finally we think of it in such general terms (Wealth and Decadence! Jazz Age! Robert Redford!) that we sometimes forget the specifics–at the sentence- and paragraph-level–that made F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel one of the thickest pillars holding up our American literary mansion."
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