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(Uproxx)   "Couldn't you boil this book down to 'biatches Be Crazy'?" - Colbert's most excellent analysis of The Great Gatsby   (uproxx.com) divider line 76
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2013-05-10 12:34:52 PM
I still can't figure out how this book tops the list of the greatest American novels.

I had to read it in college and I damned near didn't survive the ordeal (it was the most boring book I've ever read).
 
2013-05-10 12:42:34 PM
did they just link the entire episode piece by piece on their website?
 
2013-05-10 12:49:44 PM
Analysis of The Great Gatsby: Don't put pussy on a pedestal.
 
2013-05-10 12:53:00 PM
"Money doesn't buy happiness, but it sure can rent it for a while."
 
2013-05-10 12:54:00 PM

ristst: I still can't figure out how this book tops the list of the greatest American novels.

I had to read it in college and I damned near didn't survive the ordeal (it was the most boring book I've ever read).


Read it in high school.  Didn't think too much of (or remember too much of) the plot, but I found the language and the writing style to be beautiful.

Unlike  An American Tragedy (which we also had to read that semester), which seemed to have nothing whatsoever redeemable about it.
 
2013-05-10 12:54:57 PM

ristst: I still can't figure out how this book tops the list of the greatest American novels.

I had to read it in college and I damned near didn't survive the ordeal (it was the most boring book I've ever read).


You have to admit it, the prose, itself was good. The plot and the characters sucked. But Fitzgerald knew how to squeeze a word for all its worth.

/thought it was boring too
//wished I could use language like he did though
 
2013-05-10 12:56:09 PM

ristst: I still can't figure out how this book tops the list of the greatest American novels.

I had to read it in college and I damned near didn't survive the ordeal (it was the most boring book I've ever read).


Plottingwise, it's certainly not a page turner. But it's So. farking. Well. Written. that it's worth the effort.
 
2013-05-10 01:00:13 PM
I hope he got some kind of check for cross-promoting what appears to be a shiatty movie
 
2013-05-10 01:10:19 PM

ristst: (it was the most boring book I've ever read).


You've obviously not read The Scarlet Letter.
 
2013-05-10 01:13:05 PM
Fun Fact: Hunter S Thompson retyped The Great Gatsby just to get the feeling of typing a great novel.
 
2013-05-10 01:18:44 PM

Uzzah: "Money doesn't buy happiness, but it sure can rent it for a while."


He had that town on its knobby little knees
 
2013-05-10 01:21:50 PM

devilEther: Fun Fact: Hunter S Thompson retyped The Great Gatsby just to get the feeling of typing a great novel.


If he wanted to retype a great novel, why'd he choose Gatsby?
 
2013-05-10 01:22:49 PM

PizzaJedi81: ristst: (it was the most boring book I've ever read).

You've obviously not read The Scarlet Letter.


But I did have to read Look Homeward Angel and Henderson the Rain King.

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ..........
 
2013-05-10 01:26:26 PM

PizzaJedi81: devilEther: Fun Fact: Hunter S Thompson retyped The Great Gatsby just to get the feeling of typing a great novel.

If he wanted to retype a great novel, why'd he choose Gatsby?


Because he hadn't written Fear and Loathing yet?
 
2013-05-10 01:38:16 PM
And sadly people, college kids or high school kids, will use his analysis and without any critical thinking motivation for themselves, never really look into the book for what it's worth.  In a time of high society, glimmer and glam and putting on the Ritz, it's a fascinating spotlight of how the 1% lived in that era.  They're no different than they are today except the technology has changed.
 
2013-05-10 01:46:36 PM
Wuthering Heights stood as the worst book I ever read for a long time. Then I was forced to read Twilight for a graduate level literature course, and the championship belt for most boring book ever read was immediately handed over.
 
2013-05-10 01:47:26 PM

SithLord: And sadly people, college kids or high school kids, will use his analysis and without any critical thinking motivation for themselves, never really look into the book for what it's worth.  In a time of high society, glimmer and glam and putting on the Ritz, it's a fascinating spotlight of how the 1% lived in that era.  They're no different than they are today except the technology has changed.


Also, a fat chick gets run over.
 
2013-05-10 01:52:16 PM

ristst: I still can't figure out how this book tops the list of the greatest American novels.

I had to read it in college and I damned near didn't survive the ordeal (it was the most boring book I've ever read).


Because it perfectly encapsulates the attitudes and culture of the time? See also: Jane Austen, John Steinbeck, etc.

I wouldn't call it a boring book, the beginning has a lot of set up and it's a bit dry, but the last half it really picks up and it's a fun read.

/I was really sad that I was the pretty much the only one who wasn't sleeping when we were listening to the AUDIO BOOK in HONORS English class.
//I think the teacher rewarded me by giving me A+s the rest of the year.
 
2013-05-10 02:04:17 PM
So Gatsby's claim to The Great American Novel is on technical merits?

I'm with team Tropic of Cancer
 
2013-05-10 02:04:18 PM

DeadintheShadows: graduate level literature course


Horrific Novels of the 21st Century?
 
2013-05-10 02:05:59 PM

DeadintheShadows: Wuthering Heights stood as the worst book I ever read for a long time. Then I was forced to read Twilight for a graduate level literature course...


At what school?  DeVry?
 
2013-05-10 02:08:07 PM
I prefer Kate Beaton's comic summary of it.

/"fark the jazz age"
 
2013-05-10 02:15:05 PM
shortymac:
/I was really sad that I was the pretty much the only one who wasn't sleeping when we were listening to the AUDIO BOOK in HONORS English class.

encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com
 
2013-05-10 02:18:33 PM

PizzaJedi81: DeadintheShadows: graduate level literature course

Horrific Novels of the 21st Century?


K.B.O. Winston: DeadintheShadows: Wuthering Heights stood as the worst book I ever read for a long time. Then I was forced to read Twilight for a graduate level literature course...

At what school?  DeVry?


Ha. No, it was a "Dangerous Literature" course at Eastern Michigan University. It sounded fun when I signed up...then it turned out to be a course about teaching banned books to middle and high school students.

I stuck around because it fulfilled requirements and I was hellbent on finishing my graduate degree in two years.
 
2013-05-10 02:23:05 PM

DeadintheShadows: "Dangerous Literature" course at Eastern Michigan University


Was the Monster Book of Monsters on the syllabus?
 
2013-05-10 02:24:05 PM

ristst: I still can't figure out how this book tops the list of the greatest American novels.

I had to read it in college and I damned near didn't survive the ordeal (it was the most boring book I've ever read).


Got no dog in the Great Gatsby race, but... know how I know you never read The Scarlet Letter?
 
2013-05-10 02:25:03 PM

PizzaJedi81: ristst: (it was the most boring book I've ever read).

You've obviously not read The Scarlet Letter.


Damnit!
 
2013-05-10 02:25:42 PM

NateAsbestos: ristst: I still can't figure out how this book tops the list of the greatest American novels.

I had to read it in college and I damned near didn't survive the ordeal (it was the most boring book I've ever read).

Got no dog in the Great Gatsby race, but... know how I know you never read The Scarlet Letter?


Internet high five, bro!
 
2013-05-10 02:29:01 PM

PizzaJedi81: NateAsbestos: ristst: I still can't figure out how this book tops the list of the greatest American novels.

I had to read it in college and I damned near didn't survive the ordeal (it was the most boring book I've ever read).

Got no dog in the Great Gatsby race, but... know how I know you never read The Scarlet Letter?

Internet high five, bro!


For sure. I was always a book nut, and actually liked most of the books we were required to read (East of Eden is one of my favorite books, ever). The Scarlet Letter was the only assigned literature I ever gave up on. The tipping point was when I realized that a sentence I was reading had started two pages back... fark me.
 
2013-05-10 02:32:26 PM

NateAsbestos: The tipping point was when I realized that a sentence I was reading had started two pages back... fark me.


And yet, when Lemony Snickett did it, it was hiLARious. Go figure.

The other book that blew goat chunks: Old Man and the Sea.
 
2013-05-10 02:38:48 PM
 
2013-05-10 02:44:57 PM

PizzaJedi81: NateAsbestos: The tipping point was when I realized that a sentence I was reading had started two pages back... fark me.

And yet, when Lemony Snickett did it, it was hiLARious. Go figure.

The other book that blew goat chunks: Old Man and the Sea.


Never read Lemony Snickett. Don't think I ever will, now. Thanks for the warning :P

OMatS was incredibly hamfisted and overrated... I didn't hate A Farewell to Arms though, even if it was his maserbatory revenge-fantasy against that nurse who snubbed him in Italy.
 
2013-05-10 02:45:05 PM

SithLord: And sadly people, college kids or high school kids, will use his analysis and without any critical thinking motivation for themselves, never really look into the book for what it's worth.  In a time of high society, glimmer and glam and putting on the Ritz, it's a fascinating spotlight of how the 1% lived in that era.  They're no different than they are today except the technology has changed.


i1162.photobucket.com
 
2013-05-10 02:48:20 PM

NateAsbestos: Never read Lemony Snickett. Don't think I ever will, now. Thanks for the warning :P


No, no, no, no, no, no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  n o,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  n o,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  n o,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  n o,  no,  no,  no, You ABSOLUTELY want to read the books. They're pretty amazing.
 
2013-05-10 02:50:15 PM

DeadintheShadows: Wuthering Heights stood as the worst book I ever read for a long time.


If I had one hand grenade, I would save it for Emily f*cking Bronte.
 
2013-05-10 02:50:59 PM
biatches be gettin' truculent.


/obscure
 
2013-05-10 02:51:29 PM
NateAsbestos: I didn't hate A Farewell to Arms though, even if it was his maserbatory revenge-fantasy against that nurse who snubbed him in Italy.

1.bp.blogspot.com

WTF!
 
2013-05-10 03:00:13 PM

kronicfeld: DeadintheShadows: Wuthering Heights stood as the worst book I ever read for a long time.

If I had one hand grenade, I would save it for Emily f*cking Bronte.


Nothing better than a woman who died an old maid and was basically a recluse who had no friends outside of her immediate family writing a tragedy about love.
 
2013-05-10 03:03:08 PM

entropic_existence: kronicfeld: DeadintheShadows: Wuthering Heights stood as the worst book I ever read for a long time.

If I had one hand grenade, I would save it for Emily f*cking Bronte.

Nothing better than a woman who died an old maid and was basically a recluse who had no friends outside of her immediate family writing a tragedy about love.


Mark Twain on Jane Austen: "Every time I read Pride and Prejudice, I want to dig her up and hit her over the skull with her own shin bone." 

/Applies to Bronte as well.
 
2013-05-10 03:16:26 PM

Plant Rights Activist: did they just link the entire episode piece by piece on their website?


They usually do that the day after to get the ad revenue. Shows like Colbert don't have the kind of long term rerun potential like Seinfeld, so they realistically only have a day or two to make their money off of it.
 
2013-05-10 03:30:22 PM
The Pilgrim's Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come

I defy you all to name a more boring book.  Even the title is dull.
 
2013-05-10 03:31:14 PM

NateAsbestos: PizzaJedi81: NateAsbestos: ristst: I still can't figure out how this book tops the list of the greatest American novels.

I had to read it in college and I damned near didn't survive the ordeal (it was the most boring book I've ever read).

Got no dog in the Great Gatsby race, but... know how I know you never read The Scarlet Letter?

Internet high five, bro!

For sure. I was always a book nut, and actually liked most of the books we were required to read (East of Eden is one of my favorite books, ever). The Scarlet Letter was the only assigned literature I ever gave up on. The tipping point was when I realized that a sentence I was reading had started two pages back... fark me.


i2.ytimg.com
 
2013-05-10 03:47:21 PM

SithLord: And sadly people, college kids or high school kids, will use his analysis and without any critical thinking motivation for themselves, never really look into the book for what it's worth.  In a time of high society, glimmer and glam and putting on the Ritz, it's a fascinating spotlight of how the 1% lived in that era.  They're no different than they are today except the technology has changed.


Yes, because I was totally going to read this book were it not for Colbert dedicating an episode to it. What a monster he is.

/didn't even see that episode, though I watch regularly
//reading takes farking forever, I don't have time for it
 
2013-05-10 03:50:51 PM
devilEther:
mcmnky:


I don't get either of these references... :(
 
2013-05-10 03:54:47 PM

PizzaJedi81: NateAsbestos: Never read Lemony Snickett. Don't think I ever will, now. Thanks for the warning :P

No, no, no, no, no, no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  n o,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  n o,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  n o,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  no,  n o,  no,  no,  no, You ABSOLUTELY want to read the books. They're pretty amazing.


Heh, alright then.... maybe.
 
2013-05-10 03:56:05 PM

NateAsbestos: devilEther:
mcmnky:

I don't get either of these references... :(


mine is Bradley Cooper's character's response to A Farewell to Arms in the film Silver Linings Playbook.
mcmnky is commenting on the lengthy sentences found in the books of Marcel Proust.
 
2013-05-10 04:13:23 PM
I want to like Willa Cather, really...but oh so boring.
 
2013-05-10 04:29:16 PM
I loved The Great Gatsby.  But then again, I grew up the one poor kid amongst a bunch of rich kids.  The book had a great deal of relevance to me.
 
2013-05-10 04:46:23 PM
Tried to read Gatsby once. Couldn't get past the flowers in front of the house.
 
ecl
2013-05-10 04:50:43 PM
My father's family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.
I give Pirrip as my father's family name, on the authority of his tombstone and my sister - Mrs. Joe Gargery, who married the blacksmith. As I never saw my father or my mother, and never saw any likeness of either of them (for their days were long before the days of photographs), my first fancies regarding what they were like, were unreasonably derived from their tombstones. The shape of the letters on my father's, gave me an odd idea that he was a square, stout, dark man, with curly black hair. From the character and turn of the inscription,


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Great Expectations gets my vote for shallow and pedantic litereary bores.
 
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