I read Gatsby a few years ago when there were all of those “Best 100 Books of the 20th Century” lists. At the time, I wasn’t impressed. But after hearing praise from a number of people, I decided to give it another chance. I have to say that I’m glad I did. First, the story is entertaining and a pretty quick read. But beyond that, I feel like there are layers and layers in there. I really found myself thinking about the fluctuating relationships between the characters, the influence of the 20’s, the way the story is revealed. I suppose that’s what every book sets out to do. Now I understand that Fitzgerald’s success is what put Gatsby at the top of all those lists.