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Otter Perry ottertee at
Wed Feb 12 08:33:15 EST 2003

Robyn Starkey wrote:

> I always resisted reading Gatsby because of its Great American novel
> reputation, until a friend whose judgement about books I trust insisted
> that I should teach it for this semester. I think it is a great work merely
> on the basis of his use of language. I am not so sure about the great,
> American tag. I find the racism in the book unsettling.

Well, shoot.  It can't be as bad as the racism in _Huckleberry Finn_,
another work touted as the GAN.  I have to admit I can't remember Gatsby --
it's been forty years or so since I read it.  It's also been that long
since I read Huck Finn, and I remember _that_ with a _lot_ of distaste.
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