Which to Read First: The Great Gatsby or The Hobbit?

Which should I read first?

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Which to Read First: The Great Gatsby or The Hobbit?

Postby ScotchRobbins » Tue Jan 08, 2013 8:31 pm

I have nothing to read, but haven't read either of these, so I figured I'd take some opinions.

I've heard good things about both of these books. On one hand, The Hobbit has something of a community right now, and The Lord of the Rings is a series following it. However, The Great Gatsby also sounds interesting, if not a bit deep for me. I can take a good sociopolitical critique here and there, but I don't have the intellectual depth that may be required to appreciate this book.

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Re: Which to Read First: The Great Gatsby or The Hobbit?

Postby TripExistence » Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:15 pm

Why don't you read both of them at once? They're very different and I feel like it wouldn't be that difficult to switch back and forth.

They're also both decently short, so I'm not sure how much it matters. However, having read both, I'd definitely say that they're worth your time.

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Re: Which to Read First: The Great Gatsby or The Hobbit?

Postby ccgr » Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:19 pm

I think read both in school, been such a long time...The Hobbit is more memorable for me

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Re: Which to Read First: The Great Gatsby or The Hobbit?

Postby ScotchRobbins » Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:42 pm

Okay. So at this time, I believe I will start with The Hobbit unless one of the forum's dashing intellectuals come parading in with an outstanding reason as to why I should read The Great Gatsby.

And no... I would get very confused switching between the two. I will find one far more interesting than the other, likely, and prune off the other book so I won't bother to finish it.
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Re: Which to Read First: The Great Gatsby or The Hobbit?

Postby JOJ650s » Tue Jan 08, 2013 11:44 pm

I haven't read the other, though yes, the Hobbit is a great book. :)
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Re: Which to Read First: The Great Gatsby or The Hobbit?

Postby ArchAngel » Tue Jan 08, 2013 11:52 pm

The Hobbit. Does the Great Gatsby have a dragon? I didn't think so.
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Re: Which to Read First: The Great Gatsby or The Hobbit?

Postby ScotchRobbins » Wed Jan 09, 2013 1:06 am

The Hobbit. Does the Great Gatsby have a dragon? I didn't think so.
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Re: Which to Read First: The Great Gatsby or The Hobbit?

Postby ohnolookout » Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:21 pm

Gatsby was/is an excellent commentary on the "gotta have it now" culture of the 20's, much like today IMO. It's a pretty good read...


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Re: Which to Read First: The Great Gatsby or The Hobbit?

Postby harrelsonm » Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:38 pm

We just finished reading the book and with the movie out it was perfect timing. Read the Hobbit and then go see the movie!

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Re: Which to Read First: The Great Gatsby or The Hobbit?

Postby Chozon1 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:31 am

Why was this even a question?
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Re: Which to Read First: The Great Gatsby or The Hobbit?

Postby ScotchRobbins » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:08 pm

Why was this even a question?
Because I know few-to-none on both of these books, and this website has a decent intellectual community (ArchAngel, ArcticFox, and you among others).
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Re: Which to Read First: The Great Gatsby or The Hobbit?

Postby Orodrist » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:15 pm

Only thing is you have to smoke a pipe while reading The Hobbit
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Re: Which to Read First: The Great Gatsby or The Hobbit?

Postby ScotchRobbins » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:21 pm

Only thing is you have to smoke a pipe while reading The Hobbit
Gatsby it is.
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Re: Which to Read First: The Great Gatsby or The Hobbit?

Postby ArchAngel » Thu Jan 17, 2013 9:13 pm

Only thing is you have to smoke a pipe while reading The Hobbit
That sounds pretty amazing, sitting outside with a pipe hanging off your mouth, packed with longbottom, the finest pipe-weed in the southfarthing.
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Re: Which to Read First: The Great Gatsby or The Hobbit?

Postby ScotchRobbins » Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:02 pm

Only thing is you have to smoke a pipe while reading The Hobbit
That sounds pretty amazing, sitting outside with a pipe hanging off your mouth, packed with longbottom, the finest pipe-weed in the southfarthing.
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