The beginning of the book is so-so, but as the story progressed it gets better. Approaching the end of the book was like watching a train wreck in slow motion, you know that everything can only end up in a disaster but there's no way to avoid it. The language somehow feels more poetic in the latter half of the story. The introduction included in my copy of the book is also very useful to help the reader know more about the historical background of 1920s America. The 'roaring twenties' are all about the glittering, superficial world of the rich or 'leisure class' which the characters in this book are part of.