Book Review: Think and Grow Rich

Source by Shreyans Singh

Who it's for : This book is a must-read book for anyone and everyone who wants to succeed in life. It's a bit dated, but its principles are timeless.

Readability : HIGH. It's a relatively short read meant to be read in multiple sitting to allow the reader to reflect on the information presented.

What We liked about it: This book is one of the few books I've read. To say it offers significant value for the money is an understatement. The author covers so many topics so densely and vividly, the material requires us to focus on the ideas and concepts presented, sometimes more reproducedly. I find the book to be effective in inducing reflection and a particular action on the part of the reader minds. I can say that anyone who has read this book must have, in any way, felt a change in their lives.

What I did not like about it: The title. This book goes far beyond the concept of money. It's about how we think and how we use should use our own energy. A more qualified title would have been around what you conceive and what you believe to get.

Where to find it:

Amazon @ $ 8.99

Amazon India @ Rs 75

"Think and Grow Rich" is the Guide to set the Thoughts and Actions That Lead to Success

I just can not give a short summary of the book as then it would be a disservice of the author. The details are so organized that it keeps the reader intact. The focus is on:

the power of our thoughts, and

the potential we have within ourselves

Hill is often seen quoting Carnegie in the book because he is the man who inspired Hill to dedicate much of his life to exploring and communicating the concepts of managing our own thoughts and energy can be life-changing for us.

The following are three themes in the book that most resonate with me:

The Power of Thought

The Power of the Subconscious

The Power of Purpose

1. The Power of Thought : We are what we think. Our thoughts affect how we see the world and how we see ourselves. As a result, our thoughts have a great deal of impact on how we feel and on how much energy we have to deal with a required action or situation. Our thoughts make us more or less responsive and observant of the things, circumstances and people around us. Hill goes as far as saying that this extends to the material world:

Thoughts = Things

2. The Power of the Subconscious: Where do you get your best ideas? I can almost guarantee you that it's not while you're at work. We usually get our best ideas when we're not consciously thinking about the problem we're trying to solve or the idea we're trying to come up with.

Eureka moments hardly ever occurs while we're "working hard", but rather when we're "hard-working".

Unfortunately, our way of life seems to invite us to ignore both the power of the subconscious mind and the breathing room we need to give it at some point. In order to feed our subconscious, we need to give it:

the raw materials it needs to work through (including a clear picture of what problem or opportunity we're trying to address),

little-to-no time pressure, and

no attention whatever, as it does its work.

Think And Grow Rich

When we take time to rest, play, or engage in any day-to-day conversation with others (including mastermind groups), learn from and about the experiences of others lives, we make room for the powerful subconscious to work its magic. The magic? To make connections to ideas that offer solutions we could never have come up with consciously.

The author tells it:

"You can not entirely control your subconscious mind, but you can voluntarily hand over to it any plan, desire, or purpose which you wish transformed into concrete form." (pg. 198)

3. The Power of Purpose: Deep down, we know what we want and need to accomplish over the long-term. It might not be crystal clear, but we have a good idea of ​​the direction we want to pursue. Unfortunately, rationalization, self-justification and doubt leads us to second guess it or explain it away, to our peril.

Here's a quote from the book:

"People who do not succeed have one distinguishing trait in common. They know all the reasons for failure and have what they believe to be air-tight alibis to explain away their own lack of achievement." (pg. 249)

When we focus on what we know we need to do, we can more easily establish an action plan and forge ahead. We feel motivated, alive, passionate. We have the energy to invest in ourselves and others. We have the energy to grow as a person. We learn what we need to know to be successful, not what others say we should know. We ignore the naysayers and objects. We're curious and engaged.

Purpose as a Guide = A Fulfilling Life

And yes, the author does talk about money and offers many concrete tools and references to allow us to be incrementally introspective and take explicit action. But I think we can all appreciate the bolder insights shared above also serve to help us in that aspect of our lives. For more on the money concepts within it, I would suggest reading Chapter 2 titled "Desire", "The Thirty-One Major Causes of Failure" in the middle of the book and the "Fear of Poverty" section towards the end of the book .

Book Review: A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Source by Lynai Lamason

How do I begin writing a review of a book that tackles a subject a can not fully comprehend? Mathematics and physics, anyone? But, I am getting ahead of myself.

I first encountered the word tesseract while browsing Goodreads and chanced upon Alex Garland's novel, The Tesseract. (Yes, the Alex Garland who is the author of the infamous book, The Beach.) I was totally intrigued with The Tesseract, not because of the tesseract concept per se, but because of the Philippine setting, particularly Manila. Currently, however, I can no longer recall what the story of The Tesseract was all about after I read it some two years ago. I am sure, though, that there was no description there of what a teserract is (or did I just miss it?). This time, with Madeleine L 'Engle's A Wrinkle In Time, there was an explanation of what this term means, except that I think I do not totally get the concept.

A Wrinkle In Time was first published in 1967 by American author, Madeleine L "Engle (1918-2007), and won numerous awards, one of which was the prestigious Newbery Medal – an award given to a particular book for its distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Given that A Wrinkle In Time has won the Newbery Medal, I was expecting a children's story that is a quick and easy read; but lo, and behold, this book makes huge demands on the imagination. I, in all of my thirty years, can not still fully grasp what a teserract is. Add to that my very unsatisfactory understanding with mathematics, physics, and geometry. This is not to say that I did not like the book. I TOTALLY LOVED IT! I loved it because it has made me think. It was amazing, in a literal way, because my mind until now is still processing the concept of a tesseract. Too bad, the explanation in the book entitles some mathematical computations, and what little skill I have with numbers unfortunately does not include the book's demands. Sigh.

Still, I was amazed with how Miss L'Engle crafted her characters and weaved her plot, encompassing not only time travel but space travel as well. Of course, time and space travel stories are not entirely new to me, but considering that the book was published almost 50 years ago, A Wrinkle In Time has exceeded my expectations of "old" books like this. Madeleine L 'Engle is indeed one amazing writer.

What surprised me while reading this book are the Biblical quotes. Considering that this book is categorized as science fiction, Christian themes are not lost in it. In fact, strong biblical allusions are awaiting in the story. I love that the primary theme of the story is love – a theme that is not actually new in most children's books but compelling, nonetheless.

A Wrinkle In Time wraps up so beautifully in the end, though a bit mushy. But then anything lovely is mushy, do not you think?

I am surprised that this is just the first of a series of other books because standing alone, A Wrinkle In Time is one excellent book. I am not under the compulsive yet of completing all the books in the series, but maybe sometimes in the future I'll pick up her other books, when my brain is again ready for some wild, out-of-this-world calisthenics.

5 stars.

The Courage to Succeed – Book Review

Source by Shannen Lee

The Courage to Succeed is a book by three-time Olympian Ruben Gonzalez. After competing in the winter Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002, Mr. Gonzalez was invited to speak about his Olympic experiences at a school. His speech was so well received that he soon a launched a new career as a professional speaker, sharing his stories and insights about success.

What sets this book apart from other self-help books is the author’s ability to illustrate success principles through memorable and sometimes humorous stories that he experienced personally. He offers a perspective that few people have. From a regular 21-year-old who had demonstrated little success in any type of sports, Mr. Gonzalez succeeded in becoming an Olympic athelete. Mr. Gonzalez competed in the sport of luge, a sport where you race in sleds on ice, often at high speeds of 90 mph or more. This is not a sport for the faint at heart. As Mr. Gonzalez wrote in the book, “The luge track is a mile long chute of mean, slick, unforgiving ice that starts fifty stories high. Fifty stories! That’s way up!”

It was no small feat that Mr. Gonzalez started in the sport of luge only at 21, when most Olympic hopefuls in the sport would have had 10 years of experience under their belt. The book’s theme about cultivating the courage to succeed is true to life as the Mr. Gonzalez had to demonstrate great courage all the way through his Olympic journey, from beginning to end.

The book is written in a casual friendly style that allows readers to easily identify with the author as a regular person. I felt while reading the book that by following his way of thinking and approach to problems, I too can set a dream and achieve it.

Mr. Gonzalez’s real life stories illustrate many success principles that we may already have heard about before. His examples bridge the gap between theory and practice. For example, in Part 1 of the book, there is a section titled “How to Raise Your Self Belief Level.” He outlined his personal journey in building his self belief. When I understood how he was able to do it, I began to understand where I may be stuck and what I could do to overcome being stuck.

The book itself can be a useful tool in your personal journey to success. On many pages you will find useful quotes that serve as reminders to powerful success principles that the Mr. Gonzalez has written about. After your first reading of the book, you can flip through the book quickly to once again savor the quotes and the wisdom behind them, reinforcing these ideas in your awareness. The book also comes with a card containing a 12-line Champion’s Creed that summarizes the author’s main ideas on what it takes to become a champion.

In summary, I recommend this book for anyone who is ready to experience greater success in his or her life. The book is filled with interesting and inspiring stories. These are stories that could allow you to find the courage that you need to succeed.

Waiting For the Rain – Sheila Gordon – Book Review

Source by Larry Lynn

Before realizing the significance of the name of the story, I thought more appropriate titles might be My Friend, Frikka or, perhaps, War and Peas. Last Tengo in Jo’burg came to mind but was quickly dismissed because of the nature of the original movie. Then, I saw a metaphorical relationship that equated the rain, relief from the drought, to peaceful coexistence of blacks and whites in South Africa so that education for all could be attained. Just as the rain never came, neither has the much desired defeat of apartheid nor equality of education. Not, yet. The story affected me not so much for the reality of the social problem it depicted as for the many quotes that awakened long-dormant memories of the innocence of youth that is adulterated by the unreasonable hatred that grows from unfounded fear based on illogical premises and perpetuated by uninformed ignorance (to use an appropriate redundancy).

I empathized with both Frikkie and Tengo as they innocently frolicked unmindful of the raging social conflicts that exploded in the urban centers. To one another they were equals in all ways, the different color of their skin having as much affect as either one’s dislike of boiled okra. They were two young boys involved in life for the love of it. My own youth was spent, for two months every year, in total isolation from the destructive power of prejudicial conflict. The camp at Boys’ Harbor in East Hampton was secluded and insulated from the mainstream of social lines of demarcation; there, blacks, whites, Chicanos, Protestants, Catholics, and Jews intermingled with total imperviousness to the differences that otherwise would have had us at each other’s throats for no other reason than the fact that we were different. There, we were all the same. I recalled with Ferrant fondness the relationship I had with a young Hispanic boy with whom I lived within a group at a convent in Sparkhill, New York. We were playing cowboys and Indians. At five years old each, we enjoyed the role playing and changed sides as often as the Spring breezes changed directions. During one of our capturing moments, when the Indian wrestled the cowboy to the ground or the cowboy held the Indian at bay with a sneak attack hammerlock, we fell together to the ground still intertwined inseparably. We were exhausted from the play and rested still caught in the entanglement as if in a lover’s erotic embrace. I was on top and looked into the eyes of Fernando Hernandez with a deep love for another human being because he was alive and happy to be with me as I was with him. I often watch puppies and kittens play with the same disregard for their differences as I did for what made Fernando and me different. The fact that we were both human beings was all that really mattered. I still feel that way, but society, as a whole, doesn’t. That is unfortunate.

The contrast of Frikkie’s negative attitude toward school to Tengo’s thirst for knowledge remained constant. It was pleasant to see that Tengo was able to get the opportunity and took advantage of that occasion to the ultimate of his capability. It was likewise sad to see that Frikkie never saw the light, that Tengo’s enthusiasm was not contagious. That scenario may have seemed too ideal and unrealistic for a story that stresses the real world conflicts rather than story book endings. It was not unbelievable that the army would have done for Frikkie what it did nor was it incredible that the chance meeting of Frikkie and Tengo under those direst of circumstances could have happened. It could and many similar chance meetings with more serious consequences have occurred.

How wonderful it would be if all children of reading age had the same hunger for knowledge that Tengo shows throughout the story until his decision to return to the farm. A world of adventure opened for me like windows to the universe when I discovered how I could vicariously experience the wonders of other countries without ever leaving the ghetto of my birthplace.

Need I say more? This theme of the threat by the educated black was hammered mercilessly by Sannie and the oubaas. I do not, however, believe that this is a universally accepted conviction. Education is the key to eliminating prejudicial hatred. Ignorance is the poker that stokes the fires of racism not just against blacks by whites but any minority by any other group that thinks it is superior.

Consider the following concept.

In the black schools and universities, they’re giving us an inferior education — gutter education. Bantu education is designed to make us better slaves. (page 113)

The truth of this presumption may very well have some basis in Africa, but the aim is not to make better slaves as was intimated. That is the kind of fallacy that perpetuates the hate based on fear ideology. There are poor schools in third world countries that try to do the best with what they have and they coexist with far wealthier institutions. But, it is an economic problem, not a social one. Both schools vie with one another for the dollars of the student base. Those who can afford the more prestigious school with the more motivated teachers and more copious supplies do so. The others suffer with less than the best. The motivation is not suppression. It is part of the way of life, a kind of survival of the fittest.

These lines struck a note that reinforces the idea that in our youthful innocence, when we are green like young saplings, we feel no prejudice other than what we learn from others, particularly those from whom we learn — parents and teachers — and our peers who affect us with their experiences and beliefs and infect us with what poisons were unwittingly slipped into their unsuspecting bodies and minds. I saw the relationship of green with innocence immediately and connected the rain, which makes nature green again, to education, which can make the darkness of ignorance light again.

This Catch-22 goes on even now regarding any conflict that involves two sides each of which wants concessions before concord. For example, one faction won’t give up its guns until peace talks begin while the other side won’t begin talks until the guns are surrendered. These are power struggles that will exist in innumerable forms so long as one group has something the other wants and neither will budge until the other sacrifices something of value — like power, possession, or assets. This is a recurrent theme for which there are countless stories, one for each conflict about man versus man, man against god, or man in conflict with society.

There are passages that remind me that when we feel all is lost and we sink into the unfathomable abyss of despair, we can reach out to someone who can make life seem more worthwhile because of his/her existence. Happiness is sharing even unhappiness with another who is willing to understand, be compassionate, and still remain steadfast and loyal to one another. It was disappointing to see Tengo release his tentative grip on someone he cared for because of the fear of falling into a trap that caught someone else. He had a chance to show integrity and strength. Instead, he succumbed to the fear of failure. Well, we all have our Achilles heels.

Everyone pays for prejudice. It is not inherent. It is learned from those from whom we least expect it. Education is a healing remedy, but by the time education can apply its balm, the cancer had already spread its deadly venom too late to cure the unwilling victim.

My Favorite Positive Motivational Quotes

Source by Sid Savara

It’s easy to give up when times get tough – and oftentimes, that’s exactly what people will do. I’ve been there, and I’ve seen it happen too many times to friends and colleagues.

However, I’ve learned over time that a positive motivational quote delivered at the right time can work wonders. It can lift a person’s spirits, bring them back from their darkness and into a place where they once again are the positive, motivated people I know them to be.

You are positive. You are motivated. You are enough – and today, I want to share with you some of my favorite positive motivational quotes.

Sid’s Favorite Positive Motivational Quotes

  • “To be a champion, You have to believe in yourself when nobody else will.” – Sugar Ray Robinson
  • “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambition. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain
  • “I would rather attempt something great and fail than attempt to do nothing and succeed.” – Robert Schuller
  • “Men are born to succeed, not to fail.” – Henry David Thoreau
  • “Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good that we oft may win by fearing to attempt.” – William Shakespeare

If you’ve  enjoyed these quotes, I have no doubt that you and I will get along. I’ve often found that people who enjoy similar quotes have similar mindsets, similar outlooks on life – and end up walking similar paths.  

I hope you will continue your journey with me, and download a free copy of my motivational quotes eBook below – my gift to you.

Orangeries Prices – Finding Competitive Quotes for Quality Orangeries

Source by Annie A. Smith

Not many people would understand the term ‘orangery’. An orangery is comparable to a conservatory or a greenhouse. Many British homes add an extension to their house in the form of an orangery and these may add to the appeal of the entire home.

Orangeries are in demand these days not only because they are reasonably cheap but also they can add to the beauty of your property as well as add a new space for anything that you need to store in. In the past, they were used more as a greenhouse to grow plants or more commonly, a place to grow citrus fruits, hence the name. But now, they can be good as dining rooms, lounging area, game rooms, or whatever you think is good to have around in an extra space. Because of the increase of popularity of orangeries, more of them have become cheaper and cheaper. They used to be really costly; however, many companies can now offer affordable, reasonable orangery prices for the benefit of all. Your house with an orangery can now be a very beautiful place to welcome all friends and guests. Mostly, these structures are made of glass which enhances the amount of light that enters in the room. Nowadays, UPVC is more commonly used because it can reduce the whole installation costs as well as the maintenance costs and requirements.

If you need to have an orangery installed in your property, you need to find competitive orangery prices offered in the internet. Many conservatory companies do not offer basic quotes for installations such as orangeries. Make sure a company will give you the exact price not just give you an estimated figure. You need to know what you are getting for the price you are paying. Beware of those add-ons that may come with the installation, which you may not be aware of. Get the quotes you needed so you will not be surprised with the cost of the whole installation. The orangery prices differ according to designs, the materials used, the labor, how many windows and how many doors you need to have reformed. All these factors will help you determine the price for the whole thing.

Now it can be made easy for you. There are many sites that can provide you with excellent quotes for orangeries. These sites have forms for you to fill out and from there, you will get an idea of the amount you are most probably going to pay for.

As A Man Thinketh Quotes and The Fear Of Public Speaking

Source by Mack Payne

When James Allen wrote his remarkable book As A Man Thinketh he left us with many valuable quotes that can make big differences in our lives if we choose to make use of them. One arena of life that comes to mind is public speaking. Glossophobia ranks number one on the generally recognized official list of fears. It is surprising to learn that more people suffer from that malady than such common dreads as necrophobia, arachnophobia, scotophobia, acrophobia or brontophobia.

From experience I can testify that public speaking whether before a few or many can scare the daylights out of a person. It can cause anxiety, physical distress, nausea, feelings of panic and other such calamities. For years I was so hindered by that fear my career aspirations were restricted. For Me there is a happy ending. Today I am a Distinguished Toastmaster and I enjoy speaking in public. This is a high level of achievement for someone who was so afraid to speak in public.

Two discoveries helped me overcome my speaking obstacles. One was Toastmasters International and the other was the timeless wisdom of James Allen’s book and its quotes. The particular quote that helped in my being able to competently speak in public was “the laws of thought; which is totally a matter of application,
self analysis, and experience.”

There is an industry built around helping people conquer their fear of public speaking. On the internet hundreds of programs are available. Some are free and others require a payment and they all have their so called unique solutions to the problem. It is too bad that more individuals do not partake of the most effective method in my estimation and that is Toastmasters International.

The way to get rid of glossophobia is quite simple and disarmingly easy. All that is required is a little training and a little practice before a supportive group. Many times I will see articles or hear speakers give out “trade secrets” of success in public speaking and realize it is a waste of time and money because just reading or hearing techniques aren’t worth much without a little practical application.

Some people are so desperate for help they will buy expensive courses and hire coaches (some coaches are paid thousands of dollars per session). Toastmasters is so effective because it gives helpful instruction gleaned from almost one hundred years of operation and it affords aspiring public speakers an opportunity to practice in front of an understanding audience. The audience is understanding because they all know they will be speaking to the same group in the near future.

Having resources available are of no value unless a person decides to put them to use in their life. The quote “the laws of thought; which is totally a matter of application, self analysis, and experience” is what got me off center. I self analyzed my problem and admitted that I needed help. Toastmasters International provided the experience.

The timeless wisdom of As A Man Thinketh helped me overcome a morbid fear of public speaking and it can assist a person in any endeavor in life if they will take to heart its teachings.

Got Grammar Games? Try Diagramming Sentences

Source by Elizabeth O’Brien

Grammar games can add some needed zest to your English grammar instruction. Looking for a new game? Try diagramming sentences! Seriously, your students will think that it’s fun. There are a few ways that you can turn sentence diagramming into a classroom game.

1. Competitive Sentence Diagramming

Most students love a chance to get up to the whiteboard and show their skills. After teaching students some basic sentence diagramming, have them split up into teams. Write a sentence on the whiteboard. Students then work as a team to diagram the sentence. Teams earn points based on the accuracy of their diagram and the amount of time that it took them to complete the diagram.

One teacher I interviewed who teaches middle school English had this to say about competitive sentence diagramming:

“I have discovered that students LOVE to compete at sentence diagramming – even if they are not very good at it.”

He even started a sentence diagramming club since the kids loved it so much.

2. Diagramming Puzzles

I like to make little sentence diagramming puzzles for students to solve. First, think of a good sentence to diagram. Then, make clues for the diagram. Make your clues similar to the clues in a crossword puzzle. Next, the students have to use the clues to guess the sentence and diagram it. It’s great fun for all!

Here is an example:

Clue #1: This sentence is a famous slogan for Nike.

Clue #2: It is an imperative sentence. That means that it is giving a command.

Clue #3: It has only three words.

(Answer: “Just do it.”)

3. Diagram Famous Quotes

Who doesn’t love a good quote? Diagramming quotes is a great way to integrate other lessons into your English grammar class. You can use quotes from a literature book that your students are reading or from a famous person living during a period in history that you are studying. It’s fun to integrate topics. Write out the quote and have the students diagram it, or diagram it as a class.

Don’t Remember How to Diagram a Sentence?

Most likely, you have no idea how to diagram sentences. It’s okay. I have started a whole website devoted to teaching grammar with diagrams.

The site includes free lessons, exercises, and diagrams so you can keep one step ahead of your students!

100 Promises to My Baby (Book Review)

Source by Joy Cagil

When I read the first few pages of this book, I thought to myself that I had come across, finally, a book that goes further than a how-to baby book in the physical sense.

I also have to admit that what hooked me in the beginning was the quote from Tagore, opposite the contents page. “Every child is born proof that God has not given up on human beings.” That is a quote I have always repeated to myself all through my life and all through the hectic times of our present-day history.

We take our baby raising tasks as if our babies are objects and they should be handled in a certain way. We always forget that there is a person inside that tiny being, and more importantly, that person has a soul. In contrast, Mallika Chopra’s book raises our understanding of having children to a higher level, to the level of the soul, by reflecting her deep awareness of the responsibilities of becoming a mother.

The author, who has a physician’s training, started writing this book when she was expecting her first child. In the introduction of the book she says she wanted to bond with her baby early on and started making her promises as a mother. Thus, this book was born out of the author’s pledge to her baby so the baby could fulfill her potential and her purpose in life.

The author may have addressed the mothers, but fathers, too, can benefit greatly from this book. In close inspection, the book does not only relate the author’s personal stories and commitment, but also, it influences mothers as well as fathers everywhere to think about their roles as parents.

“100 Promises to My Baby” has about ten chapters with titles like values, purpose, love, miracles, spirit, lessons, and traditions. With love and compassion as its highest goal, the book is interspersed with poetry, like that of Khalil Gibran, quotes from the Bhagavad Gita, definitions, and at the end of each chapter, some very precious reflections.

What I liked most about the book was the charming style of telling personal stories. I believe, in a book, almost any reader looks for the personal touch or for anything of human interest, and here, that human interest gives this book its true depth.

The book, with ISBN:1594861293, has 252 pages and is in hardcover with an elegant white overlay.

The author, Mallika Chopra, is daughter of Deepak Chopra and mother of two children. A partner in Chopra Media and in the K Lounge in New York City, she is an author and producer with a medical school background. Her book, “100 Promises to My Baby” is a gift to mankind that will never go out of style.

Nick Carraway, a Reliable Narrator?

Source by Matthew Alexander Jackson

If you have read or are reading The Great Gatsby you may be aware that one of the biggest themes is whether Nick is a reliable narrator. Since the entire story in told through his perspective whether or not we trust Nick could effect out entire interpretation of the story.

This is especially important if you are planning to write any essays or papers on the book because whether or not you trust Nick will affect you opinion of almost everything else in the novel.

First off lets look at the positive side, what Great Gatsby quotes suggest we can trust Nick. A good place to start would be that he calls him self one of the few “honest people” he has ever met. That great, but isn’t it exactly what a liar would say to trick you?

So he calls himself honest is he just saying that to look good. Well probably not he tells us lots of things that don’t him look so good, he mentions his war dodging ancestor, he admits he is boastful about himself, he even calls himself and his father a snob. So it looks like he is giving us a fair picture about himself, not just all the good bit, and this probably means he will tell the truth about everyone else too.

Looking good so far Nick. But wait everything is not as it seems. Under the influence of alcohol everything becomes dim and hazy, including an alarming scene where suddenly Nick is in Mr McKee’s bedroom with a semi-naked Mr McKee then just as quick he is in a train station getting the 4am train home, what happened there Nick?

There is also the problem with his “partial” view. This quote came from his partial view of Gatsby’s garden but houses are often used as symbols in the book to represent people and this could point to Nick’s inability to judge Gatsby.

Unlike the other characters in the book who Nick keeps an impartial distance from his closeness to Gatsby seems to impair his ability to judge him. Despite all the praise Nick showers him with Jordan, a far more impartial character notes “he’s just a man call Gatsby” and underneath all the smoke and mirrors that’s all he is.

So with all this information what can we conclude. Well my own opinion is Nick is a great narrator perfectly placed to see all the main events and quiet enough that people say things they really shouldn’t in front of him. But, and its a big but, when it comes to Gatsby I take what ever he says with a pinch of salt.