Name: The Great Gatsby
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Genres: Classic, Drama, Romance
Setting: Long Island, New York, 1922 (United States)
Opening Line: “In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.”
Favorite Quote: “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . .”
Rating: 5 out of 5
I have never read a book as amazing as The Great Gatsby. The story is all about Jay Gatsby’s life. It’s narrated by his only real friend and neighbor, Nick Carraway. Gatsby is a rich gentleman who is essentially fixated on Daisy Buchanan, an ex girlfriend from five to six years ago. After acquiring his wealth through mysterious ways, he does various things to catch Daisy’s attention. He buys a massive mansion across Daisy’s mansion on the other side of a lake. He starts to throw elaborate parties and live this extravagant lifestyle all in the hopes of winning Daisy back. Eventually, after an unexpected encounter, Daisy and Jay start to talk to each other. That’s where the drama really begins.
Each character in this novel serves a purpose, even the minor characters that we see for a short moment. There are also important themes such as the decay of the American dream in the 1920s and the void of the privileged. Throughout this novel, you’ll see symbols like the valley of ashes, the Doctor T.J. Eckleburg sign, and most importantly the green light. The book is very short and coherent that you will lose an important subject matter if you skip a line.
There are various reasons why I find The Great Gatsby so prestigious. One of them is because of Fitzgerald’s prose. His writing keeps you on the edge of your seat, it makes you very nervous (at least for me) because of the uncertainty of what is going to happen next. The Great Gatsby is also very American. It’s an independent example of the great American dream. Gatsby overcomes adversity, and seeks and tries to achieve his dream which is Daisy Buchanan. The novel is also full of cars, motion pictures, glamour, flappers, cash, criminals, celebrities, drugs, and rich people. Here I witnessed the most out of control parties and terrible conduct among the rich and popular. It was a bit like The Wolf of Wall Street. What makes The Great Gatsby so wonderful is Gatsby’s inspiration. In spite of the fact that he’s made his fortune as a gangster and player, insatiability doesn’t drive him. Rather he’s on a journey to recover his long-lost love, Daisy. Still, The Great Gatsby isn’t a sentiment about how a pleasant rich guy nearly wins back the young woman he had always wanted. It’s around a narcissistic fixation on the past.
To Gatsby, Daisy isn’t a girl. She’s an item, something he lost and needs back. This makes some of the activities he does in the novel sort of frightening. For me, The Great Gatsby is a statement on the vacancy of seeking after the “American Dream” and that individuals are defective and can never experience our desires of them.
This book is incredible. I highly recommend this book to people who want to start reading classics. It’s an easy read compare to most classic novels. I read it for the first time a year ago when I was taking AP English Language and Composition and I liked it, but not as much as I did the second time I read it. The Great Gatsby is actually my favorite book so far, that’s why I wanted this novel to be my first review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American author of books and short stories, whose works have been seen as suggestive of the Jazz Age, a term he professedly begat. He is viewed as one of the best twentieth century writers.