The Great Gatsby

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How did I get it?:
I downloaded it free for my Kindle.

Synopsis:

In 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald announced his decision to write “something new–something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned.” That extraordinary, beautiful, intricately patterned, and above all, simple novel became The Great Gatsby, arguably Fitzgerald’s finest work and certainly the book for which he is best known. A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author’s generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology. Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of Fitzgerald’s–and his country’s–most abiding obsessions: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings. Gatsby’s rise to glory and eventual fall from grace becomes a kind of cautionary tale about the American Dream.

It’s also a love story, of sorts, the narrative of Gatsby’s quixotic passion for Daisy Buchanan. The pair meet five years before the novel begins, when Daisy is a legendary young Louisville beauty and Gatsby an impoverished officer. They fall in love, but while Gatsby serves overseas, Daisy marries the brutal, bullying, but extremely rich Tom Buchanan. After the war, Gatsby devotes himself blindly to the pursuit of wealth by whatever means–and to the pursuit of Daisy, which amounts to the same thing. “Her voice is full of money,” Gatsby says admiringly, in one of the novel’s more famous descriptions. His millions made, Gatsby buys a mansion across Long Island Sound from Daisy’s patrician East Egg address, throws lavish parties, and waits for her to appear. When she does, events unfold with all the tragic inevitability of a Greek drama, with detached, cynical neighbor Nick Carraway acting as chorus throughout.

Thoughts:

I have been meaning to read The Great Gatsby for some time now, so I’m glad I was inspired to read it recently. It’s not a long read, or hard to read so it was perfect to slot in between reads! I thought it was an enjoyable enough read, but I didn’t feel blown away by it. I think it’s because it was so short, I didn’t really have time to get invested in the story like I enjoy doing. Others feel like it’s the perfect length, so don’t feel put off by me not feeling like it was long enough!

I thought the narrator of the story, Nick Carraway was an intriguing narrator. He comes into contact with Gatbsy as he is his neighbour and is invited to one of Gatsby’s social gatherings. It doesn’t take long for everything to kick off.

Although this is a short read, it is full of depth and interesting insights into the human condition. I thought F.Scott Fitzgerald’s writing was beautiful and truly believe that this is a classic well worth checking out.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

12 thoughts on “The Great Gatsby

    • I didn’t feel as invested in the story as I would’ve liked so it wasn’t a four star read for me but it wasn’t a three star either-it was better than three. Ratings are so tough! 🙂

  1. This was one of the more enjoyable books I had to read in high school, but the ending was so melodramatic! I felt like it was something straight out of a Bollywood movie haha
    I agree that Nick was an interesting narrator – I’ve heard good arguments about him being both a reliable and unreliable narrator from different teachers and professors I’ve had. It changes so much about the book depending on how trustworthy you think Nick is.

  2. I liked Nick as a narrator too, and it’s interesting when you think about whether or not he’s a reliable narrator, and if the tale is about him through the use of the telling of Gatsby, or if not, then why he is so drawn to Gatsby. Have you seen any of the film adaptations? If so, what did you think?

    • I haven’t! I fully intend to now that I’ve read the book. I always like to read the book first if I can. I completely agree with your points. It brings up so many discussion points despite the fact that it’s so short. Thank you for your lovely comment!

  3. I know this is a literary masterpiece, but I could not get behind this novel. It’s one of those novels where nothing really happens but OMG everything happens at the same time. Do you know what I mean?

    Nick is the only somewhat likeable character, but his lack of backbone drove me nuts! Daisy and Tom are one of the most despicable characters I’ve ever imaginatively met. And, Jay, while I sympathize with him, he’s a product of his own misery. I felt like everything wrong in the world was being glorified through such horrible characters. Maybe that was Fitzgerald’s point.

    It’s curious because while I did not enjoy the novel, I really loved Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation. I felt like he brought some excitement to the novel and represented the rose colored glasses all of these characters seem to wear, except Nick, who finally sees the world as it is. Have you seen any of the adaptations?

    • I do know what you mean and I completely agree. It being a literary masterpiece I really expected to be blown away, but I didn’t really connect to the story as much as I hoped.

      I fully intend to check out Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation because I’ve heard amazing things about it. I haven’t seen any of the adaptations as I like to read the book first if I can. I’ll try and check out the Baz Luhrmann version first. Thanks for your comment. It gave me a lot to think about!

  4. See I am about in the same about cept I’d say I’m closer to a 3 on it. I read it so long back in Highschool that I can’t remember much about it other than a few key things, and I didn’t watch the movie yet so eh. I like the time period tho. I have no idea where I was going with this comment I went away and came back and now i’m like “errr durr tabitha”

  5. I read this book years ago and didn’t like it, but I recently watched the new movie and loved it! I think I’ll re-read the book at some point, now that the movie clarified some things for me.

    Just found your blog and I’m now a new follower through bloglovin 🙂

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