Tuesday, 17 July 2012
Book Review: The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Jay Gatsby is the man who has everything. But one thing will always be out of his reach ... Everybody who is anybody is seen at his glittering parties. Day and night his Long Island mansion buzzes with bright young things drinking, dancing and debating his mysterious character. For Gatsby - young, handsome, fabulously rich - always seems alone in the crowd, watching and waiting, though no one knows what for. Beneath the shimmering surface of his life he is hiding a secret: a silent longing that can never be fulfilled. And soon this destructive obsession will force his world to unravel.
This was my first time reading "The Great Gatsby" and it certainly won't be my last! The book is beautifully written and the author writes in a powerfully evocative way. Fitzgerald sets up a scene with such skill that I truly felt I was part of the story.
The Great Gatsby is set in the 1920s American Jazz era. It is narrated by Nick Carraway, Gatsby's neighbour and trusted confidante. The story follows Nick as he embarks on a new life in New York. Slowly, but surely Nick gets to know his neighbour; the flamboyant, ridiculously wealthy Jay Gatsby who is madly in love with Daisy Buchanan. The love story between Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan perfectly portrays the infatuation and obsession of first love.
Fitzgerald's beautiful writing and incredible character descriptions immediately drew me into the story while the plot kept me glued to every page. It was such a pleasure to read a book that is so well written and I agree that it certainly deserves its high praise and accolades as "the great American novel."
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