Genre: Classic Literature
Publication Date: First published 10th April, 1925
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby’s house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited – they went there.
After the war, the mysterious Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire pursues wealth, riches and the lady he lost to another man with stoic determination. When Gatsby finally does reunite with Daisy Buchanan, tragic events are set in motion. Told through the eyes of his detached and omnipresent neighbour and friend, Nick Carraway, Fitzgerald’s succinct and powerful prose hints at the destruction and tragedy that awaits.
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This is another classic I picked up after watching and enjoying the movie adaptation. Similar to my experience with Agatha Christie’s Murder On the Orient Express, seeing the adaptation was rather important to my understanding of the book itself – I found myself immersed so much easier into the story than I imagine I would have been otherwise.
The Great Gatsby showed a rather crude insight into the lives of a certain people during America in the 1920s. Whilst the movie focused on showing the happening of events in a rather mysterious way, the book revealed a little more to the characters, and I saw their highly questionable morals and motives revealed. (It also helped in my edition there was an introduction section that I read, which helped my understanding.
‘I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.’
I particularly enjoyed this read because it was so short – it’s nice to pick up a book knowing it isn’t going to take me a while to finish it. And whilst there were a few sentences I didn’t understand (classics can be intense), I wasn’t ever lost by what was going on. I liked the writing style a lot – it was easy to read, which is completely different to my experience with other classics. It also read in a very cinematic way, which was quite unique.
After enjoying this classic, I’m definitely hoping to read more! I recommend this book if you’re wanting to read an easier classic, and experience the unique writing of F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Have you read The Great Gatsby? What classics have you enjoyed?
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