The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Young, handsome and fabulously rich, Jay Gatsby is the bright star of the Jazz Age, but as writer Nick Carraway is drawn into the decadent orbit of his Long Island mansion, where the party never seems to end, he finds himself faced by the mystery of Gatsby’s origins and desires. Beneath the shimmering surface of his life, Gatsby is hiding a secret: a silent longing that can never be fulfilled. And soon, this destructive obsession will force his world to unravel.

In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald brilliantly captures both the disillusionment of post-war America and the moral failure of a society obsessed with wealth and status. But he does more than render the essence of a particular time and place, for in chronicling Gatsby’s tragic pursuit of his dream, Fitzgerald re-creates the universal conflict between illusion and reality.

My Thoughts:
You know what, I think this is probably an unpopular opinion but I only thought that this was ok.

I’m pretty sure everyone knows what this book is about, but in case you don’t, this book is about the mysterious Mr Gatsby, no on knows much about him apart from that he throws amazing parties. Rumours flow about him but are any of hem true?

The narrator of the story is Nick, who moves in next to Gatsby and they become friends, Nick finds out that the reason Gatsby throws these parties is to hopefully see Daisy, a woman he loved 5 years before this book starts, and he still loves to this day.

Another unpopular opinion here… I found Gatsby to be quite demanding of Daisy and expecting her to stand up to her husband when in the ’20s women were seen as objects, so I felt for her a bit. But then again I did find her to be a bit selfish, so I was in quite a conundrum.

It was so easy to dislike Tom Buchanan, Daisy’s husband. He was just an unpleasant man and didn’t deserve Daisy at all.

I found this book quite difficult to read until about halfway through the book, because it was a little slow going, and I know that it’s a short book but I kept questioning if I should DNF it. I am glad I finished it because there were things I had forgotten about since watching the film.

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