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.
I have read The Great Gatsby four times now, and I just live in a state of always wanting to reread it. The themes of corrupted capitalism and romanticism met with the inevitability of time combined with the charming 1920s setting is divine. Fitzgerald's writing is so rich and smooth it almost has it's own beat.
The King of Symbolism that is F. Scott Fitzgerald creates characters who appear unlikable at first, but you soon realise that the author is commenting on the obnoxiousness and greed that everyone contains within them but profusely denies.
This novel is so tragic and poignant; it is, in my opinion, the greatest novel of all time.
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I am currently studying this book as part of a college course in English Literature. Fitzgerald has certainly out done himself with a wonderfully written story line that keeps you gripped throughout the text. It's not too obvious and does keep asking you questions.
It's not a very heavy read, so if you want something just to delve into whilst travelling or for relaxation then I would certainly recommend it. In realistic views in it only about 2 cm thick so it is quite a small book and easy to throw in a bag or back pack.
Hope you enjoy it if you do decide to give it a go and then after you can always watch and compare it with the Leonardo DiCaprio film adaptation.