The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Book Review)

A recent Yale graduate named Nick Carraway works as a bond salesman in Manhattan. He rents a home from his cousin Daisy across the water in West Egg, Long Island. The mysterious Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire from the Midwest who enjoys life to the fullest thanks to the proceeds of his small-time crimes, lives next door to him. Many attendees of Gatsby’s iconic parties do not know their host. Gatsby captures Nick’s cynical fascination and transfixion, and their bond fosters numerous secrets. Carraway finds out that although Gatsby and Daisy were in love, she married someone else rather than waiting for him to come home from the war. When Nick sets up a meeting between them, Daisy is struck by how Gatsby’s fortunes have changed. Tom, Daisy’s husband, grows resentful of Gatsby’s attention to his wife because he is already having an affair with Myrtle, the wife of the garage owner. When Myrtle is fatally injured in an accident, Tom accuses Gatsby of being to blame, according to Myrtle’s husband. Nick observes how Gatsby’s own dreams, which were fostered by a meretricious culture, betray him throughout it all.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Review of The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, The Great Gatsby, is considered to be his greatest literary work. Many readers over the years have praised this outstanding Jazz Age book. The story of the fantastically affluent Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of opulent parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times stated “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an elegantly created drama of America in the 1920s.

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