Title: The Great Gatsby
Author: F. Scott Fitsgerald
Genre: Classic, Fiction
Publication Date: April 10, 1925
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story is of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his new love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.
The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.
- It’s a classic – I remember reading this book in I think 11th grade and I remembered that feeling I had while first reading it… this book is a classic. It’s history, and it has plenty of history to back it up as a classic.
- The writing – The writing flowed pretty well for being a book published almost 100 years ago. I loved it in high school, still fond of it now.
- Gatsby – I think Gatsby is an amazing character, and I really do feel for him every time. I almost find myself wanting to scream at him that he could totally find someone better than Daisy, and he didn’t need all that money just to finally reach out to Daisy either.
- Some amazing quotes – I highlighted a lot of quotes throughout this book. My favorite is one that I actually have printed on a bookmark and it is: ‘I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.’
- A messed up story – It really is a messed up story. The ending, the whole plot in general. It’s a mess of drama and I honestly love it.
- Tom – Of course I hate Tom. Tom kind of reminded me of Gaston from Beauty and the Beast. He was written way too over the top.
- Jordan – I don’t think there’s really a reason for Jordan to even be in this book. Like Gatsby could have talked to Nick on his own, and it probably would have been a lot more entertaining for us, the readers. I’ve always thought she was a pretty unimportant character and wasn’t really needed.
- Gatsby’s backstory is so confusing – I have a difficult time every time following Gatsby’s backstory. There’s so many twists in the story sometimes I just want to give up.
- Book’s ending isn’t as fulfilling as I remembered – I feel like this is my own fault since this is a re-read and I already knew the ending. I thought more dramatics would occur, but I wasn’t shocked at the ending, and it just kind of seemed like whatever to me. But again, probably all my fault since I never re-read books for this very reason.
It’s a classic. It deserves the 4 star rating. I’d highly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t read it. I feel like everyone needs to experience reading Gatsby at least once in their lifetime.