Book: The Great Gatsby
Release 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 of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his 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.
This book makes me fall in a love and hate relationship with the 1920s. Everything about the ’20s is glamour, parties, lights, drinking, excess everywhere. The story of Gatsby is such a heartbreaking one, and with the harmonious sentences forms a piece of writing, which to me is art. The plot of the story highlights the ’20s for what it is, and goes in deeper to expose the emptiness to all the wealth and money everywhere. All Gatsby wanted was a girl. One who I despise with a passion, and the reason I took off 1/2 a point in character. Even though the characters are built to be mindless and carefree, it’s gut wrenching to see someone like Gatsby, who has so much going for him, want to give it up for this one girl. It’s to fill the void of all the materialistic needs and wants of everyone else. It gives me my own time to appreciate the things that matter to me in my life, and knowing that the real value of everything is actually nothing. The symbolism in this book is a prominent tool as well, and as you uncover the meaning behind each, you get an in depth appreciation for this piece and it’s purpose. It’s a book everyone must read!