Saturday, 9 April 2016

Review: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Title: The Great Gatsby
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Publisher: Scribner
Pages: 180
Genres: Classics

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion and obsession for the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchanan. Considered to be Fitzgerald's magnum opus, The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess, creating a portrait of the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties that has been described as a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream.
This is the greatest story in existence about unrequited love. The tragic story of Jay Gatsby really tugged at my emotional sensibilities. This is the first time I had read The Great Gatsby and I have to admit I am disappointed with it slightly. I suspect the problem lies with me as I had been dazzled with the Baz Luhrmann adaptation prior to reading (and let's be honest what book could hope to compete with that).

I did not care much for Fitzgerald's particular writing style. The language was a bit too discreet and flowery for my personal tastes. I didn't care much for the too subtle hints alluding to the sexual relationships, I sort of went through the book unsure of what really happened and when. Nonetheless, I loved the story - Jay Gatsby is so tragically likeable and his devotion to his dreams just touched my heart throughout.

I loved all of the themes running throughout this book, especially the contradiction between reality versus ideals. I love how most of the characters were shamelessly insatiable and materialistic. The plot was dramatic and ridiculous but that is where the charm of this book resides. Sadly, this is another instance of the movie adaptation being better for me, but I don't regret reading it.


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