The Great Gatsby

Published in: 1925
Pages: 192
Edition read: E-book

Book description:
In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald brilliantly captures both the disillusionment of post-war America and the moral failure of a society obsessed with wealth and status. But he does more than render the essence of a particular time and place, for in chronicling Gatsby’s tragic pursuit of his dream, Fitzgerald re-creates the universal conflict between illusion and reality.

My review:
Wow that description sounds douchey… but I searched high and low and couldn’t find anything that sounded less douchey, and I don’t know how to sum up the book myself, so alas, douchey description.

I expected this to be different to what it was, but it was suprisingly good. It is told from the view of Nick, a nothing special kinda guy who is second cousins with the beautiful and fantastic Daisy. Daisy is married to douche Tom, who is having an affair with some other woman, and everybody knows it. Meanwhile, Nick has moved into a house next to the mysterious Gatsby, who in a turn of events, has a past with Daisy and they are in love.

There is drama, tragedy, parties, wit and snark, the usual you expect from a novel from this era of time. I don’t recall any part of the story being particularly great to read, and yet I read this entire book in an evening. It wasn’t that I couldn’t put it down, but more that it was easy to read, easy to follow, like the words themselves had a song to them and you just kept on listening to it. Hard to explain, but that was what it felt like when I was reading the book, and next thing I knew, it was over.

Final review:
The Great Gatsby rating:
8.5/10. I can’t fathom why I liked it, but I did
Would I re-read it? Yes I would
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of his writing. People interested in this era of history. People who have seen the movie. It’s a short, classic piece of literature and I think most people should read this at least once in their lives.

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