Saturday, June 12, 2010
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby is an American classic written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It is a novel written in the 1920s about the 1920s. It explores topics such as money, the American Dream, dishonesty, and goals. Jay Gatsby is a millionaire who throws extravagant parties in New York. His neighbor, Nick, is our narrator who reveals the story of Jay Gatsby: his background, his dreams, his friends, his life. It is a classic, romance, and mystery. It's one of the best classics I've read, and I recommend it.
Two of my close friends read it after I recommended it, and they had identical responses: "Why did you like this? It's all about affairs." Yes, characters cheat on their spouses; however, sex is merely mentioned and never detailed. It's by NO MEANS a Harlequin romance! There are many only aspects to the books other than sex too. The biggest reason I like it is because of the mystery surrounding Gatsby and the events at the end. (Maybe I should read more mysteries?) The characters are immoral, but the author shows that their actions cause negative effects on their lives and the lives of others.
P.S. The movie does a wonderful job of portraying the novel. I recommend it as well!