This is the story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby, his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, and its tragic culmination.
The Great Gatsby is supposed to be the great American classic but I was surprised to find that the “great American classic” is about adultery, wild parties, and murder. However, I did enjoy Fitzgerald’s frank characters that were easy to understand and relate to.
“People disappeared, reappeared, made plans to go somewhere, and then lost each other, searched for each other, found each other a few feet away.” (pg. 41)
The Great Gatsby was required reading for my junior English class this year and while I finally managed to get into the novel towards the end, it certainly is not one my favorites. Yet, as far as required reading goes, this is by far one of the best, shortest, and easiest books my school has chosen for us to read.
- Fitzgerald, F. Scott. The Great Gatsby. New York: Scribner, 2004. Originally published 1924. Print. 180 pgs. ISBN: 9780743273565. Source: Purchased.