Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald [Review]


A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, The Great Gatsby captured the spirit of the author's generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology. Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of Fitzgerald's--and his country's--most abiding obsessions: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings. "Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter--tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther.... And one fine morning--"Gatsby's rise to glory and eventual fall from grace becomes a kind of cautionary tale about the American Dream.

It's also a love story, of sorts, the narrative of Gatsby's quixotic passion for Daisy Buchanan. The pair meet five years before the novel begins, when Daisy is a legendary young Louisville beauty and Gatsby an impoverished officer. They fall in love, but while Gatsby serves overseas, Daisy marries the brutal, bullying, but extremely rich Tom Buchanan. After the war, Gatsby devotes himself blindly to the pursuit of wealth by whatever means--and to the pursuit of Daisy, which amounts to the same thing. "Her voice is full of money," Gatsby says admiringly. His millions made, Gatsby buys a mansion across Long Island Sound from Daisy's patrician East Egg address, throws lavish parties, and waits for her to appear. When she does, events unfold with detached, cynical neighbor Nick Carraway acting as chorus throughout.


This book is one of the english books i had to read for school, as a classic i dont really see what the big fuzz is all about. The desperation of gatsby of finding daisy and his obsession in the book seemed way creepier to me than what i thought in the movie. 

I would not have loved this book a tiny bit if i hadnt watched the money because i watched the movie and liked it, but the english was a bit hard to get for me and the font of the copy i had was just horrible. Basically maybe this review would be a lot more positive if it wasnt for the hype and the circumstances and the time that i was going through while reading it. 

Daisy and Tom like the book said, are horrible people, specially Daisy. Just putting it out there.

Im not sure i would recommend this to be honest. Maybe if you like classics?

I gave this book ★★★ on Goodreads

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