The Great Gatsby is a novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald that was published in 1925. It follows Nick Carraway in the fictional town of West Egg in the summer of 1922. The story is about Nick’s neighbour; the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his passion and obsession for Nick’s beautiful cousin Daisy Buchanan.
The Great Gatsby Book Review
Background and Setting
The Great Gatsby is a classic American novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and published in 1925. Set in the summer of 1922 in the fictional town of West Egg, Long Island, it follows Nick Carraway and his mysterious millionaire neighbour Jay Gatsby.
Plot and Story
The story begins when Nick Carraway, a Yale graduate and World War I veteran from the Midwest, gets a job in New York as a bond salesman. He moves into a small house in West Egg, Long Island, next door to a mansion owned by a mysterious millionaire, Jay Gatsby, who is always having extravagant parties in his home. Nick is invited to have dinner at his cousin Daisy Buchanan and her husband Tom’s home in East Egg (on the other side of the bay). His cousin introduces him to Jordan Baker, a young golfer who later becomes Nick’s love interest.
It is later revealed that Tom has a mistress, Myrtle Wilson, who lives in an industrial dumping ground between West Egg and New York City, known as the “valley of ashes”. Nick later travels with Tom and his mistress to their apartment in New York City, where a very strange party takes place. The party ends with Tom breaking Myrtle’s nose after she annoys him by repeatedly saying Daisy’s name.
After a while, Nick finally gets invited to one of Gatsby’s lavish parties, where he encounters Jordan Baker. At the party, the two meet their host Jay Gatsby, a distant young man. Jordan tells Nick that Gatsby knew his cousin Daisy from a romantic affair in 1917 and that he has been and still is in love with her. In fact, Gatsby seems to be always staring at the green light at the end of her dock, right across the bay from his mansion, perhaps hoping that they might rekindle their lost love. Gatsby created his wild and extravagant lifestyle in an attempt to impress Daisy, hoping that she might one day attend one of his lavish parties. He later asks Nick to arrange a meeting with Daisy at his house. Although at first their reunion was quite awkward, they soon renew their relationship, and begin an affair. Daisy’s husband Tom grows suspicious of his wife’s relationship with Gatsby, and begins to look into his background.
In an attempt to face Gatsby, Tom forces him, Nick and Jordan to go into New York City with him and Daisy. They get a suite at the Plaza Hotel, where Tom confronts Gatsby and tells everyone that Gatsby is a criminal whose fortune comes from several illegal activities including bootlegging alcohol. Daisy starts to feel overwhelmed, and realizes that she will always love Tom. To prove Daisy’s love for him to Gatsby, Tom sends her back to East Egg with Gatsby, trying to end the discussion once and for all. During their ride back, Tom, Nick and Jordan discover that a car accident has occurred, in which Tom’s mistress was killed. This accident leads to an unfortunate series of events.
The book is written in the form of a narration by Nick Carraway, although he is not the main character. There are a lot of sentences that begin and end with different places or different times. The reader is often taken from one place to another, or transformed from one time to another. The narrator’s tone is filled with calm, sadness and disapproval.
Thoughts and Comments
The author pays a lot of attention to details in this novel, especially objects, houses and characters.
The colors green and gold are repeatedly mentioned throughout the book, perhaps signifying wealth and money.
The overall idea is a bleak one, almost dystopian in certain scenes.
The novel discusses the illusion of the American dream, and how different social classes can influence its pursuit and outcome.
Overall, a truly well–written classical work of art, that was unfortunately only appreciated years after the author’s death.
So we drove on towards death through the cooling twilight.Page 87, Line 13