The great Gatsby is one of those classics everyone should read. Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion and obsession for the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchanan.
The novel did not sell well when the author was still alive, and he passed away thinking of himself as a failure, sadly enough. However it became popular after the second world war and became part of the american high school curriculum.
The story is very well written and can be viewed in many ways. I don’t think there is much i can say about it without spoiling most of it.
Sarah Churchwell sees The Great Gatsby as a “cautionary tale of the decadent downside of the American dream.” The story deals with human aspiration to start over again, social politics and its brutality and also betrayal, of one’s own ideals and of people. According to the story’s narrator, Nick Carraway, “…a sense of the fundamental decencies is parcelled out unequally at birth.” Using elements of irony and tragic ending, it also delves into themes of excesses of the rich, and recklessness of youth.Others, like journalist Nick Gillespie, see The Great Gatsby as a story “about the breakdown of class differences in the face of a modern economy based not on status and inherited position but on innovation and an ability to meet ever-changing consumer needs.”
If you’re not too keen on reading it, there is also a very good movie adaptation you could check out, with Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio in the main roles. I read the novel before watching the film and i really enjoyed both of them!