The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

gatsbyThe Great Gatsby is a “sort of love story” novel from F. Scott Fitzgerald, stands as the highest achievement of his career. In 1922, he announced his decision to write “something new, something extraordinary and beautiful and simple, intricately patterned”.  He was inspired to write The Great Gatsby after he visited Long Island.

The story was eloquently narracted by Nick Carraway, who was a salesman. He rent a house for some time in the Long Island and visited one of his cousins named Daisy Fay Buchanan who was married Tom Buchanan. They lived in a huge house in the East Egg, quite close to the place he lived–the West Egg. Daisy had a kid, and was supposed to be living ‘happily ever after’. Yes, that’s the cliche of ‘living happily ever after’: a big dream house, a deadly handsome husband  and pretty kids. These characters are inevitable led on a collision course that exposes the hypocrisy of “the rich”.

The rich according to them: the kid always get a nanny to look after, so the parents are free to go out on parties whenever they want. When in reality, there’s bills and money that should be dealt with and the possible chance your ‘perfect’ husband is cheating on you. Reality could be harsh and mean.

Nick has a neighbor named Gatsby, who took Nick as his most trusted friend and confidante. Gatsby enjoyed to hold parties almost every night. He owned a big house, with a big amazing car, and accomulated his fortunes through fishy means. Nick often saw trucks piling up party items to Gatsby’s house almost every night. He could hear the sound of music playing until about three in the morning. But for Nick, he didn’t really mind to not join the parties. He just continued his life as usually as he could, and slowly got caught up in the jet set trappings.

Nick also had another friend named Jordan Baker who was a golfer, and won second, nearly winning in the finals. She could  play all kinds of any other sports. Jordan was very sociable, and helped Nick deal with Gatsby. This was before things started to get a little more complicated, and finally it involved Daisy,. Nick’s cousin. Nick found out that Daisy and Gatsby had a really complicated past. They used to be lovers–and those were the times when Gatsby wasn’t rich. But Gatsby is still very in love with her  since the East Egg was in the opposite of the West Egg. Gatsby told Nick that maybe Daisy might love him again, because he was very rich now. But here lied the problem now. Daisy already has a husband and a daughter. When she met with Gatsby again, everything just dropped down in complete utter confusion.

Poor Dasiy! She was in fact, in so much trouble. And soon, Tom started to realize that something was wrong with his wife, and wanted to investigate further on. Cheating has been dating down through history. So, do I like the novel? Firstly, I am always envious of, in awe, and hopelessly attracted to high society and wealthy class people, but when it is presented in front of me, now I am struggling to like it. To imagine I have everything – those kind of expensive things in the world, I would get uninspired. I have nothing else to move on because I basically have all of them. Gatsby’s mind of love with materialistic and money is also worth understanding as everyone does it. But I think it made him look pathetic.

Again, do I like the novel? I asked myself one more time. Secondly, I have a problem with the language a bit, but I understand it is written in 1920’s. The exquisite and beautiful language is coming from that time.  It is okay, but I was reading it very slowly. Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald is an American author of novels and short stories, whose works are the paradigmatic writings of the Jazz Age. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. I am glad I read one of his works to get the glimpses of that age.


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