source: personal copy
title: The Great Gatsby
author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
published: April 10, 1925
genre: literary fiction/classics
first line: In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.
rated: 4 out of 5 stars
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920’s.
Oh my Gatsby. It is always hard for me to review the classics because I cannot do them justice. The thing with this one is that I both liked and disliked it. I mainly enjoyed it. At just 189 pages, I read Gatsby slowly within the span of a few weeks. I think I will read it again in a year or so, maybe then I will grasp it better.
There is something to be said about a literary work of art that endures the passage time. The Great Gatsby was published in April of 1925 and is still read and enjoyed today.
The story takes place during the summer of 1922, during the Roaring Twenties and is set in a wealthy town in Long Island. It is narrated by Nick Carraway, a Yale grad and now Gatsby’s next-door neighbor.