Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Great Gatsby

Written in 1925 by F. Scott Fitzgerald, set in 1918 this story is about a young man named Nick Carraway from the Midwest. He moves to the West Egg of Long Island. An area were the newly rich show off their wealth yet do not have the social ties and background as the East Egg rich. Nick meets his cousin Daisy and her husband Tom Buchannan on East Egg. There he meets the beautiful professional golf Jordan Sparks and they begin to date. His neighbor Jay Gatsby, lives in a large Gothic Mansion and has large parties every Saturday. People come from New York whether they are invited or not. Finally Nick is invited, he meets Jordan there, along with meeting Gatsby. It turns out that Gatsby knew Daisy prior to her marriage and is still in love with her. He employs Nick into arranging a meeting. The two men become good friends, doing many things together.
For 188 pages it is a wonder how very little there was to the actual story but the book seems so full. There's scandal, romance, heartbreak and tragedy all wrapped up in these pages. There are long boring sections, and I was a bit confused at times wondering where the story was going. I know that this is considered a great masterpiece by all, but I was not that impressed


JaneGS said...

In defense of The Great's one of my favorite books of all time, but not for the story, which is just a story, but for the wonderfully poetic prose of Fitzgerald. I consider the final 4 paragraphs to be among the finest ever written--they never fail to move me to tears and express completely how I see myself as an American and a dreamer.

Carrie said...

thank you for you comment