★ Avoid ★★ No Great Loss ★★★ Worth Reading ★★★★ Close to Masterpiece ★★★★★ Masterpiece
Name: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Genre: Fiction Language: English Pages: 146 (Paperback)
Published: First published in 1925
My Rating: ★★★★★
Started: 20th January 2013 Completed: 27th January, 2013
Total Reading Hour: 40-50 Hrs
Brooding… Charming… Complicated…Deceptively Simple…
The novel takes place in year 1922 and is narrated by Nicholas “Nick” Carraway. He rents a house next to Jay Gatsby, an army lieutenant, who lives in luxurious mansion on the affluent Long Island shore. His lavish parties for the ‘glitterati’ of the day had become legendary on the island. Yet amid the throng of guests, starlets and champagne waiters, their host appear oddly aloof. The parties were to impress only one person Daisy Buchanan, wife of Tom Buchanan and Nick’s cousin, who had brief affair with Gatsby before the war and her marriage.
Some good lines from the book:
- Reserving judgements is a matter of infinite hope.
- If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him.
- And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.
- I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.
- There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.
- I wasn’t actually in love, but I felt a sort of tender curiosity.
- Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.
- Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.
- Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.
- No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.
- There is no confusion like the confusion of a simple mind…
- Whenever you feel like criticising anyone just remember that all people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.
The novel has become a kind of buzzword for periods of excess and fake luxury. Author mentioned “West Egg” and “East Egg” amazingly to describe human society and their behavior. The novel bring out central theme of the dark surrounding the brightest light, the shallowness of many human friendship and the eerie silence as the syncopated rhythm of the jazz fades. It brilliantly captures both the disillusions of post-war America and the moral failure of a society obsessed with wealth and status. This novel is set in 1922 but its still refreshing in current era.
If you haven’t read it, you ought to read it. But remember, You will enjoy this book if you read it slowly. It will leave big effect on you for some days.
Source [Wiki]: Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American author of novels and short stories, whose works are the paradigm writings of the Jazz Age, a term he coined himself. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Fitzgerald is considered a member of the “Lost Generation” of the 1920s. He finished four novels: This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, his most famous, The Great Gatsby and what is now considered his true masterpiece, Tender Is the Night. A fifth, unfinished novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon, was published posthumously. Fitzgerald also wrote many short stories that treat themes of youth and promise along with despair and age.
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