A classic, readable story juxtaposing the upper class with the lower. Fitzgerald shows how the rich act from the perspective of a non-wealthy character. I thought he illustrated pretty well the depth of Gatsby - even though he was a bit envied, he was still a fellow human. Recommended to classic fiction lovers as a light, easy read.
Fitzgerald is an excellent writer and this novel, which may seem simple in the beginning, is anything but formulaic. While I did not find this text to be one of the best of all-time, I highly recommend it to any reader looking to explore concepts of love, mortality, and morality. Flowing prose and serene descriptions add to Fitzgerald's well-crafted storyline.
I highly reommend this novel.
This has always been one of my favorite books. Every time I read it, I discover something new.
The Great Gatsby is a classic we should all read. Despite being written so many decades ago, this is an easily readible book and a terrific look into the history of the '20s and '30s.
There is a reason some books are called classics. Not all old books are. The Great Gatsby has earned the title classic. It took me a few pages to become engaged in the story but after that I had a hard time setting it down. The way Fitzgerald tells the story somehow manages to be dreamy and realistic, tragic and sweet, all at the same time. It is one of those books that haunt you long after you are done reading. Why? It is what happens when an author brings all of the elements that make a book great together into one work.
The Plot and Characters (my thoughts): The plot of The Great Gatsby is quite straightforward. It is about Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchannan. It is a story of the moral corruptness of the rich at that time. The narrator Nick Caraway is not rich and is drawn into Gatsbys and Daisys affair because he is both the neighbor of Gatsby and Daisys cousin. I found it interesting that the narrator was not Daisy or Gatsby since the book was primarily about them. Instead Fitzgerald chose to make Nick the narrator. This I thought was very smart for many reasons. A few are, the fact that Nick is not prejudiced for or against certain characters so it allowed the reader to make up their own mind who is in the right, number two is that Nick was an outsider in the high society so it seemed he was able to see the true emptiness that was on the inside of those people and how greed and lust had corrupted them. Overall using a minor character for narrator worked in developing the other characters very well. I thought the plot of this book was more focused on characters and atmosphere than anything else
Over all I absolutely loved this book it is an amazing piece of literature. Dont be put off by the fact that it isnt the easiest to read, it is well worth it
Overall Quality 5/5