Book Review [1]: The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald


Nick Carraway was born in Midwest. After serving in World War 1, he moved to West Egg to test his luck as a bond salesman. He was spending an ordinary life. But Jay Gatsby was not like him.

So, when Nick Carraway gets to know Jay Gatsby he is compelled to tell his story to the world. At least, that is the idea presented by F. Scott Fitzgerald in his famous classical masterpiece ‘The Great Gatsby’ which is set in the 20s when America was celebrating a Jazz age.

At first, this book did not attract publicity Fitzgerald expected. However, later, after his death, this book became the best novel of the 20th century and the second best English language novel of the same era.

Gatsby is a rich resident of East Egg throwing lavish parties each weekend which are attended by the whole town. Carraway, as his new neighbor, attends one of his parties where he meets Gatsby who after a certain time reveals his love for beautiful Daisy Buchanan.

In attempting to recapture the past, Gatsby’s story comes to an unexpected halt which notes that the cruelty disrupts the beauty and simplicity of life. Besides, it explores the consequences of going after unworthy dreams.

These are the last lines of novel which summarize the whole agenda of the story:

Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter – tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther… And one fine morning-

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

Fitzgerald was successful in putting the plot because of which this book attracted fame. The lack is in the characters as they are flat; readers are not able to empathize with any of them. Yet there are places when you can feel with characters as close as Fitzgerald intended his readers to feel. The writer has put enough work into this book that readers will not end up regretting to read the story of Gatsby even if they do not enjoy it.