Monday, 9 December 2013

Book Review- The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is a 1925 short novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The novel follows a cast of characters living in the town of West Egg in Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story mainly concerns the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his obsession with the charming Daisy Buchanan. The events in the novel are told by the narrator, Nick Carraway, a young Yale graduate and Daisy's cousin. Upon moving to New York, he rents a house next door to the Gatsby Mansion. Every weekend, Gatsby throws an extravagant party at his mansion and all the young and influential people come. 

But Gatsby is unhappy. Long ago Gatsby fell in love with a young girl, Daisy. Although she has always loved Gatsby, she is currently married to Tom Buchanan. Gatsby asks Nick to help him meet Daisy and Nick agrees. The two ex-lovers meet and soon rekindle their affair. Tom begins to suspect, and challenges the two of them causing a twist in the plot. Alongside this affair Nick is also seeing Daisy's friend, Jordan Baker. 

The Great Gatsby is a short piece of American fiction.  I think the novel deals with joy and tragedy and captures the different sections of society in America in the 1920s. I found the language and start of the novel difficult to read but overall I really enjoyed it. The last few chapters defiantly had me gripped to the last page! I would recommend the novel to teenagers and would give it a rating of four out of five.

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