The Roaring Twenties are in full effect in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s riveting classic. Man-about-town Jay Gatsby seems to have it all, including loads of money and a massive mansion where he hosts wild, extravagant parties every Saturday. But Gatsby’s missing one thing: Daisy Buchanan, the love of his life, the one who got away.
The Great Gatsby explores the impossible, but uniquely human, longing to return to the past and the costs associated with chasing the American Dream. It’s a beautifully written, entertaining read with timeless emotional appeal.
I read quite a bit, but in terms of fine literature, I am pitifully uneducated. The Great Gatsby took me to class. Fitzgerald’s prose and vocabulary grabbed me in the first few pages, I found that I was unable to pause my reading. His descriptions of the era somehow made me feel nostalgic for the time his story takes place in, even though I’m far too young to remember those days.55
One of my favorite books and the best characters55
I love classic literature and was anxious to add The Great Gatsby to my completed pile. What a slog. The characters are all self possessed, living squalid lives of little or no redeaming value with no moral value to cheer for. I am glad to have read it for the literary references, but truly cannot recommend it in any way.15
The death of a main character felt kinda random55
None of it made sense to me, and could not persuade myself to go on reading it.15
One of the greatest pieces of writing in the history of man55
Gorgeous book — absolutely a classic, and for a reason. I’ve never read this novel before but, for some reason, I found myself to be entirely drawn to it by reasons unknown to me. The artistry of The Great Gatsby is so magnificent and it stands as the original “would you rather be rich in cash and loneliness, or poor in money but alone?” I’m going to go cry now. I am in love with this masterpiece.55
A master of the descriptive narrative.55