Title: The Great Gatsby
Author: Scott F. Fitzgerald
Published: Scribner 1925
Genres: Fiction, Classic
Source: Free on iBooks
It’s also a love story, of sorts, the narrative of Gatsby’s quixotic passion for Daisy Buchanan. The pair meet five years before the novel begins, when Daisy is a legendary young Louisville beauty and Gatsby an impoverished officer. They fall in love, but while Gatsby serves overseas, Daisy marries the brutal, bullying, but extremely rich Tom Buchanan. After the war, Gatsby devotes himself blindly to the pursuit of wealth by whatever means–and to the pursuit of Daisy, which amounts to the same thing. “Her voice is full of money,” Gatsby says admiringly, in one of the novel’s more famous descriptions. His millions made, Gatsby buys a mansion across Long Island Sound from Daisy’s patrician East Egg address, throws lavish parties, and waits for her to appear. When she does, events unfold with all the tragic inevitability of a Greek drama, with detached, cynical neighbor Nick Carraway acting as chorus throughout. Spare, elegantly plotted, and written in crystalline prose, The Great Gatsby is as perfectly satisfying as the best kind of poem.
My Review: I decided to read The Great Gatsby because the new movie was coming out and I like to read books before I see the movie. I also liked that I could get it for free on iBooks. It was the first book I read for the Bout of Books 8.0 read-a-thon. I read it in one day since it was a short/quick read. At first I didn’t know to much about it. Its one of those books you just need to read it if you want to know what its about. I enjoyed reading this book overall, but I found some boring parts that dragged on a bit. Also the ending was a bit weird, hard to explained but it seemed to escalate quickly and I wasn’t to sure what happened in the end. I really liked Gatsby and Nicks friendship, it also happened quickly but was enjoyable to read. There wasn’t much to like about the other characters. They were all just so greedy. Gatsby car for some reason felt like a character to me, maybe because it was in the book quite a bit. Something about it caught my attention. Maybe it was just that Gatsby and Nick were in there together. I really didn’t like the character Daisy though. She was very indecisive, and a horrible mother. She was so busy worry about what the the other adults in the book were doing and trying to benefit herself that she seemed to never think about her daughter once. Her daughter came to her once in the book and she just sent her away. That just made me want to have nothing to do with her and I didn’t see what Gatsby saw in her either. Overall the story was interesting and for the most part I enjoyed it, I also look forward to watching the movie.
“They looked back at me, remotely, possessed by intense life.”