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The Great Gatsby

In Uncategorized on May 22, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Book Summary:

I first read this book back in high school.  However, I was eager to read the book again when I found out that it was about to become a movie!  When I read the book it was an absolute American classic.  The book is set in the roaring Twenties where the economic situation was drastic and everyone wanted to party and remain in a nostalgic era.  It starts off as a narrative by Nick Carraway who is the person that is in the middle of a story that features the wealthy and parties on Long Island.  The story is a romance about Jay Gatsby and his love that he has been following for years Daisy Buchanan, who happens to be a cousin to Nick Carraway.  Nick is a neighbor of Jay Gatsby who is invited to his party and sees the fun and fabulous ways of the wealthy and is not quick to judge but to ponder.  Through the misconception of a love lost and found Jay and Daisy find themselves intertwined.  Daisy, who is married to Tom Buchanan who swept up Daisy off her feet with his wealth, stands by Gatsby because she knows that Tom has been playing her with a mistress.  However, with the twist and turns everything does not seem as it ought to be.  The love between the couple are tested and the imagery of the book set off what is talked about the sense of life and how a person can live on with their life as, “we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

Impressions:

I remember reading the book in high school but it was vague how the book ended.  When I read this book again I loved it again!  The description of how love and how the past can be amazing and research can be intriguing.  I still have not seen the movie that recently came out starring Leonardo DiCarpio and Tobey Maguire, but I heard it was fascinating and somewhat like the book.  I would recommend this book to Young Adults as they enter their Sophomore or Junior year of high school.  It is an American classic that is to be read and put on book lists.

Reference:  Fitzgerald, F. S. (1925).  The Great Gatsby.  New York, NY: Scribner.  pg. 180

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