BOOK REVIEW: THE GREAT GATSBY BY F. SCOTT FITZGERALD

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
HarperCollins (ebook), 2010, first published in 1925
168 Pages

Author’s Entry: Biography.Com

Amazon (UK)

I borrowed this ebook from my library and read it on my Kobo.

BLURB
‘I believe that on the first night I went to Gatsby’s house I was one of the few guests who had actually been invited. People were not invited – they went there.’

After the war, the mysterious Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire pursues wealth, riches and the lady he lost to another man with stoic determination. When Gatsby finally does reunite with Daisy Buchanan, tragic events are set in motion. Told through the eyes of his detached and omnipresent neighbour and friend, Nick Carraway, Fitzgerald’s succinct and powerful prose hints at the destruction and tragedy that awaits.

OPENING SENTENCE
In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.

REVIEW
I chose to read The Great Gatsby for the ‘a book with a love triangle’ category of my Popsugar Reading Challenge 2015.I’ve wanted to read this book for ages, especially since the recent movie adaptation starring Leonardo DiCaprio made me weep like a baby.

I loved The Great Gatsby. I found it incredibly sad. I loved the way Fitzgerald writes and brings the period and characters to life. This is a very short novel, just over the length of a novella but I feel like I read something several hundred pages longer. I liked Nick’s voice and thought he was an interesting character. The viewpoint used was quite interesting. Everything is told through Nick’s eyes, an outsider, a 3rd party who witnesses the love triangle between Daisy, Tom and Gatsby. I wonder what The Great Gatsby would have been like if the viewpoint was someone else? I can’t decide if I like Gatsby or not. I felt sorry for him. I personally think Daisy was a horrible person and god knows why he was so obsessed with her. But at the time, Gatsby is essentially obsessed with her to the extent he stalks her and forces himself back into her life. I found him a little creepy. However, I really didn’t like Daisy. She comes across as a horrible person who didn’t marry Gatsby because he was poor and went running into Tom’s arms as well, because he was rich. I really disliked Tom. The ending shocked me and made me feel really sad. I had a great time reading The Great Gatsby.

RATING

5 STAR RATING

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