The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald [Yep, I’m actually doing this]

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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Genres: Romance, Drama, History
Pages: 180
First Published: 1925

Rating: tricky but I think I’ll go for:

★★★★☆

190px-thegreatgatsby_1925jacketTHE GREAT GATSBY, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career.

This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

 

 

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There is probably nothing I can say about The Great Gatsby that I bet you haven’t already heard, so why I am I doing this discussion? I don’t know… But! It’s my blog so I can whatever the bloodydamn (😉😉😉) I want. *moving on (lol)*

I picked up this book for the first time ever because I couldn’t excuse the fact that while Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Great Gatsby is one of my favorite movies of all time, I had never read a page of this book. It was about time. While a bunch of people have analyzed this books structure, writing and historical significance I’m basically just going to fangirl and flail around. Where some ok most people see a book about American history, I see a tragic love story.

If I could describe this book in one word it would be timeless. I don’t know what I was expecting but this wasn’t it. The Great Gatsby is such an easy to enjoy. Well at least for me it was because I picked it up for the simple pleasure of reading it. The story is captivating, mostly because like Nick Carraway we spend the majority of the book trying to figure out the mystery of Gatsby.

Obviously the very idea of a man like Gatsby is very romantic but digging deep it’s really kinda sad that this man was so stuck in the past. He built this perfect fantasy of Daisy in his mind and in all their years apart it just kept building into something that didn’t resemble Daisy at all.  And we all know you can’t possibly compete with someone’s perfect fantasy of you.

“No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.” ― The Great Gatsby

In the beautiful words of John Green:

“You can love someone so much… But you can never love people as much as you can miss them.” ― John Green

I’m not American so obviously all the symbolism and historical stuff just flew over my head but overall I loved the surface story. Aside from the hints of racism which – I guess – was normal 90+ years ago, the book was interesting enough. I’m sucker for tragic love stories so of course I fell in love with one of the best in the history of literature.

“He looked at her the way all women want to be looked at by a man.” – The Great Gatsby.

P.S. Don’t be mad at me for “not taking the book seriously” but enough people do that already. I wanted to talk about this like it was any other book because that’s just what it is in the end.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed this review old sport!

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