The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

4671Release date: September 30th 2004 (first published 1925)

Publisher: Scribner

Number of pages: 180

Genre: Fiction/ Drama

Jay Gatsby is a self-made man famed for his decadent, champagne-drenched parties. Despite being surrounded by Long Island’s bright and beautiful, he longs only for Daisy Buchanan.

MY REVIEW

This is my favourite classic I have read so far. The Great Gatsby is thought-provoking, without being complex-  it has a simple narrative structure. This is a novel that doesn’t force symbols and metaphors and life messages onto you – you have to take up the responsibility as a reader to find out what the author has tried to impart in his words, and also what he hasn’t.

I liked how there were some characters that you really hated, and some that you liked and some that you loved – though I think there were less characters in this novel that I loved than the ones I just liked or hated. The narrator, Nick Carraway is quite neutral – making a good story teller. I really like Jay Gatsby, and his gift for hope.  Gatsby is admirable and annoyingly elusive at the same time. Tom Buchanan – don’t get me started on him. He is so hate-able, and I really did dislike his character. Not in the way that he was not well-written, but in the way that Fitzgerald made him to be the way he was for the purposes of the narrative. Daisy Buchanan – beautiful and quite wise. I, like many others, love what she says to Nick early on in the book: “That’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” All the characters in this book are either very real, or quite clearly exaggerated to symbolise something- for example, the consequences of being inherently rich.

The ending is completely unexpected – at least to me, it was. Like I said before, the plot is quite simple, yet still packed with revelations and events. I wasn’t bored with the plot or characters or inner monologue at any point- and I’m not even that much of a classic lover! There are some symbols that were quite evident, but I didn’t understand the meaning of. Like, what’s with the colour yellow? I still don’t understand that.

I would definitely recommend this book if you love/like classics, and even if you’re not a big fan, I urge you to try this one out. And after reading The Great Gatsby, have a look at some of John Green’s videos about the book on the Vlogbrothers channel or the Crash Course channel on YouTube. They really helped further my understanding of the novel.

MY RATING

Characters: 1.5/2

Plot: 2/2

Writing style: 1/1

I wouldn’t give this book any extra special points, even though I think it’s a pretty genius novel. (I’m harsh with my special points. (: )

4.5/5

Happy reading,

Z.

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