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.

Advertisements

Favourite Quotes

I have recently started to note down quotes from books that I read. Sometimes other people point them out to me, and sometimes I find those perfect words myself.

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.” – To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee.

“What a treacherous thing to believe that a person is more than a person.”  – Paper Towns, by John Green.

“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.” – The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green.

“The marks humans leave are too often scars.” – The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green.

“Sometimes it seems the universe wants to be noticed.” – The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green.

“And the moral of the story is that you don’t remember what happened. What you remember becomes what happened.” – An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green.

“We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken.” – Looking for Alaska, by John Green.

“Better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.” – The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.

“And that’s the thing about people who mean everything they say. They think everyone else does too.” – The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.

“Living for its own sake isn’t life. People need meaning as much as they need air.” – Robopocalypse, by Daniel. H Wilson.

There are many other wonderful words I have read, and these were just the few that have stuck with me, and so I consider them as my favourites because of the impact they had on me. But that’s not to say they are my ONLY favourite words from books. For now, these are the ones I would like to share with you. (Yes, I noticed how more than half of these quotes are from John Green. What can I say? Love that author/nerdfighter.)

Let me know what your favourite quotes are, which books they are from, or alternatively, who said the words.

Happy reading and quoting,

Z.