Reviewing the Great American Novel isn’t intimidating at all. Anyway, you can look up the book here.
Summary: Nick Carraway has just moved to New York and is trying to make a living selling bonds. His rather mysterious neighbor, Jay Gatsby, is exceedingly wealthy and lives in a gigantic mansion. Gatsby throws lavish parties every weekend. Hardly anyone is invited, but nearly everyone in the city shows up. While Nick begins a tentative friendship with Gatsby, he reconnects with his cousin, Daisy, and her husband, Tom. Daisy and Tom’s relationship is struggling and Tom even has a mistress that everyone–except Daisy–knows about. As it turns out, Gatsby and Daisy have a history together, which Gatsby fully intends to rekindle using Nick. The story comes to a climax when Gatsby attempts to force Daisy to choose between him and her husband. In a state of distress, Daisy accidentally hits and kills a woman in Gatsby’s car. This woman turns out to be none other than Tom’s mistress.
Likes: The Great Gatsby is an incredible book, to say the least. It’s not called the Great American Novel for nothing. Fitzgerald’s writing style is simple, elegant, and quite humorous. His characters are interesting and, while some of them may not necessarily be likable, they are at least sympathetic. Needless to say, it takes a very skilled and artistic author to write a book that is both extremely popular with the public and widely regarded as a literary masterpiece.
Dislikes: There honestly wasn’t anything I didn’t like about The Great Gatsby except that I was really depressed when I finished it. But I can’t really say that that’s a bad thing, because it’s a mark of a great writer if he can get the readers so emotionally invested that they’re honestly depressed by the sad parts in his book.
TL;DR: I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone. If you didn’t have to read it in school, read it. Even if you did, read it again because it’s just that good.
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