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"Her voice is full of money."
Daisy Buchanan was everything Jay Gatsby wanted in the world. Wealth, power, and obvious success, with a little love on the side. These became his drive while serving overseas in the military, after he received a letter from his sweetheart that told him of her upcoming marriage to someone else.
War changes a man, they say. Those who return are different. And they have every right to pursue the American Dream like any other before them. Fitzgerald's novel has a warning. It seems to say,"Be careful of what you wish for..."
The Great Gatsby is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922.
Much of this is narrated by Nick Carraway, Gatsby's modest Long Island neighbor who becomes his most trusted friend. Carraway provides the exact perfect pitch: more awestruck, but moral -- always objective and charming, genuinely decent and impeccably well mannered.
Nick is responsible for reuniting the lovers, each who are now at different scenes in their lives, five years after their romance was interrupted by military duty.
Now a solitary figure in his luxurious mansion,Gatsby is a newly wealthy man who accumulated his fortunes through dubious means.
Daisy, on the other hand, has always led a life of privilege and could not let love stand in the way of her comfortable existence. She married Tom Buchanan for that sole purpose.
With Gatsby's ambition spurred by his love for Daisy, he rekindles his romance with her, as Tom carries on carelessly with an auto mechanic's grasping wife. Nick himself gets caught up in the jet set trappings and has a relationship with the sometimes untruthful Jordan Baker, a young golf pro.
These characters are inevitably led on a collision course that exposes the hypocrisy of the rich, the falsity of an undeserving love, and the mortality of all individuals on this earth.
About the Book and Author
Fitzgerald—inspired by the parties he had attended while visiting Long Island's north shore—began planning the novel in 1923, desiring to produce, in his words, "something new—something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned."
While the book sold poorly when released, and the author considered himself a failure when he died, today his landmark story is widely considered to be a literary classic and a contender for the title "Great American Novel".
There's a reason that it's considered one of the very best American novels. And while required reading in many high schools these days, it's worth a new study. If you come back to it now as an adult, you'll find that the story still resonates, but with themes that eternally grace any setting in a forgotten time. It's these themes that haunt and leave you wondering after the last page is turned.
Why You Should Read This Book (Again.)
This book truly makes you want to go back in time and live in the 20’s with all the lively spirits and questionable morals. The characters in the story are memorable and every action seems over the top. The themes of wealth and money are constantly at play throughout the book and really make you think about their influences on your own life and American life in general.
If you are looking to read a period piece about the Jazz age in America this might be the best ever made.
If you like romance books this book does a perfect job of centering the book's plot around love.
Or if you are just looking for a quick read this book satisfies all cravings.
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