Monday, May 6, 2013

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Book Review: The Great Gatsby

          Well, I've been stocking up on books, thanks to the kindle, so i've been reading a bit, we'll have quite a bit of book reviews this summer. For now, I want to speak of The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. First of all, what's it about? What's it like? Many people don't even know the first thing about the novel, for which I'm here to gladly help. 

        It takes place during the Roaring Twenties, 1925, precisely, which is about the peak of America's economic growth to that point. To make a long story short, Gatsby is about Nick Carraway, who had just graduated from Yale and had fought in WWI. Nick moves next door to a mysterious millionaire named Jay Gatsby, who holds grandiloquent parties frequently. Gatsby falls in love with Nick's cousin, Daisy, who lives across the bay in front of Gatsby's house. Unfortunately, Daisy's married, and so comes unleashed one of the best dramas I've had the pleasure to read. 

"Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And then one fine morning—
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."
           Just what makes this such a great book, though? I mean, there's not much to fit in it, now, is there? You could read it in a day if you lazily flipped the pages. And indeed, there's not much content, but the one that's present is rich in context from the Jazz era. Post WWI ideals, colored suits, jazz music, champagne, reckless spending, all this and more is present in The Great Gatsby

         What I loved most was Gatsby himself. I won't spoil, but indeed, Jay is quite the embodiment of the American Dream of starting over again and accumulating wealth. Why did he want to start over, though? Well, that's up to you readers to find out, and of course, once you read it, you tell me whether it's worth the hype high school teachers tend to show when speaking about the book. I say it does.