No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.
To be honest when it comes to F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby up until last year I had never really seen the appeal to him or this novel maybe it was because it’s one of them books that you either study in school or are constantly recommend by friends and family or just the simple fact it’s one of them classics that is extremely hyped by pretty much everyone. However, this all changed for me about 5/6 months ago when out of the blue I had this undying urge to read not only this author but also his most famous work: The Great Gatsby. So you could imagine my excitement when Will at Alma Books contacted me asking if I would like to review any of their new releases and I saw The Great Gatsby on the list. So once again I would like to thank Will at Alma Books for being so kind and sending a copy in exchange for an honest and fair review.
The Great Gatsby was written by F.Scott Fitzgerald and was first published in 1925. The plot of the novel is as followed (the official blurb): “Invited to and extravagantly lavish party in a long Island mansion, Nick Carraway, a young bachelor who just settled in the neighboring cottage, is intrigued by the mysterious host, Jay Gatsby, a flamboyant but reserved self-made man with murky business interests and shadowy past. As the two men strike up an unlikely friendship, details of Gatsby’s impossible love for a married woman emerge, until events spiral into tragedy.”
There was so many things that I loved about this novel. For example the way in which Fitzgerald portrays the Jazz Age as well as the messages about the era and his exploration of the social class of the 1920s. Every character within this novel was unique in their own way, they had a grandeur about them but also many of them had their own major defects. A very good example of the defects of some these characters were the fact they were all falling in disillusion and dancing openly and helplessly in the so called American dream. One of my favourite characters within the novel would have to be Jay Gatsby himself, the reason for this is because there is such an air of mystery around him especially when it comes to his past. This mystery and the air surrounding it was even more built up and had a sort of suspense to it because the story was told from the narrative’s (Nick Carraway) point of view.
So we drove on toward death through the cooling twilight.
Not only was this novel thought-provoking but the writing was simply beautiful and I have to admit I was completely and utterly sucked into the world of Gatsby and the 1920s from pretty much the get go. Fitzgerald definitely had a brilliant mind and his craft of certain scenes within this books were developed and done in such a clever and at times understated way.
The Great Gatsby is most definitely a classic that I can’t seem to stop thinking about which made me rethink my original rating of 4 stars. In the end I decided that due to fact I was still thinking about this novel and couldn’t shake the feeling of wanting to know more about the character of Jay Gatsby (who was definitely still a major mystery even after the story had ended) a week after finishing it, it was much more of a 4.5 star read for me in the end.
Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.
The edition was published by Alma Classics (2016)
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