RATING: 🌕🌕🌕🌕🌑(4/5 moons)
First Published: April 1925
“He had intended, probably, to take what he could and go – but now he found that he had committed himself to the following of a grail.”
Narrator Nick Carraway tells the story of his neighbour Jay Gatsby, whose parties at his Long Island mansion are as lavish as his past is mysterious. Yet Gatsby cares only for one of his guests: his lost love Daisy Buchanan, now married and living across the bay. In Fitzgerald’s hands, this deceptively simple story becomes a near-perfect work of art, told in hauntingly beautiful prose.
I don’t know how it could be possible to rate a book of 4 stars and still make it to my favorite list but The Great Gatsby did it. I’m not much of a reader of classics because I sometimes get distracted because of the writing style and the old English format. But this book is different. It is both beautiful and problematic.
I only like Gatsby in all the characters in this story. The other characters are frustrating at times, especially Daisy and his husband. But I love the plot and the writing style. It is one of those story where you do not like the characters yet you want to know what happened to them and how things would end. It is quite unpredictable in some sense and I did not see that ending coming. But I think the author created a huge impact in the hearts of his reader because of that ending.
Everything that happened in the story, from beginning to end feels so real for me. I love this book so much. And I wish more people would read this book. It truly is a classic that every generation should read.