The Great Gatsby (Collins Classics)
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Considered one of the all-time great American works of fiction, Fitzgerald’s glorious yet ultimately tragic social satire on the Jazz Age encapsulates the exuberance, energy and decadence of an era.
After the war, the mysterious Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire pursues wealth, riches and the lady he lost to another man with stoic determination. He buys a mansion across from her house and throws lavish parties to try and entice her. When Gatsby finally does reunite with Daisy Buchanan, tragic events are set in motion.
Told through the eyes of his detached and omnipresent neighbour and friend, Nick Carraway, Fitzgerald’s succinct and powerful prose hints at the destruction and tragedy that awaits.
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The Great Gatsby is a novel that captures the essence of a scandal during the Roaring Twenties through its beautiful language, motifs and imagery.
I consider this one of my more “bandwagon” favorite books, but still one of my favorites nonetheless. The complexity of the language and literary elements such as the flower and color motifs are really what enticed me, most likely because we were encouraged to examine them deeply. I feel like this was one those novels that I understood on a more profound level and was very proud of that. Although there are certain elements to Gatsby’s character that I absolutely detest, I also admire his determination and pride (to a certain extent). I also was fascinated by Nick Carraway's character and the idea of an unreliable narrator. Ultimately this book allowed me to develop my literary knowledge as I truly appreciated the elements used throughout the novel rather than just looking for them because we are required to do so.
The book gets better and better as you read it. I found it a bit hard to get into at first, but enjoyed it a lot by the time I finished. Definitely one to recommend!