Published April 10th 1925
THE GREAT GATSBY, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.
I feel like I’m one of the last people on the planet to read this book. I never read it in school and I really never had any intention of reading it. But my best friend loves this book and after she talked about it a couple of times, I wanted to read it.
I’m really surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. The writing is amazingly beautiful and the plot is really interesting. I think the best part of this book (and maybe the most important part) is the characters. They are so incredibly well written and flawed. I didn’t find them to be likable or relatable but there was just something about them that made this book worth it.