Wow, reading this book has been a ride. Over the summer, I was in a production of The Wizard of Oz, and during the rehearsals I would be reading this book. I was thirteen pages from the end when I stopped because things got too hectic, but after the play ended, I really didn’t have an excuse for abandoning this book. I picked it back up a few days ago and finally finished it. Now, I get to somehow gather details that I picked up when I read the book three months ago. We’ll see how this review goes.
The Great Gatsby was written in 1925, so expect many lost, historic values, and strong language. It takes place in ’22, and our main characters live on Long Island, in the fictional towns of East Egg (for the rich and wealthy) and West Egg (for the poorer and less fortunate). Our narrator is Nick Carraway, and he’s telling this story from years in the future, talking about these people he’s come to meet.
Jay Gatsby is a man who lives next door to Nick. Gatsby is a wealthy, successful man, settling down in West Egg. Why? He has a party nearly every night, only inviting a few, but always getting a huge turnout. Nick first meets Jay when he is invited to one of these parties.
Nick is friends with a woman named Daisy Buchanan. Daisy is married to a man named Tom Buchanan.
So, here’s where the love scribble comes in.
You thought the 21st century was full of drama? Think again.
This book has the most dramatic, most ridiculous love scribble I’ve ever read of, and I’m going to tell y’all about it.
So, Jay Gatsby and Daisy met and fell in love years before this story took place. Then, Gatsby went to fight in the war, and he came back five years later. During those five years while he was away, Daisy met Tom Buchanan in Chicago, and they got married. Now, Nick sees that this man has moved in next door to him, and it’s Gatsby, who has just returned from Europe.
When Nick introduces Daisy and Jay again, they quickly fall back in love.
I bet you’re feeling bad for Tom, now, huh?
Well, during all of this, Tom has a mistress in the city named Myrtle Wilson, who’s married to a man called George. Basically, a woman is cheating on her husband with an old sweetheart, but her husband is cheating on her for another woman, who is also cheating on her own husband.
I guess this book is just the story of unfaithful people and terrible marriages, huh?
Nevertheless, I found this book extremely entertaining. In older, classic books like this, it’s a bit harder to follow all of the characters (Names of characters and their significance are mentioned all the time in this book, but it’s simply too hard to remember who is who), but sometimes with older books you just need to pretend. 😉
I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars total. I really do recommend this book! It’s a nice summer read, but can be read whenever you have lots of spare time. The book is only 180 pages, but it’s the kind of book that should be read closely and carefully.
Maybe, soon, I’ll try to watch the movie. Maybe then some aspects of the book will be clearer to me. I took a look at the 2013 cast, and it seems relevant to the personalities given in the book. Looking at the man they cast as Tom Buchanan made me laugh out loud, and Nick Carraway looks like a rip-off James Bond!
Thank you so much for reading, and comment any questions below!