(or at least, that's what I like to think)
First published in 1925, this novel definitely positioned its author, F. Scott Fitzgerald as a serious and talented writer; being T.S. Eliot among the first to comment on the book, and calling it “ the first step that American fiction has taken since Henry James”.
The Great Gatsby explores the darker side of the Jazz Age through a first tense novel in which a young Gatsby’s neighbor named Nick Carraway (the narrator) gets to know him in one of the parties he uses to throw at his mansion in West Egg, Long Island, New York.
Since their first meeting in early summer 1922, Gatsby and Carraway develop a certain friendship mainly based on the fact that Carraway’s cousin Daisy, -who lives with his unfaithful husband Buchanan on the other side of the bay- was his girlfriend when he was a young man, and he is been thinking and working to win her back since he came back from the First World War that broke them apart.
Through Carraway we get to know this mysterious character, which pursues shady deals and has doubtful acquaintances, but is, on the other hand, the most educated, elegant and charming host, and an irremediable romantic as well, since his obsession with Daisy begins to gain force at the second act of the story. And so as the novel develops, the author creates a rich Jazz Age ambiance mixed with a thriller spark that keeps growing in an almost musical crescendo, until it riches the only end it could have, probing the empty heart of the American dream.
F. Scott Fitzgerald kidnaps our attention to knit a perfect mix of good description, common but yet unforgettable characters that display themselves amid the throng of guests at Gatsby’s parties, and the perfect amount of mystery and thrill to describe a glamorous and yet sad era in which Gatsby wins his place in our hearts. A classic novel you can’t miss, even if you plan to watch the next film adaptation( with Leonardo Dicaprio as Gatsby and Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke among others, directed by Baz Luhrmann ( Moulin Rouge, Romeo and Juliet), which will released next summer 2012), or any of the other versions for that matter!
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