[Book Review] The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Generally considered to be F. Scott Fitzgerald’s finest novel, The Great Gatsby is a consummate summary of the “roaring twenties”, and a devastating expose of the “Jazz Age”. Through the narration of Nick Carraway, the reader is taken into the superficially glittering world of the mansions which lined the Long Island shore in the 1920s, to encounter Nick’s cousin Daisy, her brash but wealthy husband Tom Buchanan, Jay Gatsby and the mystery that surrounds him.
Once upon a time in 1920s, when women wore short skirt, bobbed their hair, smoked and drank excessively, and listened to jazz, there lived a man whose name Gatsby.
The Great Gatsby is a tragic love story coated with crimes and corrupted minds. Nick Carraway, the narrator of the story, left his hometown to pursue his dream in New York. He met Daisy, his cousin, and her husband, Tom Buchanan, who had an affair with Mrs. Wilson. Nick was introduced to Jordan Baker and she mentioned about the notorious Gatsby who happens to be Nick’s neighbor.
One day, Nick was invited to Gatsby’s lavish party in his mansion. They were a lot of prominent people at Gatsby’s house. Nick met Jordan and they were curious about the host. Instead, they met an owl-eyed old man in Gatsby’s library.
Finally, Nick sat at a table and met a young man who looked familiar, Gatsby, who often called people “old sport”.
Nick saw Gatsby for the first time when he was standing on the lawn, reaching out for the distant green light.
Soon they became friends and Nick was dragged into Gatsby’s luxurious life, and he became suspicious of Gatsby’s source of income.
Gatsby appeared to fetch Nick for lunch. He told Nick about his past. They met Wolfshiem at a restaurant, which sharpened Nick’s suspicions about Gatsby’s illegal business.
After lunch, Nick met Jordan. She told him that Gatsby is in love with Daisy.
The reunion was set up and their destiny has been changed since then.
The Great Gatsby is a dark tale of a lonely man. Behind the glamorous life that Gatsby has, he is a lonely man. One said loneliness is the cruelest thing in the world. Gatsby is a sad man. He’s never been happy.
The green light that Gatsby tried to reach is a symbol of his dream that he can’t have.
The eyes of T.J. Eckleburg are scary. It’s like the “all seeing eye of God” or the eye of providence. Whatever you do, God sees everything. It gave me goosebumps.
Overall, The Great Gatsby is a great read. Why didn’t I read this earlier? I want to read it every year to get a better understanding. Classics reading is fun.
Now I’d like to talk about the movie.
With the promising cast, this movie fulfilled my expectations. I was surprised that Jay-Z was taking care of the music. Justin Timberlake’s Suit & Tie suddenly popped in my mind. The Great Gatsby’s music is fun, modern and beautiful.
Leonardo plays Gatsby perfectly. Carey is also perfect as Daisy. I read somewhere that Anne Hathaway, Michelle Williams, ScarJo, Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman are among actresses Baz was reportedly considering casting as Daisy Buchanan.
Tobey is not bad, but I had Joseph Gordon Levitt in mind as Nick.
I also read that Ben Affleck was offered to play as Tom Buchanan, but later he dropped it for “Argo”.
The sanatorium is a brilliant addition. The portrayal of Nick as a troubled-soul is beyond my imagination.
Let’s go back to the party. I was in awe while watching the party scene. The over-the-top glitzy glam party is extravagant, yet exquisite. Gatsby is ridiculously wealthy. He’s the Stark of the ’20s, perhaps, a rock star in that era.
I read a book about Hollywood tell-all titled “Full Service”, but it happened in the ’40s. I think it’s a lot like that.
I love the soundtrack, especially Lana Del Rey’s Young and Beautiful. It’s hauntingly beautiful.
I think Jay and Daisy are the new Edward and Bella, the new ‘it’ couple.
And, oh, I’m always fascinated with flapper fashion.