The Great Gatsby is a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and published in 1925. It is considered the author's masterpiece and one of the best books in universal literature.
The story is located in the prosperous Long Island, in the year 1922. It tells us about the life of the young millionaire Jay Gatsby and his obsession with the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. Jay Gatsby is the host of relentless party nights, but he is also marked by the tragic fate of an unintended loneliness. Triumph of perpetual youth, brilliance animated by excess, is the archetype of those twenties that began with Prohibition and ran in gangsterism and organized political corruption.
The book opens with Nick Carraway, a Midwestern native and World War I veteran who moves to New York for work and rents a house on Long Island, next door to Jay Gatsby's grand mansion. Nick, Daisy's cousin, will tell us the story as a narrator and will try to show the facts without judging the actors.
The novel deals with themes such as decadence, idealism or social upheaval, reflecting really well the American society of the Roaring Twenties. The book's debut was quite poor, selling few copies and receiving mixed reviews. However, after the author's death and World War II, the novel experienced an increase in fame and appreciation.
It was included in high school reading guides and adapted for stage or film. In 1998, The Modern Library voted it the best American novel of the 20th century.
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And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.
- Jordan Baker
No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.
- Nick Carraway
I hope she'll be a fool. That’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.
- Daisy Buchanan