Saturday, July 20, 2013
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
I don't know if I should actually tell you the story, like I kind of do on my other reviews, since this is a classic. Basically, Nick moves to New York, into a tiny little cottage that is next to a huge, elaborate mansion. Nick's second cousin, or some sort of relation, named Daisy, and her husband Tom who Nick knew in college, live across the bay from him in a fancy house. The big mansion next to Nick's cottage is owned by a man named Gatsby that no one seems to really know much about. And every weekend Gatsby throws huge parties that people from all over come to, even without being invited, they just show up! Turns out that Gatsby once knew Daisy and was in love with her, and she with him so it seemed. But at the time he was too poor to marry her, as she came from a well to do family. But now he has made his fortune, and has come back to try to win her back. Even though she is married and has a child, he is convinced that once she sees him and what he now has to offer, she will come back. Of course there is all kind of drama and things don't go the way they are supposed to. A kind of tragic love story I guess.
Not a bad book. But I'd definitely recommend just seeing the movie if you're going to do one of the two. And if you're going to do both, probably seeing the movie first will help you get through the book with its style of writing a bit easier.