The Great Gatsby by the poolside.

Happy Monday! I hope you all have recovered from the extra long 4th of July weekend. If you had to work on Friday… I’m sorry. I spent most of the weekend enjoying the sun poolside. Except for Friday, I spent the entire day inside binge watching Stranger Things 3! I decided to read The Great Gatsby again for the long weekend. For me, this book is a short read perfect to get you in the celebratory mood for Independence Day. Overlooking the dark undertones, the superficial parties and over the top glamor of the twenties set the tone. 

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees… I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” 

Synopsis

The Great Gatsby is a story set in the summer of 1922, where the narrator moves from the Midwest to New York and lives in fictional West Egg. His next-door neighbor, a mysterious man named Jay Gatsby, throws large lavish parties every Saturday. Nick Carraway, the narrator, muses over Gatsby’s parties and gets entangled in the drama of love and pursuit of the American Dream. The main characters of the story each come with their own baggage that unravels as the novel progresses. 

4th of July reading The Great Gatsby

My Thoughts

The Great Gatsby was a great work of art that encapsulates the twenties. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote the novel in 1925. After the Great World War and before the collapse of the American economy. The spark of ambition and freedom rang high during this time. In the preface, Matthew Bruccoli said, “great fiction is great social history; Fitzgerald’s work has been automatically identified with an American decade.” If you read this book for school I’m sure you’re familiar with the underlying themes of the novel. Fitzgerald scorns the pursuit of the American Dream by highlighting all the ruin that comes with it. On the surface, The Great Gatsby encompasses the roaring twenties or The Jazz Ages as Fitzgerald classified it. However, by the time you finish the book, you won’t feel celebratory.

“There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.” 

Conclusion

The Great Gatsby is a classic. If you didn’t read it for school, I recommend you read it now. Even if you did read it in school, our perspectives change so much, it’s worth a reread! It’s a short novel, one of Fitzgerald’s best pieces of work, and a gateway into reading more of his writing. 

My Rating: 5/5

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