Recently I got to read ‘The Great Gatsby’ by American author F.Scott Fitzgerald. The book was first published in April,1925, but still even after 92 years down the line, the book still grabs the attention of the reader and makes it a memorable experience.
The book has been set in the fictional town of West Egg situated on the Long Island, during the Jazz Age,where (According to New York Times) gin was the National drink and sex was the national obsession. The lavish parties, the jazz music, huge mansions, and the complex characters have been stitched out perfectly by the author to create a ‘vivid’ nature for the book. Fitzgerald is undoubtedly one the best Authors the time has seen.
We see the characters through the eyes off the narrator Mr.Nick Carraway, a narration so strong and credible that we feel the story has actually happened. Jay Gatsby- a wealthy young man who throws in lavish parties every weekend, Daisy Buchanan a beautiful young woman was madly in love with Jay, Tom Buchanan- Daisy’s husband, are the main characters. The perfect triangle love story has been carved out. Mr Gatsby still lives on the memories off his lost love Daisy. Tom Buchanan a strong stubborn husband who feels protective and possessive for his wife.
The part where it all get complicated when Daisy realizes where she has to choose between her love for Jay Gatsby and Tom Buchanan whom she has been married to. Yes, things can get complex and push you to the edge sometimes. Each dialogues and situation the characters go through are well placed and penned.
What does it take to be with person you love?
Well in the case of Jay Gatsby, the man who had everything, died as a ‘no one’. The dreams of life he wanted to live with Daisy remained a question mark, as Daisy finally decides to stay with Tom even after a tempestuous discussion the three indulge in. When Jay rests in the coffin, there was no one to come and shed a tear for him other than Nick. So in the end, wealth and power becomes insignificant until and unless an element of love is present somewhere.
The book has got some of the best prose off the times.
“Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.”
“Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter–tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. And one fine morning– So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
Are some of the best excerpts from the book.
When it comes to Fitzgerald’s writing style, he really draws the reader into the story he says. In the end, the reader sees the scenery, hears the dialogues and smells the aroma he is trying to create.