Book review: The Great Gatsby

Hey,

Happy Saturday! Sorry this post was not up yesterday, I forgot to change it from draft to schedule. There will be three posts today, this one, one at 5pm and the usual 10pm post. I hope you enjoy each post. But for now, let’s get into todays post.

I wrote a summer reading list for me to conplete in my spare time, so I have decided to make a start now. I have been blogging, reading, making new friends and sleeping. It’s a pretty great lifestyle at the moment. So be prepared for some exciting posts. 

Speaking of reading, I finally made time to sit and read The Great Gatsby. Here is my review.

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is a story that depicts the events during the Jazz Age in the United States. The typical characters and events of that period are portrayed with elaboration and detail. The story is narrated by Nick Carraway, who moves to New York and finds himself being neighbors with Jay Gatsby—one of the most mysterious people in the area. The Great Gatsby reveals to us what was going on in the 1920s and what people valued at the time. To my mind, Jay Gatsby is the one to whom we turn most of our attention, but another person to consider is Daisy Buchanan. Her behavior proves that what people are seeking is the realization of the American dream. She prefers to spend time with a pretentious and rich Jay Gatsby, instead of staying with her faithful husband and family.

Prosperity was the core value of the lost generation as portrayed in the book. The American dream is defined as striving for individualism and imperialism. However, the irony of it all, as implied in the book, is that it is just as much corrupted as Gatsby’s desire to be with Daisy, who cheated on her husband for the love of money. This fact strikes the soul of the average person and definitely evokes some negative emotions. Nevertheless, this act, as in the book overall, gives plenty food for thought, especially when it compares modern-day American values with those illustrated in the story.

What does the book teach us and why should we read it? This book is a great source of information if you would like to acquire knowledge about the American lifestyle back in the Jazz Age, as well as to link it to the later development of the American dream and how its evolution progressed. With regard to the moralistic perspective of the story, it is definitely aimed at bringing up such qualities as sincerity and love. It expounds on the concept that people should cherish their family and try to remain compassionate in any situation. The author has achieved his goal of penetrating the audience’s attention, and has delivered an invaluable message of humanity amongst greed and materialism.

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I had to read this book for A level English Literature and I began hating it, I hated Daisy and Tom and I hated Gatsby, they were such fake characters, as I read on I began to enjoy the story, I enjoyed how the characters were finally being understood. This is why I picked it up again for a very enjoyable afternoon read. I do reccomend it to anyone who enjoys Fitzgeralds work, who loves the 20’s and to anyone who loves a good read. 

That is the end. I have an extra post going up tonight, so check back for that. Enjoy these Gatsby quotes.

Stay safe, Stay happy and live life as an adventure.

Love,

A x

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Great review! I have always wanted to read this xx

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    1. Alanna ♡ says:

      You will love it 😊

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  2. Kat says:

    I read this book a while ago and at first I also hated it but I grew to love it so much, I especially love how amazing the descriptions are, when Gatsby’s parties were described I felt like I was really there! 🙂

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    1. Alanna ♡ says:

      Fitzgerald is an amazing writer 😊

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