The Great Gatsby

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

The first time I read it, I was curled up on the armchair in my room, sick with a mild flu, and I read it from cover to cover without pause. I did not thoroughly understand it, and even at the time, I knew there were layers and layers of nuance that were passing over my head, but even so, at sixteen, it was my new favorite book.

A quick, smooth, but deeply nuanced read, this is a 4 on the 5-star Reading System

By Kate Baylay

The Great Gatsby is a story of a mysterious man who rises, seemingly out of nowhere, in a luxurious mansion on the banks of Manhattan’s east shore. He throws parties every night, and invites to his home all the social, careless, uncaring elite of 1920’s New York, but does not engage with them. Almost mythic in his absence from the other partiers, rumors rise about him on every side: rumors that he is a murderer, a bootlegger, or an adulterer.

The story is told through the eyes of Nick Carroway, an introspective young man who moves into a small cottage beside the giant mansion, and who comes to know its owner, Jay Gatsby, in all his gigantic persona and narrow desires. With penetrating insight and forgiveness into human frailty, Nick learns of the all-consuming passion that has dictated every act of Gatsby’s life, and which will eventually lead him into terrible calamity.

If you like stories with penetrating insight into human nature, that question the purpose for life, and that explore what makes life worthwhile, read it now!

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“I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.”

Fitzgerald F. Scott, The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald


Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (known as F. Scott Fitzgerald) was a short story writer and novelist considered one of the pre-eminent authors in the history of American literature due almost entirely to the enormous posthumous success of his third book, The Great Gatsby. Perhaps the quintessential American novel, as well as a definitive social history of the Jazz Age, The Great Gatsby has become required reading for virtually every American high school student and has had a transportive effect on generation after generation of readers. At the age of 24, the success of his first novel, This Side of Paradise, made Fitzgerald famous. One week later, he married the woman he loved and his muse, Zelda Sayre. However by the end of the 1920s Fitzgerald descended into drinking, and Zelda had a mental breakdown. Following the unsuccessful Tender Is the Night, Fitzgerald moved to Hollywood and became a scriptwriter. He died of a heart attack in 1940, at age 44, his final novel only half completed.

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