Classic Literature, Fiction

Book Review: “The Great Gatsby”

Rating: 9.2 out of 10.0

Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Genre: Fiction [Classic Literature]

About: The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island, it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s. The Great Gatsby is a true classic of twentieth-century literature.

Likes: This is one of the best-written novels of all-time. The unique characters, combined with an intriguing plot create an amazing story that draws the reader in. Fitzgerald describes things in a way that enables the reader to imagine the vivid scene from the 20’s. In fact, this book stands out as a book that REALLY takes the reader back into the past and makes them feel like they are there. Again, the characters in The Great Gatsby are extraordinary and I guarantee that you will fall in love with them if you read this book. I simply cannot say enough good things about this book.

Dislikes: There are several instances of swearing in this book, which makes it unsuitable for younger readers. Also, there is much drinking and smoking in the book, for cultural reality. In addition to this, there are three scenes in particular that include much violence (two of the three are described in full detail). So, in short, this book is not recommended for younger readers.

Summary: Jay Gatsby purchases a mansion that is just across a small expanse of water from the woman that he truly loves. She loves him back, but is already married and must decide her loyalties. Will she choose the man who is already her husband or will she be won over by Gatsby’s immense charm and earnest pleading?

Book Length: 180 pages (Scribner Classics)

Favorite Character: Jay Gatsby

Suggested age: 15+


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