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[Review] The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

by Rose Gant

Follow the mysterious Jay Gatsby and his pursuit for his lost love Daisy Buchanan. Torn apart by time Gatsby and Daisy are brought together once again by his new neighbour Nick but can Gatsby repeat the past?

The Great Gatsby is truly the great American novel. A story so evocative of the Jazz Age, Fitzgerald’s depiction of the 1920s has captured the hearts of readers worldwide and despite being considered as unfilmable, this classic has been adapted twice for the silver screen by Francis Ford Coppola and more recently, Baz Luhrmann (and rumour has it there is a TV series in the pipeline as well).

The exploration of the American Dream, love, wealth and social hierarchy are open to multiple interpretations, and readers like myself continue to be drawn back to this story to discover more on every reading.

Its iconic images such as the eyes of T J Eckleburg, which appear not only on the books original cover but watching the characters throughout the story, will remain with you long after you finish reading and Fitzgerald’s lyrical descriptions really pack a punch for a story that is less than 200 pages in length. In fact, its short length makes it the perfect classic to discover or revisit today.

I personally love The Great Gatsby, it’s the only text I studied at school that I did not get sick of. It’s a beautiful tale of love and friendship and I adore being absorbed into Gatsby’s lavish lifestyle every time I pick it up.

If you are in need of escapism then why not become immersed in the dazzling world of Gatsby and see why readers keep returning to this allusive story nearly 100 years after its publication.

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