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Book Summary - The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I’m proclaiming this week Read the Great Books week! I will post summaries of some of the most Googled book summaries and leave a link to my Amazon Affiliates account if you want to grab a copy of those books for yourself. Let’s get started!



F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel "The Great Gatsby," published in 1925, explores themes of wealth, love, and the American Dream. The story is set in the 1920s and follows the mysterious and wealthy Jay Gatsby and the pursuit of his lost love, Daisy Buchanan.


This brilliant novel is a portrait of the excesses and moral decay of the Roaring Twenties, as told by Nick Carraway, a young man from the Midwest who has recently moved to New York City. The story exposes the corruption and emptiness that lies beneath the surface of the glamorous society of the time through Gatsby's lavish parties and extravagant lifestyle. Sound like something we see today?


Readers are drawn into a web of deceit, betrayal, and tragedy as Gatsby's obsession with Daisy leads him down a path of destruction as the tale progresses. Finally, the novel asks whether pursuing wealth and status can truly bring happiness or if it only leads to a life of emptiness and disillusionment. We can see that today on any social media site.


"The Great Gatsby" has become a beloved classic of American literature and is widely regarded as one of the twentieth century's greatest novels. Its themes of love, wealth, and the American Dream are still relevant today, and its depiction of the excesses and moral decay of the 1920s is still relevant in the 21st century.


One thing that stands out to me is that Gatsby served in World War One. It's unclear whether Jay Gatsby enjoyed his military service, though I imagine he wouldn't have if he had witnessed the bloody battles of that war. Fitzgerald doesn't say much about Gatsby's experiences overseas, other than that he served as a major and was decorated for valor. Nor does he delve into Gatsby's personal feelings about the war, even though his military service appears to have been an important part of his backstory and helped him achieve his wealth and status. As a result, determining what Gatsby liked or disliked about his wartime service is difficult, but leaves it to you, the reader, to determine its importance.


The novel's exquisite prose and vivid depiction of the Jazz Age elevate it to the status of timeless literature that captures the essence of a bygone era. "The Great Gatsby" is a must-read for anyone who enjoys great literature, as well as a poignant reminder of the dangers of pursuing material success at the expense of one's own values and integrity.


Cheers.


-ajt





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