Novel envelopes readers in luxurious mystery

Abigail Eswine
Contributing Writer

“If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him.” –“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

In “The Great Gatsby,” Fitzgerald creates the story of Jay Gatsby, a mysterious and wealthy man living in the Jazz Age. Fitzgerald writes with constant imagery to bring a thoughtful tale to life. He produces question-provoking sentences about longing for love, wanted perception and dreams versus reality.

The tale is narrated by Nick Carraway, a young man in the bond business and new to the area. The area, the West Egg district of Long Island Sound, is inhabited by newly wealthy people who have yet to establish social connections and are liable to gaudy displays of wealth. When Nick moves into town as Gatsby’s neighbor, he gets invited to one of Gatsby’s legendary parties thrown regularly with hundreds of people. Nick meets him that night and through a growing friendship, he eventually becomes involved with Gatsby’s long harbored love for a woman who lives by the green light.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of four published novels besides “The Great Gatsby,” successfully wrote a story accounting a fictional man’s life with thoughtful and beautifully crafted sentences. Fitzgerald writes with an elegance and flow that allows his almost poetic words of imagery, symbolism, and satire etc to shine. Fitzgerald plays with many points of view which enable us at the end of the pages to truly feel as if we know Jay Gatsby.

At the end of the 180 pages –paperback edition- the reader is left with a turn in story and characters that would be hard to predict.

Fitzgerald unravels in perfect timing the air of lush mystery with which he fills the book, keeping the reader interested and from guessing the turn in plot before is wanted.

“The Great Gatsby” was published in 1925 by Charles Scribner’s Sons and is sold in many bookstores as well as online for around $15 paperback, and $25 hardcover.

“The Great Gatsby” was made into a movie multiple times, and a new adaptation by Bazmark Films, and Red Wagon Productions, and Village Roadshow Pictures came to theatres May 10 and features Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan.

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