The Great Gatsby
By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Jay Gatsby lives in West Egg, Long Island next door to Nick Carraway, cousin of Daisy Buchanan. Jay fits the West Egg stereotype of the young, wealthy, ornate, but dismissed by your average socialite. He intentionally moved across the sound from his long-lost-love Daisy Buchanan, who lives in East Egg with her young daughter and husband Tom Buchanan, hoping one day she'd hear about his extravagant parties thrown every Saturday and attend one. Everyone and anyone will attend his parties but rarely will they actually know Gatsby, creating a constant array of ludicrous rumors to spread among guests.
The true conflict resides in Gatsby himself. He struggles to come to terms with the dream he conjured of how his and Daisy's love would resume as if the last five years of the lives couldn't interfere with any of his grand plan. Overall, he constantly disregards the reality of everything or what could become of it whether it's in the benefit of his hopes or not.
"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." This very last sentence of the book, stated by Nick Carraway, I believe beautifully completes the ultimate theme that growing up, we're moving forward with our lives, in the face of remaining vulnerable to our past.
I strongly believe that this book can engage and be enjoyed by nearly any reader due to the complexity of not only the plot but the characters as well, adding to the fact that it’s done in such a to-the-point manner that won’t leave the reader lost or confused. Additionally, besides the love-story aspect of the book it also entails paradigms about relationships, success, and how we go about life in an unique, swaying unique way. Also, I would recommend this book to absolutely anyone with a taste for historical fiction. Not only does F. Scott Fitzgerald beautifully describe the jazz-era visually, but the characters intellectually as well.