There is something about the 1920's I want to know more about- plus my seventeen year old sister, an English A level student (studying The Great Gatsby) has managed to intoxicate the house with the word Gatsby (so much I want to know who Gatsby is for myself).
There are rumours circulating the neighbourhood about this man called Gatsby. We are then taken into Gatsby’s life as he tries to win back he’s high school sweetheart Daisy, Through the eyes of he’s neighbour and friend, Nick Carraway.
From beginning to end, the story has a mysterious feel to it. Whilst reading it was like watching the scenes from a spy lenses, perhaps since the narrator, Nick Carraway is such a cool and collected character, who recollected scenarios in a calm manner. Carraway is an observer, he keeps himself to himself, and listens, and notices things people are just too busy to think about, which is what made him the best narrator for this story.
From the moment the reader hears the title ‘The Great Gatsby’, there is already an urge to know what is so great about this Gatsby (I know I felt that way, especially since the film caused a stir). This feeling is carried throughout the first few chapters as the characters in the book are questioning who Gatsby is. Rumours are circulated, we hear he is a bootlegger, an Oxford man, a killer, a great party thrower.
Carraway gets to know he’s neighbour, Gatsby, on a personal level, being one of the few in the story to genuinely like him. Daisy is a central character; she is Gatsby’s teenage love; Carraway’s cousin and Tom Buchanan’s wife. Daisy is fickle minded, despite this Gatsby still deeply admires her, and through Carraways eyes we witness the forbidden relationship between a man who has clenched onto the past too tightly and a fickle minded woman who happily moves onto the next best offer effortlessly.
I would recommend this book to anyone, it is short, making it a quick read, but it is timeless, the same concepts which apply in the 1920’s can correlate to today.