About the Book
Title: The Great Gatsby
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Publication: Charles Scribner Sons (April 10 1925)/Amazon Kindle
Summary: This is the story of the rise and fall of self-made millionaire Jay Gatsby, told by his neighbour Nick Carraway. Set in 1920s America it depicts a bygone era of wealth, decadence and excess.
What I Think
I thoroughly enjoyed The Great Gatsby and found it a quick and easy read. The themes of The Great Gatsby: wealth, beauty, greed and power mirrored the society of the Roaring Twenties perfectly. I did feel that one or two of the major revelations were dealt with too quickly and that more could have been done with them to add to the narrative. F. Scott Fitzgerald had a unique talent with words making his sentences beautiful and lyrical. I had a very clear picture in my mind of the world in which these characters were set. Also, through accurate, but succinct, descriptions I could imagine what they looked like, how they moved and spoke.
Previously filmed starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, 2013 promises a new and exciting film version directed by Baz Luhrman (Moulin Rouge, Romeo+Juliette, Strictly Ballroom). He co-wrote the screenplay and is bound to give the classic a modern twist. I can already picture Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan in the lead roles and am very much looking forward to seeing it.
For those of you who'd like to take part next time, here are the rules, courtesy of John Wiswell's Bathroom Monologues:
1. Find a classic novel you've never read, preferably one you've been meaning to read for a long time.
2. "Classic" is up to your definition. If you feel Beloved is a Modern Classic, you read it.
3. Between February 1st and 28th, read the book.
4. Join in on Twitter, blogs and Facebook to discuss your journey through the classic.