The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Original book title: The Great Gatsby
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Publisher: Vintage Classics, 148 pages
Language: English
Original languageEnglish
Year of publication: 2011 (first published in 1925)

The reason I wanted to read this book was because of the movie. I thought the movie was amazing and wanted to see how the book was.

Nick Carraway is coming to New York to become a stockbroker. He moves into a villa on Long Island and begins hanging out with the tattered couple Tom and Daisy Buchanan. He has an extremely mysterious and colossal wealthy neighbor who gives great parties, usually without showing himself. The neighbor’s name is Jay Gatsby.

Most often the book is better than the movie, but in this case I have to say I liked the movie more than the book.
The best part of this book was the language. F. Scott Fitzgerald is an incredibly good writer whose strength lies in the dialogues and describing emotions. Unfortunately, I don’t think he’s a good storyteller. The story is really boring, nothing really happens and the characters are not likable at all. I thought they were colorless and had a hard time sympathizing with them.
While reading the book, I saw the movie in my head and I wonder if I had liked the book as much if it hadn’t been for the movie.

I’m glad I read this book and will probably read it again in the future because I really enjoyed the way it was written. A classic worth reading, even though the movie was better.


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