Challenge criteria: A book published before you were born. (I was born in 1992, and this book was published in 1925.)
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession.”
It is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.
What I liked:
This was indeed a great look at life in the 1920s. You’re thrown into a world of glitzy parties, socialising, and high class entertainment. It seemed like a much grander and much simpler time.
What I didn’t like:
I wasn’t a huge fan of the eponymous Gatsby. I felt he was a bit fake.
I also thought it took a lot longer than I expected for us to actually meet Gatsby and enter his world.
Out of five:
Three. I felt the book lacked a little, and I couldn’t finish it.