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on January 8, 2018
I read this novel when I was studying American literature at my University and immediately fell in love with F.S. Fitzgerald’s writing. “The Great Gatsby” is familiar to many of us from the movie based on it, but one should really read the book to get a full grasp of the story, even though it’s one of those rare occasions where the movie was just as good as the novel itself. But the beautiful language, the allegories, the symbolism that Fitzgerald is using can only be enjoyed through the written word, and I highly recommend everyone reading this beautiful novel that is rightfully considered classic.
The parallels between the self-made man Gatsby, who is still a hopeless romantic, a dreamer deep down in his soul, and the clan of the Buchanans, which represents the concept of “old money” in this novel, are drawn with ruthless precision. Their soulless, consuming nature, their disregard for everything and everyone masterfully concealed by the polished attitude and the carefully created aristocratic image is opposed by the tender and dreamy nature of Gatsby, whose only dream was to reunite with the woman he loved, and because of whom he amassed such a fortune. Unlike the Buchanans, he’s not interested in money for the sake of money; for him, it’s only the means of reaching his dream, and eventually, he pays the highest price for that dream of his.
An absolutely fascinating, tragic story of a “rotten society” that I would highly recommend to everyone. Truly outstanding work.