Title: The Great Gatsby.
Writer(s): F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Release Date: April, 2018 (first published in 1925).
Genre(s): Classics, Fiction, Romance.
My Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆.
How far would you go to live a lie? Growing up, it is almost part of our upbringing to dream, to imagine the best of circumstances for a life full of happiness, to conceive success in a way that the mere thought of it would raise the hair on our arms and have us drooling at the intangible wealth. There are periods in history where such dreams where not just dreams but a possibility that only depended on your desire to make the most of the opportunities that cross your path. Legendary writer F. Scott Fitzgerald transports readers to an era in time that saw a decadence of glamour in a banal and superficial lifestyle with his magnum opus that left a memorable impression in Americana literature.
What is The Great Gatsby about? Set in the Jazz Age, the story introduces us to the enigmatic yet filthy rich Jay Gatsby and his love affair with the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. Through the eyes of Nick Carraway who holds the role of the narrator throughout this tragic tale, he portrays a very attentive character newly residing in West Egg, Long Island, as a neighbour to Jay Gatsby as he slowly but surely unravels the mystery behind this man who hides his self behind a charismatic personality, a prestigious background, and classy Saturday night parties.
The social commentary hidden between the lines by writer F. Scott Fitzgerald is commendable. The people who indulged the Roaring Twenties with all their heart, passion, and money can be clearly visualized through the author’s exquisitely refined and poetic prose. The idea of the American Dream is scrutinized to the point of being able to see beyond the illusion in which many live in as they embrace a meaningless life without a care in the world about their own sense of worth and respect. Success is thus blindly achieved and understood through old values lying in money, fame, and glory, but writer F. Scott Fitzgerald wittily destroys this mirage by looking into the complex yet simple life of Jay Gatsby.
That is all the praise I could muster for this novel as the rest remains dull and pitiful once you start looking into the characters and the story that unfolds in the divided heart of Long Island, New York. The fact that none of the characters resonated with my person or my values simply kept me at a distance and led me to look at them through irritable eyes as they drowned in their miserable love affair. The story in itself is a stunning depiction of an era with a dying conception of the American Dream but it never really had me captivated as it quickly raised the curtains on the countless lies in which many bathe in in their daily lives. The sense of falseness and the ignorance of pride within this tale kept me from truly admiring any of these character’s plights, especially that of Jay Gatsby who remains stuck in the past till the end of this romantic drama.
The Great Gatsby is a beloved classic drawing a languishing portrait of the American Dream through an exploration of social classes, love, and honesty.
Co-written and directed by Baz Luhrmann, Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jay Gatsby in this live-action movie adaptation of the classic novel of the same name.