Book Review | The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Updated: Jul 28, 2020

Birth: September 24, 1896, Minnesota, USA

Death: December 21, 1940, Los Angeles, USA

The Great Gatsby - 1925

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was born in Minnesota, USA in 1896. He was the child of an aristocratic father and an Irish mother. He entered Princeton University in 1913. In 1917, he stopped his education to participate in the First World War.

With his life pursuing big dreams and seeing the collapse of these dreams, Fitzgerald succeeded in creating a universal theme from the drama of the young people called the "lost generation". Fitzgerald died in Hollywood at the age of forty-four in 1940. But he left books to be read around the world, such as "The Great Gatsby", "Tender Is the Night", "The Beautiful and Damned", "This Side of Paradise", "The Crack-Up"...

I would like to share with you today; The Great Gatsby by Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald.

The Great Gatsby is the story of the emptiness of the American Dream. Set in and around New York City in the 1920s, Gatsby explores the lives of the rich as they pursue fulfillment in an era of booming stock markets, prohibition, bustling crime bosses, and jazz. This book is one of the most read and talked about american classic, many people's all time favorite. This is also included in Time Magazine's top 100 all time list. And people feel proud while starting the book that they are becoming part of an elite group because they are reading this book.

I wanted to try my luck because I hadn't read Scott Fitzgerald before and finally I read the famous story of Mr. Gatsby but unfortunately I just didn't like the book. Most of the story revolves around "The Great" Gatsby's infatuation or love or obsession with Daisy (his old love). What he did to get her back and if he was successful in this mission or not. I felt the charactes were flat and the narrator was very boring. It took me more than one fourth of the book to finally meet Mr. Gatsby and I wasn't impressed to know him. So much was said about him and his parties which were open to everyone (though many guests were unaware who Mr. Gatsby was). Wording was good but only in places which irritated me. Though I must say penultimate chapters were good but they came too late to effect me. Maybe I didn't like the book because of its bad and mixed Turkish translation. If I find time in the coming years, I will definitely read the English version, maybe then I will find what I am looking for in the book and I will understand why it is so popular.

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” /F. Scott Fitzgerald
“You see I usually find myself among strangers because I drift here and there trying to forget the sad things that happened to me.” /F. Scott Fitzgerald
“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since. "Whenever you feel like criticizing any one," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had.” /F. Scott Fitzgerald
“I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.” /F. Scott Fitzgerald
“I wasn't actually in love, but I felt a sort of tender curiosity.” /F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” /F. Scott Fitzgerald“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”

“Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone… just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” /F. Scott Fitzgerald
“I hope she'll be a fool -- that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” /F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Angry, and half in love with her, and tremendously sorry, I turned away.” /F. Scott Fitzgerald
“And I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy.” /F. Scott Fitzgerald
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” /F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.” /F. Scott Fitzgerald

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