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The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald (A Book Review by Aneesh J R)

Updated: Sep 6, 2020


I am only a rare reader of Novels, and this fact, my blog will also second me as the preponderance of book reviews I did is for books other than novels and stories. The thing that made me acquire this book was the inscription on the front page, "One of the greatest American Novels of the 20th Century."

On finishing the book, I understood why it is considered so, I felt like reading a book of my regional language as each page has given me the curiosity to read the next page. The book tells the story of Gatsby, who is a person who retained the originality during the tenure of changes. As more and more people lose themselves to the lure of money, ironically, the only person who remains unaffected is Jay Gatsby, the enigmatic host of the most extravagant parties.

In this definitive tale on American Culture, Fitzgerald pits a chaste dream against the corrupting influences of wealth and comes up with an epic story that can only be defined as 'a Great American Novel'. I got a feeling that the novel was ending with a message 'chasing an unworthy dream will lead to tragedy'.



Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American fiction writer, whose works helped to illustrate the flamboyance and excess of the Jazz Age. While he achieved popular success, fame, and fortune in his lifetime, he did not receive much critical acclaim until after his death. Perhaps the most notable member of the "Lost Generation" of the 1920s, Fitzgerald is now widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. He finished four novels: This Side of ParadiseThe Beautiful and DamnedThe Great Gatsby, and Tender Is the Night. A fifth, unfinished novel, The Last Tycoon, was published posthumously. Four collections of his short stories were published, as well as 164 short stories in magazines during his lifetime. 

RECOMMENDATION: I recommend this book to those who are hardcore English Novel lovers. I will not suggest this book for a beginner as this book is of the traditional style which will not entertain the new generation readers in a big way.But as I told for Novel lovers this book is a must -read to know more about the traditional american culture and the literature. The book contains 200 pages, and the price is $ 4.99


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