AUTHOR – F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
PUBLISHED IN- 1925
Could there be any other way to begin a new year than reading a fine book? I say, nope. Okay, I loved the book! I had been putting off this for whatever reason and it was worth the wait.
Jay Gatsby, the male protagonist was in love with Daisy whom he met while he was in the army for war. He comes back five years later after having acquired lots of money from not-so-respectable means. But he finds Daisy had married Tom, a rich ‘polo player’. Therein begins his quest to get back Daisy. At the same time, Tom was having an affair with Myrtle, whom he said that he truly loved. Myrtle again was married to a simple minded garage worker, Will. Daisy was aware of her husband’s betrayal and was terribly upset in the marriage. It was all chaos!
Nick, the narrator of the book helps to carry forward the mess that it was. He was Daisy’s second cousin and he happened to become Gatsby’s neighbour. Gatsby used to host several lavish parties in the hope that someday Daisy might attend it. When Nick arrived, he saw that as an opportunity to get close to Daisy. And that happens gradually. Daisy plans to leave Tom and go with Gatsby. Admist all this, Will discovers that Myrtle plans to leave him for another man and becomes horrified and shuts her in the house. On one such night, Myrtle runs out of the house and is hit by a car which was driven by Daisy. Gatsby, who sat on the passenger side, readily jumps to take the blame. One thing leads to next and soon enough, Will shoots Gatsby dead. When Nick arranges a funeral for him, none of his friends attend.
There was this one part in the book when Nick sees Gatsby that I adored. It was night time and Nick sees Gatsby looking at the night sky and notices that he keeps on gazing at a green light coming from far off. That green light belonged to Daisy’s. I don’t know why but I find this part very emotional and sad and extremely vulnerable. It is probably the most favourite part of the book for me.
I enjoyed Fitzgerald’s style of writing and I look forward to reading some of his other works. In fact, I say that this book is one of those books that deserve to be read aloud to people. It has such poetic muse with it’s narration that it briefly touches the strings of a man’s emotions.
Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.
And the most beloved quote:
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.