Book 13 — The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterful tale set in the Roaring Twenties. It was a time in between the moral restraints of the Victorian age and the economic restraints of the Depression, and Fitzgerald’s prose captures it magnificently. It is narrated by Nick Carraway, who watches the wild parties taking place at the mansion of self-made millionaire Jay Gatsby. No one seems to know anything about him, but there is plenty of speculation and intrigue. Although many people gladly partake of his hospitality, we find out that his popularity is very superficial. Amid the parties and opulence, we see great loneliness. Eventually it becomes evident that throwing off all restraints can lead to sorrow and tragedy.

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