We all know the name of Jay Gatsby, and presumably, everybody has seen at least one of the movie adaptations of the book, but how many have actually read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel? I must admit I haven’t. I own a copy since like forever, but every time I went to the bookshelf I always passed it because it is a short book and I already knew the ending.
I don’t know how others sense when thinking about the 20’s, but I find it a charming decade regardless the country and the culture, but especially for the US. I love the fancy clothes and hairstyles from that period. The thing I find even more fascinating than the fashion from back then are the crazy parties that people attended to, ignoring the prohibition as if it didn’t exist. I’ve reseen an episode from “Boardwalk Empire” the night before, and because of it I wanted to stay in that period, so yesterday I decided it is time for me to finally read “The Great Gatsby“.
I won’t talk about the characters and the book’s action because most probably everybody knows about them. I will tell you how the book made me feel: it just made me sad. F. Scott Fitzgerald details in his little novel everything so well. He doesn’t need 500 pages or more to do it. He wrote in 200 pages (this is long the copy of my book was) a whole novel without forgetting to describe in a very accurate manner a person or a place. He made me become one of character’s attending to the parties, he made me feel Mr. Gatsby’s ambitions and hurt, made me hate Daisy, and he made me cry in the end.
P.S. 1. It is funny how the richer and famous you are, the fewer people you have at your side in the end when you die.
P.S. 2. Don’t wait so long as I did to read the book.