When American author F. Scott Fitzgerald penned The Great Gatsby published in 1925, little did he know it would rank number one in the eyes of many critics for the remainder of the century and beyond.
Set largely on Long Island's North Shore in 1922, the novel deals with the prosperity of the Roaring Twenties, Prohibition, bootlegging, shallowness of the wealthy class, greed, and, most of all, the concept of the American Dream.
This book is a must read, even for twenty-first century bookworms seeking new material. It remains amazingly relevant to every period of economic strife or growth encountered in the last hundred years.
The 1920s is an era I truly appreciate. This Lost Generation, aptly named by Gertrude Stein and written about by Ernest Hemingway and company, might hold some of the answers for Americans nearly a hundred years later. Gatsby highlights many of the human emotions we face daily and Fitzgerald demonstrates through his characters those pathways through life that work, and those that fail miserably.
This is the kind of classic novel it pays to read many times. We learn what true happiness is and is not, and confirm the adage, “All that glitters is not gold.”
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