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The Great Gatsby is a classic novel of the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic love for Daisy Buchanan by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Summary of the Book
Jay Gatsby wants just one thing, the love of Daisy Buchanan. His quest has led him from poverty to untold riches, but he will not find peace until he is reunited with Daisy. Nick Carraway, who was once Jay's neighbour, begins this tale in 1922, when he moved to West Egg, Long Island, to seek his fortune as a bond salesman. He travels to East Egg to meet his cousin Daisy and her husband Tom. Once there he meets a professional golfer named Jordan Baker. The Buchanans and Jordan Baker lead lives of luxury, making Nick's own life seem modest in contrast. He comes across Jay Gatsby suddenly as Gatsby stands in the dark, with his arms stretched out towards the water of the Sound. Nick discovers that Tom has a mistress, and Tom takes him to meet her. Later, he is invited to Gatsby's weekly party, and meets Jordan Baker again, and Gatsby himself. Nick grows close to Gatsby, and Nick begins dating Jordan, despite his conviction that she's dishonest. Soon he learns of Gatsby's affections for Daisy, and how he met her when he was in the army, but could not be together with her for lack of money. All of Gatsby's wealth was a direct result of his quest to be able to take care of Daisy and be worthy of her hand. What ensues is a fiery passion which could end everything Gatsby has built, and possibly his life if left unchecked.
About F. Scott Fitzgerald
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American writer best remembered for his short stories and novels. He coined the term the Jazz Age and is considered one of the most important writers of the 20th century. He has also written: This Side of Paradise, The Love of the Last Tycoon, The Beautiful and Damned, and Tender Is The Night.
The Great Gatsby was adapted into several hit films, the most recent of which released in 2013, by Baz Luhrmann - starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, and Joel Edgerton.