The Great Gatsby is one of many books on my reading list before I will start to write the book in March – with my E’s and F’s on my English exams in high school it would be quite a stupid idea. That’s the reason why, my European fellows, you will be introduced to American Classic literature by someone who has no idea about it as much as you do.

Lorena gave me a couple of books she read in school for Christmas, and one of them was…

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The Great Gatsby

By Scott F. Fitzgerald

The story is narrated in first-person by a man named Nick Carraway. He is in his late twenties and comes from a West coast middle class family (I always imagined him, for some reason, as a teenager from a working class coal mine family).

He wants to stay a year on the East coast, rents a run-down minimalistic house at the seaside north of New York City and takes low-paid job opportunities. His shelter is located between two large mansions, one of which a mysterious man named Mr. Gatsby lives in. He gradually gets to know this rich young man who claims to have inherited most of his fortune from his family. Gatsby happens to know the second cousin of Nick, a beautiful girl named Daisy, who is the only reason Gatsby lives in this area.
During the book we find ourselves caught in numerous love affairs which involve a lot of adultery.

Our protagonist is acting like a bystander and observer throughout the whole book, his role in the story is more the one of an ambassador and facilitator. I am not very fond of the story, for me it’s one of those oldschool hookup-dramas where everybody has something with everybody and inevitably something goes wrong.

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What makes this book unique is its writing style. Fitzgerald has an enormous vocabulary with splendid, innumerable ways of using it. His expressions and phrases to describe social situations are to a big part completely made up, but with such a wit that I was convinced and really entertained by it. The book is a pretty quick read and definitely never gets boring. F. Scottie’s balance of description, dialogue and action is solid like thousand Coca Cola cans munched into a dense aluminum cube by a shredder.

If you plan to supersize your vocabulary or want to find more eloquent ways to tell someone that he is a moron – then go and get that book!

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