Gatsby is the quintessential American novel for me. It defines American lit. The story itself is intriguing. Fitzgerald's writing is stylized and amazing. It's hard to say anything that hasn't already been said before about this book, but it's definitely one of my favorite all time books.
Would read again
I read this book in high school. But I didn't fully enjoy or understand it. Now that I have reread it, it makes a whole lot mo sense. I would recommend reading this book, it is a classic.
The exemplary novel of the Jazz Age, F. Scott Fitzgeralds' third book, The GreatGatsby (1925), stands as the supreme achievement of his career. T. S. Eliot read it three times and saw it as the "first step" American fiction had taken since Henry James; H. L. Mencken praised "the charm and beauty of the writing," as well as Fitzgerald's sharp social sense; and Thomas Wolfe hailed it as Fitzgerald's "best work" thus far. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when, The New York Times remarked, "gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession," it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s that resonates with the power of myth. A novel of lyrical beauty yet brutal realism, of magic, romance, and mysticism, The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.