by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Originally published 1925
I just finished my sixth (seventh?) reading of this American classic. It is, in my view, Fitzgerald’s masterpiece. It is rare that an author is able to say so much in such a short work. His themes derive from the Roaring ’20s. but they are universal, and just as relevant today. The characters are deeply nuanced: Gatsby most of all, Tom and Daisy Buchanan, Jordan Baker. Nick Carraway, the narrator of the story, is the humble but not impartial observer. Fitzgerald’s style is crisp, articulate, and brilliant; there is unsurpassed power and impact in his choice of words and phrases.
As an author myself, I find that, although I might aspire to write as eloquently as Fitzgerald in The Great Gatsby, I’m afraid I will never come close. Some of my favorite authors have written one great novel that stands head and shoulders above all their other work. Fitzgerald is one of those authors, and The Great Gatsby is his standout work.