I've been reading tons lately, so prepare yourself for a barrage of book reviews! In my £30 WHSmith haul, I picked up The Great Gatsby. F. Scott Fitzgerald's most famous work, the book is a gripping story of love, full of hidden meanings and subtle nods to other great literary pieces.
I'm sure we all know the basic story, pretty much everyone and their cat has either read the book or watched the movie adaption. Gatsby loves Daisy, or rather the idea of Daisy which he's engraved into his mind after years of separation. Daisy moved on, and settled into her role as an affluent housewife with a subdued social life. Gatsby can offer her the world and more with his wealth, but he asks too much of her, and she simply cannot admit that she never loved her husband Tom. Then the world comes crashing down around them after Daisy accidentally kills a woman-Tom's lover no less-and Gatsby leaves the world as he entered, with no true friends or substance. Only Nick remains, with a bitter view of the society that raised Gatsby to his pedestal; they've all moved on to the next party.
Personally, my favourite scenes were the decadent parties. I sort of wish I'd read the book first and formed my own picture of the happenings, I couldn't for the life of my imagine it any different to the movie scenes. I suppose it ignites the desires to be a part of that culture, I don't believe anyone could read that chapter and not wish they were in the middle of it. Thoroughly recommend reading this, I know I'll be picking it up again!
“Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!”