A Reader posted a review at 2009-05-15 03:25:36.
Jay Gatsby (aka James Gatz) has everything in life, money, power, possessions, but the one thing he does not and cannot possess are friends or love, thus is the sad story of the Great Gatsby. The events are narrated by Nick Carraway, a struggling Bond salesman in post WW1 New York and ends up moving next door to the Great Gatsby, and eventually befriends his well to do neighbour. It is from him that we learn of the true Gatsby and the terrible event that is Gatsby's eventual downfall.
This novel has been widely claimed as the "supreme American Novel" a justifiable claim. The brilliance of Fitzgerald prose gives a voice to the disillusionment of post war America, illustrates a society failing morally and obsessed with wealth and status. This novel does more than this in chronicalling Gatsby's pursuit of his dream the author brings to the fore the conflict between illusion and reality.
In the version I read (published by Penguin Modern Classics) there is a fairly tiresome 60 page introduction by Tony Tanner that serves only to spoil the story and bored me rigid. I strongly recommend that you skip the introduction and get straight to something worth reading.BRILLIANT!