A Reader posted a review at 2007-12-10 02:21:13.
***SPOILER ALERT***This is one of the novels I think of as American classics along with "Catcher in the Rye", "On the Road", and "Huck Finn". It tells us the story of a self made man who throws great parties at his mansion on Long Island soul with the sole purpose of attracting the woman he loved and lost before he went off to serve in the War. She has married another man and also lives on Long Island sound - a fact known to Gatsby and the reason he lives there. He finally makes contract again with the woman via the narrator who is his neighbour and her cousin. The times recounted in novel tell of a great deal of wildness - the parties at Gatsby's house are massive with stage stars and entertainers but none of them are really his friend. The people portrayed are the rich and they seem very careless just as the narrator accuses his tennis playing girlfriend of being. Gatsby is a very mysterious character which adds to the allure some people think he is German, others think he killed someone - as mentioned non of them really know him and many attendees haven't actually met him. In the end Gatsby kills himself after he runs over a woman with his car and he realizes he will never be with the woman he loves. She and her husband retreat to their lives of wealth.