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Thursday, January 29, 2015

F Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby"

The truth about making money from home

"The Great Gatsby" is one of the few books in the history of American literature that has truly been considered to be a "great American novel." But what you may not know, if you have never read "The Great Gatsby" or have not read it recently, is the fact that this book is as relevent today as it was back in the 1920s.

If you have been looking for a good classic to read, or if you want a good classic to suggest to your teenager, consider picking up F Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece.

"The Great Gatsby" is nearly as important for the timing of its publication as it is for the story within the book itself. This book was first published in the mid-1920s, which put it right in the middle of the Post-WWI euphoria, as well as right in the middle of Prohibition and the Roaring 20s. It seemed like war was over during this time; money seemed endless; it felt like a glorious period in American history. This was also probably America's most romantic period, and "The Great Gatsby" managed to capture this romanticism more fully than any other piece of literature that was written during that time.

This story is set in the New York City high-life society of the 1920s, and it is told by Nick Carraway - who was an outsider in this society. Despite his lack of funds, Carraway - who has just moved from the Midwest - ends up living in a small house on the property of Jay Gatsby. All over New York City, Gatsby is known for the lavish parties he throws at his mansion on weekends - as people see him as an obscenely wealthy eccentric. But through all this, no one really knows much about Gatsby; they do not know how he came across his money, and they certainly have no clue why he throws these lavish parties. That is, no one knows these things until Gatsby befriends Nick Carraway, and his whole story is unveiled to Carraway and to the reader as well.

"The Great Gatsby" is one of those rare blends of serious literature and "can't put it down" reading. If you love reading - or if you want to start loving reading - "The Great Gatsby" is a perfect book to pick up.

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