The Great Gatsby (Scribner, 1925; 214) was read for the 'difficult to read' section of the Top 100 Books challenge. The story is pitiful but interesting. It tells of real human nature and how money attracts friends like flies to honey but troubles dispels them like a repellent.
In this story set in New York, the enigmatic Gatsby has moved into the neighbourhood, possibly to get closer to his childhood lover, Daisy, who is now married. He is now rich and throws several parties in the hope that Daisy, to whom Nick is related through her husband Tom, would pass through. He lives in the same neighbourhood as Nick Carraway and the Buchanans (Daisy and Tom). Tom himself loves fan and cheats on his wife with the wife of an old friend of his. Finally, Gatsby - through Nick - invited Daisy to his plush mansion. Daisy is now in between thoughts; however a series of events would lead to several deaths, including Gatsby. And there, he would be left alone.
The distance between the read and the review was so long, and the time taken up by several activities that only the general story is still in my head. Thus, this review is going to be the shortest ever. What I remember however is that the narrative style created a distance between the narrator, Nick, and the main character, Gatsby. I also saw a lot of human failings and people who acted upon incomplete or inaccurate information. In the end, I found myself pitying Gatsby for the extremes of his love toward Daisy and the childish ways he carried his love. I hated, extremely, the way the Buchanans, especially Daisy, take advantage of everybody and everything. Tom was a coward who couldn't confront and compete in anything; jealous of anyone who got closer to his wife yet was the first to cheat on him.
Another thing I hazily remember was that I enjoyed the story, thoroughly.
* The Authorized Text edition