Set in New York City in the early 1920s, this is a classic of twentieth century American literature. Nick Carraway, a well-to-do young man who rents a house on Long Island (in West Egg village), narrates the story of the mysterious Jay Gatsby and his relationship with Daisy Buchanan and her husband Tom. It is also a story about the growing sophistication of life in the early twentieth century, with it undercurrents of growing convenience (embodied in the motor car) and growing cities (New York).
The bright young things in their new-fangled clothes with their brittle witticisms provide the sparkle, but it is the dashes of tragedy that make this novel memorable and great. If you have never read this novel before and would like to get a sense of life in the twenties when so many things seemed to open up for so many people, this is the perfect novel for you.
–Cynthia Haggard writes short stories, novels and poetry. During the day, she is a medical writer and owns her own business. For more on her creative writing, go to spunstories. For more about her medical writing services, go to clarifyingconcepts. (c) 2008. All rights reserved.