Happy 90th Anniversary to The Great Gatsby

 

BOOKS1Gatsby is, and will always be, my favorite classic. Actually, The Great Gatsby is probably my favorite book of all time. Today, along with Simon & Schuster, we celebrate it’s 90th anniversary.

So what exactly makes Gatsby so great? Here are The Top 3 reasons Jay, Daisy, and Nick Carraway capture generation after generation:

1. We can all identify with an impossible dream

As a reader, we can empathize with Gatsby. Many of us, cynical in nature, see that Daisy and Gatsby are an impossible pair under the novel’s corrupt circumstances, and our hearts ache for him. But we do not feel his pain only, because most of us have known the futility of pursuing an impossible dream.

2. We all share a disdain for Tom Buchanan

Readers like to bond over characters. Whether we love them or hate them, we just want a character that we can either loathe or support equally. Fitzgerald did a remarkable job in creating a book with truly unlikable characters, and Tom Buchanan takes the cake. I’ve not met anyone that could find a likable characteristic in the guy.

3. We love that Fitzgerald boldly challenged the American Dream

The Great Gatsby was one of the first great works that challenged what the “American Dream” stood for. Fitzgerald exposed the superficiality and scandal that the “good life” actually was. He didn’t stand down when challenged, and he brought light to an uglier side of reality. We like your style Fitzgerald.

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Here are 3 fantastic quotes from The Great Gatsby

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.”

“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”

 

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