The Great Gatsby: is a 1925 novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald that follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion and obsession for the beautiful former debutante Daisy Buchanan. Considered to be Fitzgerald’s magnum opus, The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess, creating a portrait of the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties that has been described as a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream.
The Great Gatsby is on my TBR for Banned Book Week, but honestly I do not know if I will get to it this week… it is the last one on my list. Last night I rented this movie for three reasons… 1) I had not seen it yet. 2) If I can not get to the banned book, I can watch the movie based off the banned book, 3)I needed a good look at the parties… there is a little something up my sleeve I am thinking about.
The movie is powerful. Having never read the book, I was looking up information on the story online while the movie was on. It is an incredible love story, which is normally not my thing but I was caught up in this one.
I found it sad to learn that the original printing of this book the book sold only 20,000 copies. Published in 1925, Author Fitzgerald did in 1940 feeling the book was a failure… sadly, he never knew what it would become…
During WWII the book had new life breathed into it. It became high school curriculum and went on to stage and film adaption.
My take away is that this is a beautiful telling and I personally am anxious to read the book. I recommend you take the time to experience this movie made from a remarkable classic.
So why the banning?
The elements that have been cited for reasons for challenging or banning the book in the past are also essential to Fitzgerald’s Jazz Age setting. (Apparently some feel the 20’s best be forgotten…) Jay Gatsby is a bootlegger, bad boy.