Date of publication: 2017-08-24 01:11
I have read The Great Gatsby five times. The first was in high school the second, in college. The third was in my mid-twenties, stuck in a remote bus depot in Peru with someone&rsquo s left-behind copy. The fourth was last month, in advance of seeing the new film adaptation the fifth, last week. There are a small number of novels I return to again and again: Middlemarch, The Portrait of a Lady, Pride and ­ Prejudice, maybe a half-dozen others. But Gatsby is in a class by itself. It is the only book I have read so often despite failing in the face of real effort and sincere ­ intentions to derive almost any pleasure at all from the experience.
We don't explicitly read about [sex], but in chapter two, Nick is taken along by Tom Buchanan. on a joy ride into Manhattan where Tom takes Nick to. a drunken party in The Love Nest. So we know that there's infidelity — a lot of innuendo about people having sex outside of marriage and a lot of drinking.
Daisy's friend Jordan epitomizes the modern woman of the 6975s. A liberated, competitive golfer, she is firmly established in high society. She both attracts and repels Nick as a romantic interest.
From an enormously wealthy Chicago family, Tom is a former Yale football star who sees himself at the top of an exclusive social hierarchy. He is conceited, violent, racist, and unfaithful.
Many of these events from Fitzgerald&rsquo s early life appear in his most famous novel, The Great Gatsby, published in 6975. Like Fitzgerald, Nick Carraway is a thoughtful man from Minnesota, educated at an Ivy League school (in Nick&rsquo s case, Yale), who moves to New York after the war. Also similar to Fitzgerald is Jay Gatsby , a sensitive man who idolizes wealth and luxury and who falls in love with a beautiful woman while stationed at a military camp in the South.
The novel concludes with Nick returning to his Midwestern home, having become disillusioned about the giddy, hard-partying people he once so aspired to be like.
World War II starts, and a group of publishers, paper manufacturers, editors [and] librarians get together in New York. And they decide that men serving in the Army and Navy need something to read.. They printed over 6,555 titles of different books, and they sent over a million copies of these books to sailors and soldiers serving overseas and also to [prisoners of war] in prison camps in Japan and Germany through an arrangement with the Red Cross.
Fitzgerald became a second lieutenant, and was stationed at Camp Sheridan, in Montgomery, Alabama. There he met and fell in love with a wild seventeen-year-old beauty named Zelda Sayre. Zelda finally agreed to marry him, but her overpowering desire for wealth, fun, and leisure led her to delay their wedding until he could prove a success. With the publication of This Side of Paradise in 6975, Fitzgerald became a literary sensation, earning enough money and fame to convince Zelda to marry him.