Published on May 16, 2013 | by Kate Jackson


The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

88 years after Fitzgerald wrote this lavish piece, it has official ‘classic’ status and the film comes out today. [Flickr: Pearl Xiao Photography]

SET IN the roaring 20s at the peak of the summer, against a backdrop of New York City and the fictitious Egg Islands, The Great Gatsby is a classic that has become an absolute must-read novel.

Gatsby, a man of mystery and money, goes on his quest to obtain his one and true love, Daisy Buchanan, in this crazed and at sometimes, surreal exploration of 20s America.

Promising excitement, betrayal and romance, The Great Gatsby is fiercely gripping, and you will find yourself becoming enthralled with the journey that F. Scott Fitzgerald’s vivid and exciting writing offers you. It is sure to win you over with the first page.

The book is a long time favourite of mine, and with the imminent release of the Baz Luhrman (director of Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet) film, I honestly couldn’t recommend a better summer read. If you’re like me and enjoy reading the book before the watching the cinema version, then this is a perfect time to do so.

So make yourself a Mint Julep with lots of ice, sit back in the sun and let yourself to be drawn into the lavish summer parties and the outlandishness of Gatsby’s mysterious world.


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