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A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess,The Great Gatsby is arguably Fitzgerald's finest work and certainly the book for which he is best known.


The Great GatsbyToday's recommended read is a guest recommendation and review by Miss Imogen O'Leary. Thank you Imogen for your review! If you would like to submit a guest review post to our Facebook page our drop it in to your local branch.

‘The Great Gatsby’, published in 1925, is a timeless novel written by the critically acclaimed F. Scott Fitzgerald, exploring love, lust, and carelessness of wealth in the roaring 1920’s.

When I initially found this book in the library, I was a bit hesitant to read it as it was written quite a while ago (therefore, the use of language very different to that of modern days would be prevalent) and because the novel beared that disgusting little red ‘heart’ sticker, marking it as a romance novel *ugh*.

But, as I began to read it, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this novel was relatively easy to understand, and the theme of romance was less prevalent then I had originally anticipated.

As I continued reading, I fell in love with Fitzgerald’s unique style of writing; namely, his use of personification and use of descriptive language. I also found his descriptions of the dynamics between the main cast of characters riveting.

I would recommend this novel to anyone aged sixteen and up, provided that they have the time to read this novel slowly enough to properly appreciate it, as I have found that you do need to put quite a lot of thought into what you are reading to fully understand it.

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