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The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Book Summary

“One of the best novels to have come out of America”

That’s what you read on the very first page of The Great Gatsby. I agree with Anthony Powell of Telegraph and I’m sure you’ll too when you read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The novel written is no doubt very expressive and high in imagination. You can’t help but start seeing the story in the space as if you’re not reading anymore but witnessing the story yourself. I think that’s the magic of The Great Gatsby not just of the novel but the character as well 😍


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I’ve read around and heard from a few people that they find Gatsby difficult to understand. I think that’s because even the smallest things are described with a deep imagination and great details and you’ll find this throughout the novel. The way Fitzgerald had described Jordan Baker’s first (subtle) reaction when she and Nick Carraway (the narrator of the story) meet to the ticket master on the train station and even eyes of Dr T J Eckleburg 👀 (which are mentioned often in the story) are simply tremendous.

The author’s imagination and the narrator’s habit (or maybe a personality threat) of keen observation force you to imagine the same things as well. Although it might be difficult at a time, that’s the way of the author to show (and not tell) the story.

Oh well, I forgot to ask you first did you know the story of James Gatz or Jay Gatsby as we remember him? If not I’ll summarize it for you here. Before that let me tell you though Jay Gatsby is one of the center characters of the novel (the high-class American society obsessed with status and wealth being the other) we see the story from Nick Carraway’s eyes who’s just moved to West Egg village and is Jay Gatsby’s neighbor.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Book Summary

The story starts with Nick Carraway a bond-trader at Wall Street moves into a small house in West Egg. Since his first day in West Egg, he has been witnessing the flood of the crowd in classy dresses visit his neighbor’s house to party every week. Later at night, Nick sees his neighbor Mr Gatsby standing at the dock nearby his house and extends his hand to touch the green light coming from the big mansion recited on East Egg across The Long Sound.

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Nick Carraway and Upstate Life of High-class Society

Nick Carraway visits his second cousin Daisy and her husband Tom Buchanan a famous polo player at their home or a lavish mansion in East Egg where he meets Jorden Baker a sportswoman and Daisy’s friend. The way the author has described or Nick sees everything about Daisy is truly impressional.

Her charming laugh, her first reaction when her eyes landed on Nick as if she wouldn’t want anyone to meet in the world, anyone other than Nick. Her voice was the rare musical notes that the ears will want to follow to grasp everything in a fear that the notes will never repeat again. Her beautiful face, her innocent eyes that will make you believe of her pure and lovely soul. This would make anyone fall in love with Daisy.

However, Tom Buchanan had a different opinion at the time as he was sighted with another woman so many times. During the dinner, Miss Baker told Nick that Tom has found a mistress and the poor Daisy’s reaction when Tom received a call from a certain woman during their dinner told Nick that she knew about the affair too.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Book Summary - Travel N Book Blog
Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway in the movie The Great Gatsby

Nick travels with Tom in his car to New York on Tom’s not so humble request ‘I want you to meet my girl.’ And that’s when we first read about Dr T J Eckleburg’s giant eyes during their journey to George Wilson‘s garage. George is a mechanic working hard in his small garage and always trying to please his wife who is only happier with money. Poor George is clueless and doesn’t know that his wife Myrtle frequently visits Tom Buchanan and not her sister Catherine as she keeps saying.

That night in town at Tom’s small apartment full with big furniture, fake people and a month old puppy Nick saw and experienced the substantial difference of the people constantly arguing over something in the apartment and the lives walking on the streets in dark night and wondering about the secrets behind the yellow windows.

According to Nick, this vast variety of life both repelled and enchanted him. He also learned that night that George was desperate to do business with tom Buchanan so he could get some money and make his wife happy. On the other hand, Myrtle was ready to leave her husband who now wasn’t fit to lick her shoe!

‘I’m Gatsby’: Nick Finally Meets his Mysterious Neighbour

A few days after Nick’s moved in, he receives an invitation to the party by none other than Mr Gatsby and he went to attend one of Mr Gatsby‘s famous Friday summer parties where the gardens were filled with men and girls, the champagne and the stars.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: Book Summary - Travel N Book Blog

During the party, Nick learns that very few of the guests were actually invited by Mr Gatsby and he was one of them. Others came on their own just to dance, enjoy, and party. The party and the guests both mesmerized Nick as for one no one knew why Mr Gatsby throws such big parties every Friday and second no one knew a thing about Gatsby but everyone talked like they knew him for years.

To Nick’s relief, he found a familiar face in a sea of weird strangers: Jordan Baker who along with some other people gave him a company and did not hesitate to enlighten Nick about his new and mysterious neighbor Jay Gatsby feeding him with rumors like, he killed a man once. No no, he’s not that bad according to one of the guests, Gatsby was a German spy during the war.”

“You look at him sometimes when he thinks nobody’s looking at him. I bet he killed a man.”

This thrilled Nick way too much and the thought never left his mind until he met Mr Gatsby himself. Yes, he did meet Jay Gatsby at the party as Gatsby briefly recognized him from one of the divisions during the war. However, Nick didn’t and asked the man about the host of the party. And Gatsby in his very famous style replied,

“I’m Gatsby. I thought you knew, old sport. I’m afraid I’m not a very good host.”

Jay Gatsby and Daisy Finally Reunite after 5 Years

Nick Carraway spends more time with Gatsby attending his yet another summer party and going out on lunch with him. During the time, Gatsby himself tells him about his family and where all his wealth came from. Although Nick has a hard time believing him. And to add to his confusion and annoyance, Jordan Baker informs him more about Gatsby. She remembers him as a soldier wandering around New York City with Daisy in her white car. Nick as Jordan told him learns that Gatsby and Daisy were in love with each other once or so it seemed. And that was the reason Nick thought Gatsby bought a house right across the bay so he could be close to Daisy.

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Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby

Upon Gatsby’s request through Jordan Nick invites Daisy over a tea one afternoon. And the emotions and the nervous state of Gatsby was enough to convince readers how much he still wanted to be with Daisy.

On their first meet, Gatsby takes Daisy to his house to show her around. And she, of course, is ecstatic watching the spacious rooms, precious art and artifacts. She even cries in ecstasy claiming she never saw such beautiful shirts when Jay Gatsby throws his linen shirts one by one at her.

Later Daisy and Jay Gatsby start meeting almost every afternoon, which leaves Nick a bit on the side and also makes Tom Buchanan nervous about Daisy’s little rendezvous. The situation becomes tense when Daisy and Gatsby decide something, which Nick has no idea about. He gets a bad feeling when he and Gatsby visit Daisy and Tom Buchanan one afternoon where Daisy kisses Gatsby on lips and says that she loves him still after Tom leaves the room. Everyone decides to go to town aka New York City.

During their stay in town, Gatsby and Tom have an argument when Gatsby informs that Daisy wants to leave him and she never loved Tom but she’s been in love with Gatsby for the past five years. Daisy being asked cries and claims that she did love Gatsby but she loved tom too. Tom hurt and angry by the circumstances reveal that Gatsby gained all his wealth by doing illegal business with Mr Wolfeishm like drug dealing and he didn’t go to Oxford as he claims to be.


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The Great Gatsby: Reality Kills the Illusion

During the trip back from town a woman is hit by Gatsby’s car and die right on the spot in an accident, a woman none other than Myrtle Wilson Tom Buchanan’s mistress. The eye witness later confirms that it was a yellow car and Tom recognizes it to be Gatsby’s car.

His hate towards Gatsby increases even more and he upon threatened by George Wilson Myrtle’s husband informs that Gatsby killed Myrtle not knowing the truth that Daisy was, in fact, driving the car and not Jay Gatsby. And take his wife’s revenge Wilson shoot Gatsby right at his heart at his house and later shoot himself too.

After hearing the dreadful news Nick is heartbroken and devastated at Daisy and Tom. He gets furious at Tom for feeding lies to George Wilson and at Daisy for hiding the truth. What broke Nick’s heart (and mine too) was nobody comes to Gatsby’s funeral, not one guest from his so many parties, neither any of his friends or business acquaintances including Mayer Wolfieshm who claimed that he made Gatsby.

Not even the girl who confessed in front of her husband that she loved Gatsby, a girl for and because of whom Gatsby was lying under the ground forever.

None came but Nick Carraway, an owl-eyed man who Nick once met at one of Gatsby’s parties, and Henry Gatz, Jay Gatsby or James Gatz‘s father whom a 17-year-old boy abandoned once and left his family and his name behind to make his chase his dreams, to make his identity and to end the distance between illusion and reality.

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The Great Gatsby: Is Nick Carraway a Reliable Narrator?

So that was a book summary (or more than a summary) of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Though no doubt The Great Gatsby is taken as a tragic love story, it shows the post-war American society built simply on wealth and status and had a serious lack of morals.

Also, I would like to comment here that Nick Carraway seems to be an unreliable narrator as he is a little biased towards Gatsby without knowing anything about him or his past. We also see the story moving forward through Nick’s experiences and his opinions about the situations and people he’s been with.

Biased or not I really love The Great Gatsby and I can’t get it out of my head even after days of finishing the story and that’s why I decided to take it out here😉

So how did you like the blog post? Have you read The Great Gatsby or seen the movie?

Do you like to read and talk about the books you love (just like me 😇)? I would like to know.

Please share your thoughts in the comment section below. Until the next blog post, have a nice week ahead!

Best 30 Rock Songs of all Times: Highlights of The Rock Era - A Millennial Woman
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Best 30 Rock Songs of all Times: Highlights of The Rock Era

We Will Rock You by Queen

Remember this song? Rock music lovers and fans of the legendary Queen will recognize the song even in their dream. That’s how We Will Rock You came to this world from the dream of Brian May the guitarist of Queen Rock Band. He wanted the audience to participate and sing along the song. And that’s how the band decided to open the song with clapping and stomping.

We Will Rock You was released in 1977 as the seventh single of Queen’s album News of the World. It’s been more than 30 years since the song released and we’ re still participating and rocking to the beats!

From the legends of the rock era The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Queen to the recent rock bands Linkin Park and Coldplay everyone has contributed to the world of rock music and are entertaining us with their rocking creations till date.

Of course, how can I forget the solo rock artists Elvis Presley – the king of Rock and Roll as we remember him, Bryan Adams who’s Summer of ’69 is popular in summer of 2019 as well😉.

Also, a member of a famous boy band Harry Styles who is trying to break free his image and move on from pop music to rock culture. Not only his music but his flamboyance on the stage and his recent experiments in styles hint the same.

Being a fan of rock music I was curious and intrigued to know bit more about the rock music genre beyond the famous rock bands, solo artists and the popular rock songs. So let’s go back on a historical tour of the rock era before I continue sharing some facts about my favorite rock bands and singers and share the best 30 rock songs playlist with you.

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Best Rock Songs so far – From the Legendary Queen to New-age Harry Styles rock music

Brief History of Rock Era

Rock music genre, which at first was known as ‘rock and roll’ originated in the US in the early 1950s and the form became popular throughout the world. The rock and roll music was actually inspired by the music genres rhythm and blues, blues and country music (another one of my favorites).

Of course, there’s a debate on which was the first ever rock song recorded but Bill Haley’s Rock Around the Clock in 1955 made its entry on Billboard magazine’s top sales chart. That was the start of a new music form, which became a popular music culture worldwide.

Famous Rock Bands

The Beatles

Five years after the first rock and roll song making its debut on Billboard chart, a British rock band came in the limelight who we know as The Beatles.

During their 10 years of active band career (1960 – 1970), The Beatles created some amazing music and rock songs that people still love to hear till date. Their while my guitar gently weeps is one of the heart touching songs I’ve heard. I even found a video of The Beatles performing on the rooftop a sight we’will never be able to see live!

Beatles performing Back in the U S S R live on rooftop

Queen

In 1970 another British rock band followed the footsteps and Queen came into play. Queen is by far one of my most favorite rock bands. Their music as well as Freddie Mercury’s flamboyance on the stage was and still is truly remarkable.

Bohemian Rhapsody a single from their album A Night at the Opera released in 1975 brought them the international success what Queen truly deserved. The song became so popular that the movie was released by the same name in 2018 to celebrate Queen’s musical career.

Pink Floyd, Guns N’ Roses & Other Rock Bands

As the years passed more British rock artists came to fame including Pink Floyd (1965)and The Rolling Stones (1962) one of the living rock legends and inspiration to the most.

While rock music was becoming overtly popular in the UK, the artists from the US (the origin of rock and roll) were starting to show their musical talent. American rock bands like Guns N’ Roses (1985), Metallica (1986), and Nirvana (1987) became renown and are overtly popular till date.

Linkin Park

I can’t go further without mentioning one of my favorites Linkin Park. The band was formed in California, US in 1996 (the year my little brother was born). Their music brought a new change to the classic rock and roll world.

No doubt MTV2 named Linkin Park as the third-best music band of the new age rock. Linkin Park created songs like Numb that really appealed to the youth and even people who didn’t like rock much became fans of Linkin Park (like my brother)!

Numb by Linkin Park

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Solo Rock Legends & Artists

Elvis Presley

While we’re talking about the rock bands let’s not forget the solo artists who greatly contributed to the rock music. The first and foremost name comes to my mind is Elvis Presley, an American singer and actor who we also remember as the ‘King of rock and roll’.

Not only his deep voice but his confidence and performance on stage are remarkable. As I’m writing this I feel really grateful to people who recorded all the great performances of the music legends and to Youtube because of which we can enjoy the greatest performances, content and glory of our past.

Bryan Adams

Remember Summer of ’69? I’m not going to lie but I have heard this song most of my life! And that’s how I came to know about Bryan Adams a Canadian singer and songwriter also a photographer, guitarist, activist and philanthropist. God, how does he find time to do so many things and make songs like Summer of ’69?!

Summer Of ’69 by Bryan Adams

Harry Styles: A savior of rock music?

Last but not least on my list! Harry Styles, one of the member of One Direction – one of the most popular boy band in the world. I know Harry Styles is not a rock singer but I had to add his single Sign of the Times from his debut self-titled album as it’s one of my favorites.

Also, who can ignore the singer from the band praised by Mick Jagger himself? And I also agree with the talk going around the internet that Harry Styles might be a savior of rock music.

That’s about some of the popular and my favorite rock bands and solo artists. Liked this post? Share your thoughts in the comment section. Let’s see if we share the same taste in rock music!

30 Best Rock Songs: Highlights of the Rock Era

Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen