The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald
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The Great Gatsby is a novel by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. The story takes place in 1922, during the Roaring Twenties, a time of prosperity in the United States after World War I. The book received critical acclaim and is generally considered Fitzgerald's best work. It is also widely regarded as a "Great American Novel" and a literary classic, capturing the essence of an era. The Modern Library named it the second best English language novel of the 20th century.
The novel takes place in the summer of 1922 and is narrated by Nicholas "Nick" Carraway, a Yale graduate and World War I veteran who takes a job in New York. He rents a small house on Long Island, next door to the mansion of Jay Gatsby, a mysterious millionaire who holds extravagant parties.
Across the bay lives Nick's attractive second cousin Daisy with her rich husband Tom Buchanan, who was at Yale with Nick. They ask him to lunch, where he meets a girl called Jordan Baker, but the atmosphere is spoiled when Tom answers a telephone call from his mistress, Myrtle.
Myrtle is the unhappy wife of George Wilson, who owns an unsuccessful garage in the Valley of Ashes on the outskirts of the city. Tom takes Nick to the flat in New York where he meets Myrtle and holds parties, but Tom again ruins the occasion, this time by hitting Myrtle and breaking her nose following a fight surrounding whether Myrtle should be allowed to say Daisy's name.
Nick gets an invitation to one of Gatsby's huge parties, which he attends with Jordan. Most guests seem to be uninvited and do not know their host, who keeps aloof. However, Gatsby befriends Nick, taking him to lunch in New York with a business associate, a notorious gangster called Meyer Wolfsheim. Gatsby then asks Nick, through Jordan, to arrange a meeting with Daisy. In 1917, though from a modest family and penniless, he had hoped to marry her but was sent to Europe to fight, briefly studying at Trinity College, Oxford after World War I. Now he is rich, has bought a house near her and throws enormous parties in the hope she will attend.