I remember reading The Great Gatsby two years back and having an impact on me for days. The story is brilliant and it is written brilliantly too. I also wrote a review of The Great Gatsby at the time. Fitzgerald creates characters and lays out scenes that are vivid, bright and engaging in this book.
The outstanding opening of the novel:
In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.
“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.
This substantial quote on friendship:
Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.
Description of Daisy:
Her face was sad and lovely with bright things in it, bright eyes and a bright passionate mouth, but there was an excitement in her voice that men who had cared for her found difficult to forget: a singing compulsion, a whispered “Listen,” a promise that she had done gay, exciting things just a while since and that there were gay, exciting things hovering in the next hour.
Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter–tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. And one fine morning– So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.