Summary

„The Great Gatsby" by F Scott Fitzgerald tells the story of a mysterious but exceptionally rich man called Jay Gatsby. Set in 1922, the novel is narrated by Nick Carraway, a young man who has come to seek his fortune in New York and lives next door to Gatsby. Nick knows nothing about his neighbor except that he throws extravagant parties every week.

They live in the fictional West Egg, a place which is considered unfashionable because it is populated by people with new money. Nick, however, is highly educated and has social connections with the more fashionable East Egg, where people with older wealthy families live, including his cousin Daisy Buchanan and her husband, Tom.

Nick is invited over for dinner at the Buchanans’, where they introduce him to Jordan Baker, a beautiful and very modern young woman with whom Nick soon starts a romantic relationship. Nick discovers from Jordan that the Buchanans’ marriage isn’t the happiest one and that Tom is having an affair with a married woman called Myrtle. She lives at the gas station in “the valley of ashes” (p. 26), an unpleasant wasteland between East Egg and New York City that is constantly watched over by the eyes of Dr. T. J. ...

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