Like so many others, I loved the Great Gatsby when I read it… all the way back in high school. A story narrated by Midwesterner turned New York salesman Nick Carraway (narrated by Oscar-nominated Jake Gyllenhaal). It is story of materialism during the Roaring Twenties.
Set amidst the hyper-privileged elite of Long Island, Fitzgerald’s novel follows the titular Gatsby. Let’s turn to the publisher for a quick summary:
After meeting and losing Daisy during the war, Gatsby has made himself fabulously wealthy. Now, he believes that his only way to true happiness is to find his way back into Daisy’s life, and he uses Nick to try to reach her. What happens when the characters’ fantasies are confronted with reality makes for a startling conclusion to this iconic masterpiece.
Gyllenhaal does a great job remaining true to Fitzgerald’s simple yet elegant prose. Have a listen before the movie comes out!