The Great Gatsby
The novel opens in West Egg, Long Island, where Nick, the narrator, has rented a house next to the mansion of Gatsby, the mysterious host of regular, extravagant parties. All this was for Daisy. Gatsby and Daisy had loved each other five years ago, but he was penniless. Gatsby was then sent overseas by the army. Daisy had given up waiting for him and married Tom. After the War, Gatsby decided to win Daisy back by buying a house in West Egg and throwing lavish parties in the hopes that she would attend. But Daisy was not the Daisy she used to be. One day, Daisy ran over Tom's mistress and killed her. In order to protect Daisy, Gatsby had taken responsibility for the accident. But Daisy and Tom had schemed to make the mistress’ husband think that it was Gatsby who killed his wife. At last Gatsby became the victim of their conspiracy. Nick struggles to arrange Gatsby's funeral, finding that while Gatsby was well connected in life, very few people are willing to attend his funeral.
The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.
On week-ends his Rolls-Royce became an omnibus, bearing parties to and from the city, between nine in the morning and long past midnight, while his station wagon scampered like a brisk yellow bug to meet all trains.
...the first step that American fiction has taken since Henry James, because Fitzgerald depicted the extolled grandest and most boisterous, reckless and merry-making scene. —T．S．Eliot
...his finest novel, sensitive and symbolic treatment of themes of contemporary life related with irony and pathos to the legendry of the American dream. —The Oxford Companion to American Literature