Library Staff Review
F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic, The Great Gatsby, tells the tragic tale of Jay Gatsby as seen through the eyes of transplanted Midwesterner, Nick Carraway. Nick moves to New Egg (read this to be Long Island) during the time of flappers and Prohibition. He is fascinated by Jay Gatsby, his well-to-do neighbor with a mysterious past. Nick receives an invitation to attend a party at Gatsby's elaborate estate and eventually meets the elusive Gatsby. Nick gets pulled into the relationship of Gatsby with Nick's cousin, the lovely Daisy Buchanan. This ill-fated liaison is at the heart of the story.
I didn't find any of the characters to be sympathetic; in fact they are the type of people whom others might wish ill. Don't let that discourage you from reading The Great Gatsby. Whether you view The Great Gatsby as the glorification of the Jazz Age or as an indictment of the shallowness and cynicism of the 1920's, one thing is certain. It is a pleasure to read the lyrical prose of F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The Great Gatsby is the focus of the National Endowment for the Arts national literacy initiative "The Big Read" this year. A wide assortment of free activities - antique car shows, film showings, talks on 1920s Buffalo, and Charleston dance parties, among others -- relating to Gatsby and the flamboyant era of the 1920s is underway to mid-November across the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System - complete information is available at the BECPL site.