The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Many of us probably are familiar with the Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald through the 2013 movie with Leonardo DiCaprio, but Jessica and I take a deep dive into this story on the Barely Bookish podcast.
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Welcome to the Tom Buchanan roast fest. Today, we ended up covering only the first chapter of the Great Gatsby, but it’s worth it because we get some good digs at Tom’s expense. It’s going to be a fun one, I promise.
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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby focuses on the story of Jay Gatsby as he essentially obsesses over Daisy Buchanan who is our narrator Nick’s cousin.
Spoiler warning from this point on!
Jay Gatsby’s obsession has gotten so bad that not only has he continuously lied to get to where he is, but he has also bought a home across the water from Daisy Buchanan and her husband.
At this point, we find out that Daisy’s husband is sleeping with Myrtle Wilson, and that Nick knows. Jay Gatsby tries to get Daisy Buchanan to leave her husband, causing her to drive Jay Gatsby’s car while inconsolable. This causes Myrtle to run out in front of his car, thinking that it’s Tom Buchanan.
After hitting and killing Myrtle, Gatsby and Daisy flee. Tom points fingers at Gatsby for the murder, causing George Wilson to murder Jay Gatsby.
This story is so well done and I think it’s the perfect novel for anyone trying to get into their first classic. It’s short and entertaining through every page, resulting in an incredibly interesting story without cumbersome writing.