The Great Gatsby – the Baz Luhrmann film tie-in edition F Scott Fitzgerald

Posted: June 21, 2013 in general fiction, Review

the great gatsbyThe narrator, Nick Carraway, moves to West Egg in the twenties (read Long Island, NY), next door to the wealthy but shady Jay Gatsby. Tom and Daisy Buchannan (Daisy is Nick’s cousin) live in the flasher East Egg. Nick makes friends with Gatsby, who wants Nick to get his cousin to one of Gatsby’s legendary parties, as they used to be an item before she married the loutish Tom, who is already running around on her. However Tom does like the fact that Daisy would rather be with Gatsby and outs him as a bootlegger. When Daisy, driving Jay’s car, accidently runs over and kills Tom’s mistress, Tom tells her husband that it was Gatsby driving and gets Gatsby shot and killed.

It’s a different world. You want to slap these people for being so uptight and hide-bound by convention but that is how it was, even in the riotous and scandalous twenties. Jay Gatsby may have made his money by distinctly shady means but his determination to woo back the woman he loves, conflicts with the very real desire to not tarnish her reputation.

It was never going to end well. A commentary on days long past and a salutary note that however much we like to think people have become more enlightened, they really have not.


Supplied by Random House New Zealand

Reviewed by Maree

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