Books of Fitzgerald


The Great Gatsby is very much F. Scott Fitzgerald’s commentary on American society.  He writes of the division of classes, gender differences, and the pursuit of the American Dream.  The story is told entirely from Nick Carraway’s point of view as he describes his encounters with the elite social class.  Nick befriends his neighbor named Gatsby, who is infatuated with Nick’s cousin Daisy.  However, Daisy is married to Tom Buchanan who is having an affair with Myrtle Wilson.  The trouble that these characters get into and the reasons they have for their actions are all still relevant today.  This is one of Fitzgerald’s best known works and one of my favorite novels; I highly recommend reading it.







This Side of Paradise is similar to a coming of age novel.  Amory Blaine starts out as a young adolescent boy, and the story follows him through college and a few years beyond.  In his teen years, Amory attends St. Regis boarding school and then moves on to Princeton University.  He meets a group of boys there who are all trying to find themselves.  Wanting to have the popularity that he once knew, Amory joins the football team.  After returning from combat in World War I, he falls madly in love with Rosalind Connage.  Does Amory really find himself through all of his experiences and relationships?  Read the book to find out!   








The Love of the Last Tycoon is a novel that discusses the social hierarchy of Hollywood.  Cecelia Brady is the daughter of a famous producer and she is in love with Monroe Stahr, who is another Hollywood producer.  However, when Monroe Stahr goes to investigate if any damage has been done to his studio during an earthquake, he catches sight of a girl with a silver belt.  Stahr changes from spending most of his time working on films to searching for this mystery girl.  The story ends with a twist that I won’t reveal, but I definitely recommend this book.














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