‘So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.’
In West Egg, Long Island, a mysterious millionaire named Jay Gatsby lives in a palatial mansion and throws parties that are the talk of New York—yet very few guests know their host or where he came from. More intriguing for his young neighbour, Nick, is that every night he spies Gatsby gazing at a green light across the bay in East Egg. As the languid summer stretches and Nick is drawn further into his neighbour’s world, he learns not only that the green light marks the home of his cousin Daisy and her husband Tom, but Daisy is the beacon that drew Gatsby here in the first place.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece novel continues to define the Jazz Age for generations of readers and deftly portrays the world of the very wealthy—their illusions, infidelities, and deceits—in a heartbreaking story of impossible love, ambition, and tragedy.