The Great Gatsby. It goes without saying that The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald will forever be hailed as one of the great American classics, as many of you probably learned from your honors English high school class back in the day. It can also be considered a Hamptons classic, however, thanks to its Long Island setting. It has the requisite polo tournaments, drinking at inappropriate hours, and grand palatial estates. The novel has it all: illicit romantic affairs, unrequited love, old money v. the nouveau riche, and of course, endless nights filled with the fabulous parties of the Roaring 20s. Jay Gatsby née James Gatz is the ultimate social climber; however, unlike most climbers of today, his aspirations don't stem from some desperate and sleazy need to be in the spotlight. The object of his obsession isn't money or fame - it's the love of Daisy Buchanan, the socialite whom he has never gotten over. It's the classic tale of the guy who can't get the girl, but will never give up until he gets her. It's touching and Fitzgerald created the ultimate foils in Daisy and Jay, not to mention fashion icons. It's a love story, it's a story about the American Dream - broken and otherwise, and it's a story that will stir up your own secret dreams and ardor while you read this book sipping a mint julep and lying out underneath your beach umbrella this summer.
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