The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and published in 1925, is a story of America in the 1920s.

This classic tale is told by Nick Carraway. Nick is a young Yale graduate who moves to New York and rents a house in the West Egg district of Long Island.

Nick's house is located between two very large homes. The one on his right is a huge and elaborate mansion.  Lavish parties with hundreds of people coming and going at all hours of the night are held there on a regular basis.

One day, Nick gets an invitation to one of these parties. He decides to attend, and soon finds that his new neighbor is the mysterious and wealthy Jay Gatsby.

Nick and Gatsby become friends, and Nick eventually learns of Gatsby's long-time love for Daisy Buchanan, who is a cousin of Nick's.  Nick already knows that Daisy's husband, Tom, is having an affair with a married woman, Myrtle Wilson.

Gatsby wants Nick to arrange a meeting so that he can see Daisy. Nick finally agrees, and invites Daisy to tea at his home.

Banned for profanity and sexuality, this book was first challenged at the Baptist College in Charleston, South Carolina in 1987 for "language and sexual references in the book".

Banned in a college? Even though it's a religious college, shouldn't students of that age be old enough to choose for themselves what to read and not read?

Besides that, this story makes it clear that the lifestyle choices and on-going deceit of the characters did not lead to a happy ending.

Couldn't there be a lesson in here somewhere?

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