Book Review: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Before the movie The Great Gatsby, based on the novel of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald, was released this year, I had never heard of it before. The film created a hype and suddenly everyone wanted to see this movie. I was dying to see it too, and mostly because I hadn’t read the book and so I wouldn’t compare the movie to anything and would just enjoy it on its own. However I had to travel on the days it was being shown in cinemas, and after that I haven’t yet had the opportunity to rent out a DVD version.

Recently, as I was trying to look for some money we sometimes stash in books (in our household books also act as banks), I came across a slim, dusty book named ‘The Great Gatsby’ in my father’s library. Instantly my mind went ‘Cha-ching!’ Not because I’d found the cash; that was probably in the other 9999999 books.

Oh, how I wish I had seen the movie before I read the novel. I say that because now the movie is NEVER going to be as good. I have yet to see a film based on a book that turns out to be better than the actual novel; for me, words are always better.

The Great Gatsby on the surface is a tale of the unfulfilled love between a man and a woman, but once you understand it in depth, the theme is actually on a much larger-and less romantic-scope.

Through his novel, Fitzgerald portrays the America in 1920’s as an era of greed and rotten social and moral values. The extravagant parties thrown every week by Gatsby symbolize reckless jubilance and the hollow pursuit of pleasure. Ultimately, these shallow activities result in the corruption of the American dream as the unquenchable thirst for money and power surpass the noble goals.

This book has love, hatred, suspense, and murder- it’s the real deal.

I am so glad to have read-and enjoyed- this book, and also it’s an honor to add this to my ‘Great books that I have read’ list.

I would suggest it to everyone interested in literature and reading, as this would be a great asset and is a thoroughly enjoyable read!

Book Review: Brida by Paulo Coelho

“Love didn’t need that kind of renunciation. True love allowed each person to follow their own path, knowing that they would never lose touch with their Soulmate.”

Like most of you, I have been quite busy these last few days. Doing what, I presume you might be wondering.

Well, Paulo Coelho is responsible for taking up most of my time. I don’t need to tell you what a wonderful writer he is. I have read a few of his bestsellers, including The Alchemist (whatabook!).

The latest addition to my Coelho book family is Brida. I honestly loved the story. I admire how the author reveals to us the mystical traditions and teachings of the Wiccan community in a friendly, almost simple way. The story-line would be fascinating to many readers- finding your Soulmate. Although there are times the story goes a bit off-track and the Soul-mate (the Magus) is, at some parts, neglected, it is indeed one of the most interesting books I have read.

I would give it a 4 out of 5, for rating.

Review: ‘And the Mountains Echoed-‘ Khaled Hosseini

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Another heart-wrenching, emotional roller-coaster ride by Mr. Hosseini. I confess; although I was very excited to heart about Mr. Hosseini’s new novel, and it was the first thing I bought on my recent visit to the bookstore, I wasn’t as enthusiastic to pick it up and start reading it. Not because I thought it won’t be brilliant, but because I knew it was going to pull on my heartstrings and, belonging to the Afghan heritage myself, I was going to read into every word with more feeling and try to understand every emotion with more passion than the average reader, simply because I would want to.

That being said, after flipping open the cover and halfway through the first paragraph on page 1, I was, obviously, hooked. Then, I couldn’t understand why I ever delayed starting this wonderful, wonderful piece of writing and wanted to simultaneously rush through it for the sake of knowing what happens next, and slowly savor each tone, each individual character and their story, in luxury. Yes, Khaled Hosseini makes me paradoxical.

A story which keeps you wanting more after every page, ‘And the Mountains Echoed’ is a fantastic tale with numerous twists in the plot. Mr. Hosseini has the power to control your emotions through his novel; he can make you smile with a lighthearted line one moment, and with a beautifully written paragraph revealing something devastatingly tragic, he can bring tears to your eyes in the next. This novel explores the themes of love and loss in great detail, and not just in a romantic way. It is simple yet beautifully complex novel about the relationship of a brother and sister, and how one decision made by their father in their childhood affects the lives of everyone they know, and will continue to affect the lives of many others forever. Every character in the story is interconnected and each character’s live is influenced by the others.

Mr. Hosseini has once again created a masterpiece, and I know I will be rereading this novel time and again.