Almost an autobiographical account of the author’s own life, Scott Fitzgerald’s novel tells of a bohemian and successful man leading a glamorous lifestyle in 1920s New York. Like the author, Gatsby always feels inadequate and never reaches the life that he aspires to lead. Behind Gatsby’s opulent parties and jolly persona is a mess of dishonesty, corruption and moral decay that was rife in post-war America.
This is an unforgettable work reflecting the decline of the American dream in the 1920s. Fitzgerald’s style is excellently portrayed in this reading by Hernando Iván Cano.