A masterpiece, a dazzling social satire, and a milestone in twentieth-century literature, "The Great Gatsby" peels away the layers of the glamorous twenties to display the coldness and cruelty at its heart.
Everybody who is anybody is seen at the glittering parties held in Gatsby's mansion in West Egg, east of New York.
The riotous throng congregates in his sumptuous garden, coolly debating Gatsby's origins and mysterious past.
None of the frivolous socialites understand him and among various onlookers, Gatsby is oblivious to the speculation he creates, but seems always to be watching and waiting, though no one knows what for.
But as the tragic story unfolds, Gatsby's destructive dreams and passions are revealed.
R 2003 The BBC Big Read Top 100
S 2003 BBC Big Read Top 100