The holidays are a great time to catch up on the latest book releases and your favorite series, but it is also a great time to take a break from the modern world and pick up a classic like The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald or Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen.
The Great Gatsby takes readers back to the 1920’s, better known as the Jazz Age. It follows Nick Carraway, a man who has recently moved to a wealthy area on the “West Egg” of Long Island, New York. He is a highly educated man who also has ties to the established “East Egg” of Long Island. One day Carraway goes to visit his sister Daisy and her husband, and he falls in love with their friend Jordan Baker during his visit. Together they go to a party back on the West Egg at Jay Gatsby’s house, a legendary man known for his festivities. While there, Carraway discovers that Gatsby has loved his sister Daisy for years, even though she is already married. He also discovers that Daisy’s husband is in love with another woman named Myrtle, thickening the plot. As the story continues, there are moments of love, betrayal, and much more. It may seem confusing now, but I highly recommend reading this book. It is a great story about the dangers and the joys of love. The Great Gatsby is one of the most well known classics and is interesting enough to catch the attention of this generation as well.
Sense and Sensibility is another great classic to read during break. It follows two sisters, Elinor and Marianne Dashwood. Elinor, the eldest child, falls in love with a man named Edward Ferrars, but later finds out that he is already engaged. Marianne is in love with a man by the name of Willoughby, but someone else, Colonel Brandon, is in love with her. Sense and Sensibility is yet another story about the different effects that love can have on different people and the fact that love is not straightforward, but rather confusing. There is a lot of old English used in this story, but I found that the exhilarating story line and the unexpected plot twists kept me engaged and glued to the book.
So, during the upcoming Christmas break try to pick up a classic to read and take some time to appreciate the early literature. You might just find that it is more exciting than you thought, and it will give you a different perspective on life other than what you know today.
(Copyright 2015 Savannah Doelfel)