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The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby is one of the most popular books in the United States. The book was number two on the Modern Library Association's list of "100 Best Novels of the 20th Century." Time Magazine put the book in its TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. A 1989 study found that 54% of high schools surveyed taught The Great Gatsby in their English classes.
The story is told by Nick Carraway, a man who moves to Long Island, New York, from the Midwest. Nick is not rich but he lives in a rich area that has two towns called 'East Egg' and 'West Egg'. The 'old rich' live in East Egg, while the 'New Rich' reside in West Egg. Nick lives in a small house in West Egg. Nick's next-door neighbor is Jay Gatsby. Jay is in love with Nick's cousin, Daisy. But, Daisy is married to a man named Tom. The novel is about Jay and his hope that he can steal Daisy from Tom.