Nick Carraway's mysterious neighbour Gatsby gazes across the dark bay at a distant green light.
As the summer unfolds, Nick is drawn into Gatsby's world of luxury cars, speedboats and extravagant parties. But the more he hears about Gatsbyeven from what Gatsby himself tells himthe less he is sure of the truth. Did Gatsby really go to Oxford University? Was he a hero in the war? Did he once kill a man?
Nick recalls how he came to know Gatsby. He recounts how he enters the world of his cousin Daisy and her wealthy husband Tom. But does their money make them any happier? How do everybody’s stories connect?
Will you come to know the real Gatsby after reading Nick's account of that fateful summer?
Real Reads are retellings of great literature from around the world, each fitted into a 64-page book. Our books make classic stories, dramas and histories available to intelligent young readers as a bridge to the full texts, to language students wanting access to other cultures, and to adult readers who are unlikely ever to read the original versions.
About the Author
Raised and educated in Massachusetts, SEAN CONNOLLY now lives in Wiltshire, England, where he works as a writer and editor, specializing in children’s books. His best-known titles are The Book of Totally Irresponsible Science (2008, now in its eleventh printing), The Book of Potentially Catastrophic Science, and Perfectly Perilous Math (2012).
SAM KALDA is a Brooklyn illustrator with a penchant for weaving narrative into his illustrations. His use of patterns and simple lines create work that is both quirky and attractive. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Architect Magazine, and many others.
Date of Birth:September 24, 1896
Date of Death:December 21, 1940
Place of Birth:St. Paul, Minnesota