Just about perfect. The story flows along like a bubbling stream and is enhanced throughout by Fitzgerald's endless images of light. It is his use of language that makes this such an enjoyable read, despite the sadness and tragic events of the story. The roaring twenties, bootlegging, fabulous wealth and parties in The Hamptons are simply the backdrop. Woody Allen (or someone) said the only two things worth writing about are love and death. That's what The Great Gatsby is about.