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Great Gatsby The Plot Nick Carraway the narrator is a young Midwesterner who having graduated from Yale in 1915 and fought in World War I has returned home to begin a career Like others at the time he is restless and has decided to move East to New York and learn the bond business The story opens early in the summer of 1922 in West Egg Long Island where Nick has rented a house Next to his place is a huge mansion complete with Gothic tower and marble swimming pool which belongs to a Mr Gatsby someone who Nick has not met Directly across the bay from West Egg is the richer community of East Egg where Tom and Daisy Buchanan live Daisy is Nicks cousin and Tom a well-known football player at Yale had been in the same senior society as Nick in New Haven Like Nick they are Midwesterners who have come East to be a part of the glamour and mystery of the New York City area They invite Nick to dinner at their mansion and here he meets a young woman named Jordan Baker a friend of Daisys from Louisville Myrtle Wilson lives in a weird place half way between West Egg and New York City that Fitzgerald calls the valley of ashes The valley of ashes consists of huge ash heaps and a yellow brick building which is an all-night restaurant and George Wilsons garage Nick finally gets the opportunity to meet his neighbor Mr Gatsby Gatsby gives huge parties complete with catered food open bars and orchestras People come from everywhere to attend these parties but no one seems to know much about the host Legends about Jay Gatsby abound Some say he was a German spy during the war others that he once killed a man Nick becomes fascinated by Gatsby He begins watching his host and notices that Gatsby does not drink or join in the
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