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Nick Carraway, the narrator, is
a young Midwesterner who, having graduated from Yale in 1915 and
fought in World War I ("The Great War"), has returned
home to begin a career. Like others in his generation, he is restless
and has decided to move East to New York and learn the bond business.
The novel 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, whom Nick has not met.
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