Scott Fitzgerald's grand story about disillusionment and hopeless love has charmed generations of readers and critics, but perhaps The Great Gatsby's greatest fan was its author. He told his editor, "I think my novel is about the best American novel ever written." So Fitzgerald is not the most humble man, but as the author of a novel which both chastises and celebrates humanity's vices, that fact should not come as such a surprise. The Great Gatsby, though a rather slender book, expounds upon larger-than-life flaws and mistakes of its characters. It is a story of more than just people, but of a country and a society lost amidst their own wealth, searching for their individuality and salvation.