A classic, readable story juxtaposing the upper class with the lower. Fitzgerald shows how the rich act from the perspective of a non-wealthy character. I thought he illustrated pretty well the depth of Gatsby - even though he was a bit envied, he was still a fellow human. Recommended to classic fiction lovers as a light, easy read.
This novel was simply amazing. The ease of reading disguises the deep and meaningful questions sparked by Gatsby's life and the enigmatic title. Few books are truly life changing, but I would put The Great Gatsby on that list. Fitzgerald really highlighted how truly lonely one can be in a crowd, and the ethics of love of friendship as well as the social change of the 1920's in all aspects. The Great Gatsby was a book that I was forced to read for school and became one of my favorite novels, and upon each re-reading I learn another lesson or see a different aspect of this multifaceted, interesting, and well written work.
Fitzgerald is an excellent writer and this novel, which may seem simple in the beginning, is anything but formulaic. While I did not find this text to be one of the best of all-time, I highly recommend it to any reader looking to explore concepts of love, mortality, and morality. Flowing prose and serene descriptions add to Fitzgerald's well-crafted storyline.
This review is specifically for the audiobook version recorded by Tim Robbins, although I've read the actual book many times, including as an American Lit teacher. When my book group decided to read this, one of my all-time favorite books, I decided to try something new.
Tim Robbins does an AMAZING job narrating this novel. His mellow, smooth voice is perfect for Nick's narration, and his vast variety of dialects and inflections bring the colorful characters to life. I highly, highly recommend this version to anyone who (a) loves and wants to revisit this classic, (2) has never been able to "get into" this amazing book, and (d) anyone with a pulse, over the age of, say, 14 (not to insult the intelligent 13-year-olds out there who can appreciate some good literature).
An absolute American classic and a must read. One of the best lines in the book is when someone notes, "The rich are different"; and indeed Fitzgerald captures this beautifully in his depiction of Gatsby and other characters, all set against the Jazz Age.
There is a reason why so many people call this their favorite novel of all time. It is just THAT good. I have read this book many times and I love it more with each reading. A MUST read (and if you haven't read it, why on earth haven't you? Times-a-wasting reading this mundane review...get on it!).
After reading the book 'Reading Lolita in Tehran' and her continual discussion of 'The Great Gatsby' I felt that I just had to read it. I love the way F. Scott Fitzgerald writes and was an amazing read even though I had seen the movie twice. I recommend everyone that enjoys the well written word should read this book. I'm hanging on to my copy.
There is a reason some books are called classics. Not all old books are. The Great Gatsby has earned the title classic. It took me a few pages to become engaged in the story but after that I had a hard time setting it down. The way Fitzgerald tells the story somehow manages to be dreamy and realistic, tragic and sweet, all at the same time. It is one of those books that haunt you long after you are done reading. Why? It is what happens when an author brings all of the elements that make a book great together into one work.
The Plot and Characters (my thoughts): The plot of The Great Gatsby is quite straightforward. It is about Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchannan. It is a story of the moral corruptness of the rich at that time. The narrator Nick Caraway is not rich and is drawn into Gatsbys and Daisys affair because he is both the neighbor of Gatsby and Daisys cousin. I found it interesting that the narrator was not Daisy or Gatsby since the book was primarily about them. Instead Fitzgerald chose to make Nick the narrator. This I thought was very smart for many reasons. A few are, the fact that Nick is not prejudiced for or against certain characters so it allowed the reader to make up their own mind who is in the right, number two is that Nick was an outsider in the high society so it seemed he was able to see the true emptiness that was on the inside of those people and how greed and lust had corrupted them. Overall using a minor character for narrator worked in developing the other characters very well. I thought the plot of this book was more focused on characters and atmosphere than anything else
Over all I absolutely loved this book it is an amazing piece of literature. Dont be put off by the fact that it isnt the easiest to read, it is well worth it
It took far too long to find out that nothing really interesting was going to happen in this book, and so I was too close to finishing by then to stop reading it. From a writing standpoint, it's rather brilliant and easy to see why it's considered to be a classic, but that doesn't make it entertaining. The glimpse into the time in the 1920s was definitely well-captured, but that alone wasn't enough to make me truly like the book. It's fortunate it's so short, or else I wouldn't have finished it. As it is, I don't regret doing so, but I also cannot recommend it, unless one is simply looking for a look at life at that time in history.
I had heard a lot of great things about The Great Gatsby but never read it before and was eager to finally read it. It was well done and an easy read even after all this time.
The tale is told by the neighbor of Gatsby. It is a twisted tale of adultery and adoration. Some say it is the quintessential American novel. Gatsby's neighbor tell us of Gatsby's quest to win a married woman's, Daisy's, heart. Daisy struggles with a husband who cheats on her with another woman and she married him for money. The whole tale ends in a tragedy not unlike a Greek play.
The tale was an easy and quick read and fairly engaging. Fitzgerald does an excellent job describing the era and the surroundings, making everything easy for the reader to picture.
The story quickly gets twisted and complicated with various characters involved with other characters that they aren't supposed to be with. The tragic ending is strangely ironic and suiting of all the selfish characters present.
I can understand how some might root for Gatsby and Daisy and their supposed quest for true love; but personally I found all of the characters to be selfish, shallow and deserving of what they got in the end. This tale truly shows an era of American decadence.
Overall a decent read and I am glad that I read this. I loved the ironic symmetry of the story, but didn't really enjoy any of the characters much. The story is paced well, has great description throughout, and is engaging. I wouldn't run out and read everything by Fitzgerald based on this book, but I enjoyed this book and am glad I can say I finally read this.
This book has often been described as Fitzgeralds most beautiful piece of work and frankly I do not see it. I first read this book as a teenager for fun and remember disliking it immensely but later not remembering why. Now that I ave reread it I realize what that is. The type of people described and the way they act irk me. They are well off family surrounded by people that do
things to each other with no feelings. They just keep hurting each other without caring about the consequences.
In the beginning of the book it is very boring and does not become interesting until Gatsby becomes involved in the story but the way people act towards one another.
I do not really see the beauty in this story but I do see commentary on society I just do not agree with it.
This is a great book to read. I had to read this book in English literature in high school some years ago. It still is a good read now. When I was in high school, I was fortunate to see the movie after reading the book.
I would recommend reading this book, especially to those in literature classes.
I am in my '40's and had never read this book before (not even in college). I was only familiar with the 1974 movie with Robert Redford... Anyway, I have to say I'm sorry I hadn't read it sooner. I wasted a lot of time listening to other readers who've said, "it's slow", or "it's boring".
The Great Gatsby does begin slowly but it's anything but boring! I felt great pity for Jay Gatsby and his hopeless love for the hopeless Daisy. I felt that this book, much more so than Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, explores the futility of the lives of wealthy, listless, wandering people in the 1920's (and the damage they can inflict on innocent people during their wanderings).
For some reason, I never got around to reading this book until now even though I've had copies of it in the past and even lived for years near the Fitzgeralds' burial place in Rockville, Maryland. I recently saw the new movie version of this with Leonardo DiCaprio and was quite impressed so decided it must be time to read the novel. Well, I'm sorry I never read this sooner - a really great short novel that was easily readable telling the story of Gatsby who fell in love with Daisy during the Great War, then somehow became super wealthy, and who threw lavish parties during the jazz age in an enormous mansion all to impress and win his lost love back. Unfortunately, he found that he was unable to relive the past and of course the story ended tragically. Must read!
Not my favorite book, but Fitzgerald fans are likely to enjoy it, or those who have seen the movie may also enjoy the book. It has been quite a long time, but I think the movie was faithful to the book.
Prior to starting this novel, I was convinced I had read it some time in school while I was growing up. Throughout my public school education, we had read a variety of classics from Steinbeck, Dickens, Hemingway, Miller, etc. So I really thought I had read this one along the way. After a couple of paragraphs, I realized that I hadnt, because I think I would have remembered the different feel this one seems to have from most classic American literature.
The length of the novel alone is enough to show you that its not quite the same as some of those other novels. Fitzgerald seemed to have more of a sense of what to cut out and what to include than some of his contemporaries, because at no point during this reading did I sit and think Will you just get ON with it?!? Im sad to say that I have done that with plenty of other authors, so I was a bit worried Id have that reaction when going through The Great Gatsby. I very happily enjoyed this novel and hope to read more of Fitzgeralds work in the future.
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Thought I'd read a classic that I never had the opportunity to read before. I even read reviews of why this book is considered a classic. I still don't get it. It was hard to finish, and it's only 180 pages long!!
If someone wants to enlighten me as to what I am missing, I'm all ears.
Published 89 years ago, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald still creates discussion and controversy for its brilliant depiction of the characters. The enigma of Jay Gatsby remains still today. What does he want from life? Daisy? The self-assurance of those born to wealth? Acceptance? Belief that he has reached success? Each reader walks away with their own interpretation, and each interpretation seems equally viable. That, to me, is the the magic of this book.
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Obviously it is a classic that is read often, but unlike so many so called classics it deserves it's place on everyone's shelf. The characters are well developed to allow for a look at the differences between social classes without it being a dull school lesson.
I just finished reading this a second time. I enjoyed it a lot more when I read it in high school about 11 years ago. Not as great this time, no pun intended. The ending was good though saddening. This book has a lot of eloquent language within it that's worth acknowledging.
If I was supposed to read this book in high school, I didn't. Here I am less than a month shy of 39 and just read it for the first time.
I found the first few chapters slow and verbose. Actually, the story for me became interesting only on the fateful ride back from the city and that was over halfway through the book.
The language is antiquated, especially when you consider that this is a relatively modern book. Perhaps because of the language, I found myself backing up a few pages several times and skimming for something I thought I missed. In the end though, all the pieces fell together and everything made sense. I now have an intense dislike for Mrs. Daisy Buchanan!
The last sentence of the book is very poignant and elicits serious reflection on one's life. A great story about love, loss, morality, and mortality.
The Robert Redford version of "The Great Gatsby" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071577/) came up on my Netflix menu and i started to watch it. But before the opening credits were through, i stopped it and went upstairs to grab this book off the shelf and (finally) read it after all these years. I knew it was fairly short and i read it in a day. This is a superbly written tale of disfunction and excess of the rich and famous living on Long Island during the 1920's. Todays reality TV and scandals have nothing on the people there 100 years ago. It was during prohibition, but booze and money were flowing like old man river. F. Scott Fitzgerald tells this story wonderfully, and i loved every page. For such a short story, the characters and places are painted with a rich economy of words that immediately put the reader in contact with and in the middle of this story. I loved it and highly recommend this version of the text which is "authorized" and contains many notes and explanations (at the beginning and end, NOT in the text itself). Now back to watch the Redford film version. :)
I'm not a huge fan of Fitzgerald's, I actually read this book as an undergraduate in an advanced grammar class and had to diagram (sentence by sentence) the ENTIRE book, thereby discovering that an underlying (and unconscious) mathematical "formula" of sorts exists in Fitzgerald's writing (extrapolate this to the entire species: do we all use rhetoric according to the biological patterns in our individual brains?)
From the back of the book: This is the definitive, textually accurate edition of a classic of twentieth-century literature, The Great Gatsby. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan has been acclaimed by generations of readers. But the first edition contained a number of errors resulting from Fitzgerald's extensive revisions and a rushed production schedule. Subsequent printings introduced further departures from the author's words. This edition, based on the Cambridge critical text, restores all the language of Fitzgerald's masterpiece. Drawing on the manuscript and surviving proofs of the novel, along with Fitzgerald's later revisions and corrections, this is the authorized text--The Great Gatsby as Fitzgerald intended it.
NOTE: IF YOU ORDER THIS COPY I EXPECT A BOOKCREDIT:
A classic title in great demand by pbswappers so I hate to just pitch it if someone can use a well-read copy with many notes and underlining. Someone has used this copy to pass a class and it may be just right for a student who won't mind the extra input. Lots of wear but solid and has at least one more read in it. Thanks!