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The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
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 extensi...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780684801520
ISBN-10: 0684801523
Publication Date: 6/1/1995
Pages: 240
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Publisher: Scribner
Book Type: Paperback
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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.
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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.

I highly reommend this novel.
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This has always been one of my favorite books. Every time I read it, I discover something new.
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The Great Gatsby is a classic we should all read. Despite being written so many decades ago, this is an easily readible book and a terrific look into the history of the '20s and '30s.
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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

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My favorite book of all time...A classic
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Ome of my favorite books of all time.
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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.


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