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.
I highly reommend this novel.
This has always been one of my favorite books. Every time I read it, I discover something new.
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).