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The Great Gatsby

Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Book - 2000)
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The exemplary novel of the Jazz Age, F. Scott Fitzgeralds' third book, The Great Gatsby (1925), stands as the supreme achievement of his career. T. S. Eliot read it three times and saw it as the "first step" American fiction had taken since Henry James; H. L. Mencken praised "the charm and beauty of the writing," as well as Fitzgerald's sharp social sense; and Thomas Wolfe hailed it as Fitzgerald's "best work" thus far. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when, The New York Times remarked, "gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession," it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s that resonates with the power of myth. A novel of lyrical beauty yet brutal realism, of magic, romance, and mysticism, The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature. This is the definitive, textually accurate edition of The Great Gatsby, edited by Matthew J. Bruccoli and authorized by the estate of F. Scott Fitzgerald. The first edition of The Great Gatsby contained many errors resulting from Fitzgerald's extensive revisions and a rushed production schedule, and subsequent editions introduced further departures from the author's intentions. This critical edition draws on the manuscript and surviving proofs of the novel, along with Fitzgerald's later revisions and corrections, to restore the text to its original form. It is The Great Gatsby as Fitzgerald intended it.
Authors: Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Francis Scott), 1896-1940
Title: The great Gatsby
Publisher: New York : Scribner, [2000]
Edition: 75th anniversary ed.
Characteristics: 172 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: F. Scott Fitzgerald ; foreword and preface by Matthew J. Bruccoli
Notes: "This is the definitive, textually accurate edition..." -- Jacket
Edition statement and publication date found in foreword
Additional Contributors: Bruccoli, Matthew J. (Matthew Joseph), 1931-2008
ISBN: 9780684830421
0684830426
Branch Call Number: FICTION FITZGERAL 2000
Subject Headings: Long Island (N.Y.) Fiction New York (State) Fiction Upper class New York (State) Long Island Fiction Man-woman relationships New York (State) Long Island Fiction
Genre/Form: Love stories
Topical Term: Upper class
Man-woman relationships
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The ultimate Jazz Age story.

Jay Gatsby had once loved beautiful, spoiled Daisy Buchanan, then lost her to a rich boy. Now, mysteriously wealthy, he is ready to risk everything to woo her back.

The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when, The New York Times remarked, "gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession," it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 19... Read More »

An American classic. Jay Gatsby had once loved beautiful, spoiled Daisy Buchanan, then lost her to a rich boy. Now, mysteriously wealthy, he is ready to risk everything to woo her back.

The exemplary novel of the Jazz Age, F. Scott Fitzgeralds' third book, "The Great Gatsby" (1925), stands as the supreme achievement of his career. T. S. Eliot read it three times and saw it as the "first step" American fiction had taken since Henry James.


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Nov 10, 2014
  • Levi_1 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

American Classic that is easy to digest, but has many meanings that go over the readers head. Keep your eyes peeled and you may notice Fitzgeralds many secrets.

Sep 30, 2014
  • frishta rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great sets, costumes. Really caught the decadence of the times.

Aug 08, 2014
  • TopGradeMilk rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

it took me quite a while to get into this book but in the end, thinking about it, i'm really glad i read this book. some parts were a little hard to comprehend though.

Jul 24, 2014
  • AngelFire101 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Really enjoyed how this book showed how opinions are formed of the rich and the poor.

Jul 23, 2014
  • Divine19 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

In every book, there's always that character I despise; in this one, it's everybody.

But it was a decent read.

Totally Love this book! So heartbreaking.

Jul 12, 2014
  • sfogs rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A short story and a bit of a sad one, I felt sorry for Gatsby and really didn't like Tom.

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "This book is a timeless story of love, despair and the want for more. Gatsby was disillusioned by many things, and although he had an immensely extravagant life built for himself, how he felt inside was empty. The story twists and turns, each sentence building off of itself perfectly. If you're looking for a summer read that's both enjoyable, and that you can draw wisdom from, you've found it here."

Jul 07, 2014
  • arsolarik rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I'm glad I read this, it's an ok story though.

Set in 1922 in New York, The Great Gatsby is the story of eccentric millionaire Jay Gatsby as told by Nick Carraway, a young man from the Midwest who lives on Long Island and works in Manhattan. Gatsby’s enormous mansion is adjacent to Carraway’s modest home, and Carraway becomes curious about his neighbor after being invited to one of his famous parties. Nick soon learns that Gatsby is in love Daisy Buchanan, Nick’s cousin and the wife of one Tom Buchanan, an acquaintance of Nick’s from Yale. Tom takes Nick on a trip for a day in the city, where Nick learns that Tom has a kept woman, Myrtle Wilson, the wife of a long island mechanic and is cheating on Daisy.
Gatsby sends a message to Nick through their mutual friend, professional golfer Jordan Baker, asking Nick to arrange a meeting for him and Daisy. Nick learns that Gatsby and Daisy had once been in love, but Daisy married Tom while Gatsby was in Europe during the Great War, and was too poor to be able to marry her. Somehow, Gatsby then managed to acquire millions of dollars. Gatsby chose the site of his house in Long Island because it was across the bay from Daisy’s house, from which a green light could be seen at night.
The Great Gatsby is a window through which the reader can discover the American lifestyle of the 1920s. Fitzgerald is able to illustrate the idea of the “American Dream” – the accumulation of wealth and power by any mean. The Great Gatsby is truly a great book with an outstanding plot twist and characters so realistic that they seem to come to life before you

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Sep 02, 2014
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Jun 19, 2014
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Aug 31, 2013
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Jun 29, 2013
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Mar 06, 2013
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Mar 05, 2013
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Jun 14, 2012
  • EDGAR AQUINO rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 09, 2014
  • JODI ARONOFF rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The Great Gatsby , F. Scott Fitzgerald's third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted "gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession," it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s. The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.

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Jul 10, 2013
  • Nataliasay97 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Nick lives next door to a mysterious man named Gatsby, who throws parties. Nick becomes friends with him and learns that he is in love with Daisy.

Tom is suspicious of this, and he tries to prove that Gatsby is not who he seems. Daisy says that she will leave Tom for Gatsby.
Daisy then refuses to leave Tom for him, and makes him drive her home. Daisy is at the wheel when the car hits someone- coincidentally, Myrtle Wilson, Tom's other woman.

Mr. Wilson discovers his wife's affair, and asks around about the car that hit her . So, thinking that Gatsby hit her, Mr. Wilson goes to Gatsby's house and shoots him, and then shoots himself.

Gatsby dies alone, because no one shows up to his funeral except for Nick and his father.

Jun 18, 2012
  • tt14 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This book was so fun and crazy at the same time. Got to check it out.

May 21, 2010
  • mbazal rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time where gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession, it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s."

Poor officer Gatsby falls in love with flighty Daisy, but while he is away overseas she marries another man. He returns years later as a mysterious millionaire and tries to win her back.

Jan 23, 2009
  • heatherlynn rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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Jul 10, 2013
  • Nataliasay97 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Other: uses some terms such as bootlegging

Mar 04, 2013
  • Hello_Seattle rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Obviously because this book is about the jazz age, there is some sexual content as well as some drinking.

Other: irrevocable awesomeness.

Nov 24, 2008
  • mbazal rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Eckleburg. The eyes of Doctor T. J. Eckleburg are blue and gigantic—their retinas are

Unlike Gatsby and Tom Buchanan, I had no girl whose disembodied face floated along the dark cornices and blinding signs, and so I drew up the girl beside me, tightening my arms. Her wan, scornful mouth smiled, and so I drew her up again closer, this time to my face.

A breeze blew through the room, blew curtains in at one end and out the other like pale flags, twisting them up toward the frosted wedding-cake of the ceiling, and then rippled over the wine-colored rug, making a shadow on it as wind does on the sea.

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Sep 22, 2013
  • ericnorcross rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Most of the big shore places are closed now, and there are hardly any lights except the shadowy moving glow of a ferry boat across the sound. As the moon rose higher the inessential houses began to melt away, until gradually I became aware of the old island here that flowered once for Dutch sailor's eyes. A fresh green breast of the new world. It's vanished trees, the trees that made way for Gatsby's house, had once pandered in whispers to the last and greatest of all human dreams and for a transitory enchanted moment man must have held his breath in the presence of this continent, compelled into an aesthetic contemplation he neither understood 'nor desired, face to face for the last time in history with something commensurate to his capacity for wonder.

Jul 16, 2013
  • Cumberbatch rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“He smiled understandingly--much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four of five times in life. It faced--or seemed to face--the whole external world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey. Precisely at that point it vanished--and I was looking at an elegant young roughneck, a year or two over thirty, whose elaborate formality of speech just missed being absurd. Some time before he introduced himself I’d got a strong impression that he was picking his words with care.”

Jul 13, 2013
  • orangeana rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"He's just a man named Gatsby."

Jul 10, 2013
  • Nataliasay97 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.” —Nick Carraway

Jul 08, 2013
  • platypus101 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.

Aug 09, 2012
  • dera444 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

They were careless people, Tom and Daisy--they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made.

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