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The Great Gatsby

Fitzgerald, F. Scott (Book - 2000 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Great Gatsby


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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: Edition statement and publication date found in foreword
"This is the definitive, textually accurate edition..." -- Jacket
Additional Contributors: Bruccoli, Matthew J. - 1931-2008 - (Matthew Joseph),
ISBN: 0684830426
9780684830421
Branch Call Number: FICTION FITZGERAL 2000
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The Great Gatsby revolves around an extremely rich man, Gatsby who throws these extravagant parties, all to get his lover back. It is narrated by Nick Caraway, Jay Gatsby's next door neighbor, a distance cousin of Gatsby's lover, Daisy- who is now married. The Great Gatsby is a novel I wanted to read for some time now and I was super excited when I finally got my hands on a copy. It was definitely an interesting read, and I loved the feel of it being set in the 1920s. The 1920s was most certainly a fascinating era, as everything was changing so quickly, the world was shaping into what it is today. One of the main central issues in the great Gatsby that Fitzgerald does an excellent job of illustrating is power and money. He captures money's power to corrupt, one of my favourite quotes that illustrates this is "They were careless people — Tom and Daisy — they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money …” saying that the rich escape from the consequences of their actions through the comfort of money. What I also found about this novel is that even though it has taken place a long time ago, it remains relevant. People can still read this and connect to Gatsby, Daisy or Tom. Even though the world has come so far from what it had been in the 1920s, we as humans did not change all that much. We still feel that same emotions of love, hate and betrayal and this will never change as long as we interact with one another in terms of love, loyalty and friendship.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a timeless and classic novel that I really enjoyed. The Great Gatsby is a story about a mysterious man by the name of Jay Gatsby and his love for greatness and an already married woman by the name of Daisy Buchannan. Through the eyes of a man named Nick Carraway; Daisy’s cousin and Gatsby’s neighbor we see the rise and the tragic fall of Gatsby, a man who dreamt big and passionately. Throughout the novel we see a deadly love triangle form between Gatsby, Daisy and her very rich husband Tom Buchanan, while Nick and others see witness the disasters that come from this triangle. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is a novel that despite taking place in the 1920’s is still a relevant novel today. Some of the main themes of The Great Gatsby include Love and Deceit. The Characters throughout this novel go through a lot of development. I found myself loving than hating some characters in this book and other characters I felt a great attachment to.The Great Gatsby is novel that starts off really slow, it may seem dull and boring to some, but if you keep reading you’ll be hooked to this unique story line. Fitzgerald’s writing itself is very unique, the book is very well written. You will learn a few new words after finishing this novel. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is classic novel and is definitely worth the read, I would rate it a 9/10!

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  • vwruleschick rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

It took a little to get into the story and characters (as I had a hard time relating to any of them), but also takes place in the late 20s/early 30s in the Jazz Age. You meet uber-rich couple who don't show love to each other or their child. But end up broken-hearted with drama that entails this classic tale. You may be rich, but happiness may not find you.

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  • loudem rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Good book. Well told. In the end Gatsby remains a mystery; Daisy remains a false dream only attracted to money and the easy life. For her, Gatsby was only a toy, a diversion, a way to past another dull day.

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  • ericnorcross rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My absolute favorite book. Gatsby may be a sociopath but we root for him because deep down we can all relate to him. What if your significant other married the wrong person? What if your significant other turned out to be one of the worst kinds of people? In addition the prose is of the highest caliber.

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  • xaipe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my all-time favorite books and my favorite American novel. Concise, well-crafted, and very relevant to our times. A portrait of a man corrupted by greed and desperate for love but unable to give or receive it beyond offering his wealth trophies to the woman he loves. Fitzgerald's writing is a study in how to convey an entire world as concisely and evocatively as possible. Most movie versions I've seen of the book do not come close to doing it justice.

I can NOT wait to read this and I'm only 8th in line :)

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  • EuSei rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Definitely not literature meant for the young, this book has grown in importance lately due to that movie with—of all people!—Leonardo di Caprio. A decent read, nothing really special and, as someone else pointed out before me, a very weak plot at the beginning. The movie with Robert Redford, then a gorgeous young man, is way better than the book itself.

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  • orangeana rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was amazing! I wanted to read it because of Baz Luhrmann's movie at first, and I'm glad I did. I thought that anything written before 1980 was boring and difficult to read, but when I got Gatsby, I realized what a small book it was. So I started reading and really got into it. I realized Jay Gatsby represents America in the 1920's. He's glamorous, rich, but no one really knows who he is. At the end of the book, Jay dies, just as America went into the Great Depression in the '30's. Although nothing major happens in the book, no major plot or anything, in the end the whole story is wrapped up and complete. It's disappointing that Gatsby and Daisy couldn't be together and I found it very sad how only two people came to his funeral. Also, I thought that the characters in it were weak. They were voiceless and they didn't take control. But I don't really mind that because these characters were almost like real people - not idealistic like a lot of characters in books. Their personalities and character traits were extreme, but the way they thought and acted were just like the thoughts and actions of regular people. The only thing I found really awkward was that the story was told from the perspective of Nick Carraway, Gatsby's next door neighbor and Daisy's second cousin. But then I realized that Nick became Gatsby's best friend. Gatsby was a really lonely man - he had everything he wanted but he was really lonely - and I think that Nick was good for him. And at the end when Nick was the one who tried to get people to come to Gatsby's funeral, I mean, that's what a real friend does. So yeah, I was really satisfied with this book and I definitely tag it with 'must-read' - not only because it's one of the greatest books of the 20th century, but because it's really a GOOD BOOK!

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  • Nataliasay97 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Book was great! explained the theme of American Dream perfectly!!! I hated how Daisy lead Gatsby and didnt show up to his funeral. Nick continued to keep Wilsons affair a secret and lead Gatsby to believe Daisy would fall in love with him again. When Nick allowed Daisy to come over his house and not invite her husband. The green light symbolizes a dream Gatsby couldnt reached becuase Daisy wasnt possible. I enjoyed this book and felt the emotons Gatsby felt. I am so disgusted with the ending , when many people didnt show up to Gtaby funeral , when it was them causing his death.

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  • 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.

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  • 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. Availability

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Other: uses some terms such as bootlegging

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

Other: irrevocable awesomeness.

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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.

unjustly accused of being

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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.

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“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.”

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"He's just a man named Gatsby."

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

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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.

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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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  • mbazal rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"Whenever you feel like criticizing any one...just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had." "I hope she'll be a fool - that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool....You see, I think everything's terrible anyhow....And I know. I've been everywhere and seen everything and done everything." "...with every word she was drawing further and further into herself, so he gave that up, and only the dead dream fought on as the afternoon slipped away, trying to touch what was no longer tangible, struggling unhappily, undespairingly, toward that lost voice across the room."

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"I was thirty. Before me stretched the portentous, menacing road of a new decade. It was seven o’clock when we got into the coupé with him and started for Long Island. Tom talked incessantly, exulting and laughing, but his voice was as remote from Jordan and me as the foreign clamour on the sidewalk or the tumult of the elevated overhead. Human sympathy has its limits, and we were content to let all their tragic arguments fade with the city lights behind. Thirty – the promise of a decade of loneliness, a thinning list of single men to know, a thinning briefcase of enthusiasm, thinning hair. But there was Jordan beside me, who, unlike Daisy, was too wise ever to carry well-forgotten dreams from age to age. As we passed over the dark bridge her wan face fell lazily against my coat’s shoulder and the formidable stroke of thirty died away with the reassuring pressure of her hand. So we drove on toward death through the cooling twilight."

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