The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

Book - 1996
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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. Bathtub gin, flappers and house parties that last all week enliven Fitzgerald's classic tale, a startling portrait of Gatsby's search for meaning in his opulent world.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, [1996]
ISBN: 9780684830421
0684830426
Branch Call Number: FICTION FITZGERAL 1996
Characteristics: 172 p. ; 25 cm

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Jay Gatsby's underlying motivations for pursuing power and money are revealed through another pursuit - Daisy.

(1925)
"At the end of World War I, the United States enjoyed the 'roaring 20s', a period of unprecedented prosperity marred by corruption, bootlegging, and the carelessness of the very rich. Enter Nick Carraway, the narrator of Jay Gatsby's tragic history with which Fitzgerald exposes the h... Read More »

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 »


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Mrojas0799
Jul 14, 2017

The characters in this story are classic, which is what has made it live on for so many years.

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Nabata
Jul 04, 2017

I loved how the book started with nick's opening statement that showed the type of person Nick was.I also loved how Fitzgerald explained the characters and how he showed how passionate Gatsby was for Daisy.Also how detailed everything was, for example :"On Sunday morning while church bells rang in the villages alongshore, the world and its mistress returned to Gatsby's house and twinkled hilariously on his lawn."
overall The Great Gatsby was a great book.

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VonHafenstaaad
Jun 04, 2017

The Great Gatsby is widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of American fiction. It tells of the mysterious Jay Gatsby’s grand effort to win the love of Daisy Buchanan, the rich girl who embodies for him the promise of the American dream. Deeply romantic in its concern with self-making, ideal love, and the power of illusion, it draws on modernist techniques to capture the spirit of the materialistic, morally adrift, post-war era Fitzgerald dubbed “the jazz age.” Gatsby’s aspirations remain inseparable from the rhythms and possibilities suggested by modern consumer culture, popular song, the movies; his obstacles inseparable from contemporary American anxieties about social mobility, racial mongrelization, and the fate of Western civilization.

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darcyhudjik
May 08, 2017

This is a well written book with well developed characters.

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fledge
Feb 25, 2017

A classic. Fitzgerald pored over his prose many times, and it shows. The writing is marvelous, and the story propels the reader onward. Nothing is wasted, and nothing is superfluous. A crisp 200 pages that doesn’t suffer the bloat of today’s 800-page yawners. Highly recommended.

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Alanreviews
Feb 17, 2017

This book is a good book. It is fast paced with vivid imagery. The words are poetic. Themes are complicated and simple.

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thebookllama
Feb 07, 2017

I’m going to start off by saying that I’m honestly appalled at the number of people that I follow on Goodreads who didn’t seem to like this book! I know, I know, everyone is allowed free speech and they can have their own opinions, but really, so many people disliked this book! But if you haven’t read it , I say this: This book is a myriad of symbols, wealth, and several characters that you may find exceptionally dislikable, but that is no reason to dislike the story itself. It’s an intriguing story, nonetheless, and please don’t cast it aside because Daisy Buchanan is vapid or annoying or some other reason. I hope you enjoy it!

*Ye Olde Spoiler Section*

Hello! I’m assuming most of you had a safe journey to the spoiler section, so here we go!

I think that the thing that made this book great for me, was having a narrator who wasn’t exceptionally narcissistic or obsessing over some girl he wouldn’t get in the end. Nick told everything as it was, without trying to pull everything in his favor or force others into his life. He was a normal guy, living in a small, modest home next to the extremely wealthy Gatsby.

Jay Gatsby. Where to start? This man has forced his life to follow his American Dream, the dream that gets him Daisy, the dream that gets him a huge house and a comfortable life, but at what cost? Jay didn’t realize that his extreme efforts would cost him as much his life. Happy endings existed only in his mind. He pictured a world with Daisy at his side, one where he wasn’t a lonely soul drifting through the days, searching for something that he’d never find. Money, it turns out, didn’t do the trick for him.

And now I will shriek my eternal love for the 20s! I mean the clothes and the music, GAHHHHHH. It’s just so fascinating, this time was really the bee’s knees. I’m also fond of the Diviners series by Libba Bray. I’m fairly sure we’ll be waiting maybe ten-ish years for book three (kidding, but it’s going to be a while!). I think it’s simply amazing.

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vlidia
Sep 23, 2016

Fun fact: look at the eyes on the cover closely. I don't think a lot of people know what behind them... Just in the cover there is a story. https://prezi.com/pr9h7zdudyn2/the-great-gatsbys-cover-art-symbolism/

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 08, 2016

The Great Gatsby is a twentieth-century classic that is a beautifully crafted venture through America in the 1920s. This is a book that really doesn’t slow down from beginning to end, and never feels as if a page is wasted. The text is rich with metaphor and parallel, and there are many a lesson to be learned from this classic. This is one of those novels you must read, but you won’t have to force yourself to finish – it won’t let you set it down until the tale is done.
- @FalcoLombardi of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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patcarstensen
Aug 14, 2016

You do have to admit that Fitzgerald doesn't know much gardening -- even in Minnesota, jonquils don't bloom in July!

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a_pitts Jul 05, 2017

"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

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emilyk5
Jun 13, 2016

"Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter - to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther...And one fine morning -

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

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booksophie
Jun 05, 2016

“Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!”

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fayekate
Aug 29, 2015

“The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.”

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GinaGirl21
Jun 10, 2015

"You can still see that green light.."

Laura_X May 15, 2015

In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.

ilowelife Mar 28, 2014

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.

nicolajruiz Feb 25, 2014

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.

2pod Feb 14, 2014

unjustly accused of being

ericnorcross Sep 22, 2013

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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Alanreviews
Feb 17, 2017

Other: Alcohol and smoking. This happened in the 20s

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Alanreviews
Feb 17, 2017

Sexual Content: Cheating, kissing, dating

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Alanreviews
Feb 17, 2017

Coarse Language: Infrequent. No s word and f word. Just damn, hell, son of bitch

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csrestall
Apr 21, 2016

Sexual Content: Sexual innuendos

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csrestall
Apr 21, 2016

Violence: Car accidents, violence, murder

Nataliasay97 Jul 10, 2013

Other: uses some terms such as bootlegging

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Hello_Seattle
Mar 04, 2013

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

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Shamhatter
Jan 08, 2012

Other: irrevocable awesomeness.

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mbazal
Nov 24, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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csrestall
Apr 21, 2016

Nick the narrator lives next door to Jay Gatsby who is a rich man living in an elaborate house. Throwing many parties with many guests. He is infatuated with a woman named Daisy which motivates many of his decisions.

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GinaGirl21
Jun 10, 2015

I man falls in love and after many years, the woman he loves has been married and has a daughter. Her cousin is a middle man in the relationship to help them sneak around behind the husbands back.

Nataliasay97 Jul 10, 2013

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.

JODI ARONOFF Jun 25, 2012

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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tt14 Jun 18, 2012

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

FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

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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mbazal
Nov 24, 2008

“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."

heatherlynn Mar 14, 2008

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