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The Great Gatsby

by F Scott Fitzgerald

Penguin UK (PB) | May 1, 2012 | Trade Paperback

The Great Gatsby is rated 4 out of 5 by 15.
F(rancis) Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on September 24, 1896. He was educated at Princeton University and served in the U.S. Army from 1917 to 1919, attaining the rank of second lieutenant. In 1920 Fitzgerald married Zelda Sayre, a young woman of the upper class, and they had a daughter, Frances. Fitzgerald is regarded as one of the finest American writers of the 20th Century. His most notable work was the novel, The Great Gatsby (1925). The novel focused on the themes of the Roaring Twenties and of the loss of innocence and ethics among the nouveau riche. He also made many contributions to American literature in the form of short stories, plays, poetry, music, and letters. Ernest Hemingway, who was greatly influenced by Fitzgerald's short stories, wrote that Fitzgerald's talent was "as fine as the dust on a butterfly's wing." Yet during his lifetime Fitzgerald never had a best-selling novel and, toward the end of his life, he worked sporadically as a screenwriter at motion picture studios in Los Angeles. There he contributed to scripts for such popular films as Winter Carnival and Gone with the Wind. Fitzgerald's work is inseparable from the Roaring 20s. Berenice Bobs Her Hair and A Diamond As Big As The Ritz, are two short stories included in his collections, Tales of the Jazz Age and Flappers and Philosophers. His first novel The Beautiful and Damned was flawed but set up Fitzgerald's major themes of the fleeting nature of youthfulness and innocence, unattainable love, and middle-class aspiration for wealth and respectability, derived from his own courtship of Zelda. This Side of Paradise (1920) was Fitzgerald's first unqualified success. Tender Is the Night, a mature look at the excesses of the exuberant 20s, was published in 1934. Much of Fitzgerald's work has been adapted for film, including Tender is the Night , The Great Gatsby, and Babylon Revisited which was adapted as The Last Time I Saw Paris by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1954. The Last Tycoon, adapted by Paramount in 1976, was a work in progress when Fitzgerald died of a heart attack on December 21, 1940, in Hollywood, California. Fitzgerald is buried in St. Mary's Cemetery in Rockville, Maryland.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 1 pages, 7.1 × 4.4 × 0.5 in

Published: May 1, 2012

Publisher: Penguin UK (PB)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0141389931

ISBN - 13: 9780141389936

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A school book becoming a favourite. In my grade 11 high school English class we had to read this book and write an essay on it. Normally I don't read books, so starting to read this one was a challenge. At first, I thought the book was a little dry and confusing. All the symbolism within the book made me think too much and made me not enjoy the story. After that assignment, I decided to give this book another try. Now without the pressure of school, I was able to enjoy the book more and it has become one of my favourites. Even though I know nothing about the American Dream, this book put me in the place of Gatsby's shoes and brought me into his mindset. I wonder if the American Dream is the same for every American as it was for Gatsby.
Date published: 2012-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good Good book, chris browne is a noob
Date published: 2009-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good Good book, chris browne is a noob
Date published: 2009-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth reading again I first read this novel in the 10th grade, and hated it. I decided to pick up again 10 years later and am glad I did as I thoroughly enjoyed it the second time through. Fitzgerald's 1920's suburban landscape really comes to life throughout the novel, so much so that I wish it was longer than the 100-odd pages in order to spend more time getting to know the intriguing characters - especially the enigmatic Gatsby. This Wordsworth edition has a great introuduction by Guy Reynolds which enlightens the reader about the contemporary atmosphere that Fitzgerald creates - a world full of cars, telephones and other such technology that was just becoming commonplace at the time of the publication. This edition also includes many footnotes by the editors, which while often banal did come in handy in identifying many early pop culture references.
Date published: 2008-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intellectually Stimulating! The life of Jay Gatsby is facinating in itself that he depicts the ideal American dream that many of us strives for. Fitzgerald is brilliant in depicting the ideal and intellectually critiques American lifestyles, and our need to be sucessful as a cult. Although it was a hard read for a beginner, once you read deeper into the meaning and the symbolism, you enter into a world of facination for Jay Gatsby; and the lifestyle he chooses in order to achieve the ultimate success (Diasy). What the story tells us, is that although the American dream is idealized as something that can be achieved in a liberal society by everyone and anyone through hard work, the reality is, not every one can attain it- success is abstract and socially constructed so that only certain people can have it. Fitzgerald writes brilliantly in ways that uses the system of metaphors to help us understand Jay Gastby, and in turn. understand something about ourselves. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2008-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Symbolic meaning Gatsby is a great novel. I really enjoyed this one in school and found myself reading ahead of the assigned chapters. I found the most interesting part of this book was the symbolism throughout the whole thing. Fitzgerald takes the time to actually discribe the colors of their outfits and the movement of the characters. Even now I find myself picking up great classics such as this one to read for my own leasure as an adult.
Date published: 2008-01-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A chore to read Perhaps it is because I am from a far younger generation, but I found the story to be extremely dull (I couldn't even sit through the movie), and the the quality of the actual writing to be sub-par.
Date published: 2007-12-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Gatsby is the true definition of the romantic (and tragic) hero which is what makes this novel so intriguing. The hope he has to be with Daisy gives him the fierce determination needed to get him what he wants. But like Hamlet, he is corrupted by the world which surrounds him, turning this inspiring characteristic into a flaw. As Fitzgerald's most famous novel, "The Great Gatsby" is heralded by critics and perfect for any idealist.
Date published: 2006-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dramatic story-telling at its finest The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, a great novel and another one of my favourites. Its story is dramatic, sutle and in the end, heartbreaking. The novel tells us about a rich man named Gatsby, not cut out for the life of riches and fame, who throws parties constantly to see if he can meet his old love again. The theme shows us the troubles of the rich and famous and that is anybody when you are rich ever your friend? When you die, will anybody care? A tale that sticks with you and saddens you. First rate novel.
Date published: 2005-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent work, great read A startling and eye opening portrayal of not only life in the 1920s, but of love, compassion and human nature. I chose this book for my English 30-1 novel study and I fell in love with this book. The vivid details, the drama, the tragedy that unfolds at the end... This is writing at its best!
Date published: 2005-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fitzgerald's Masterpiece Some readers say that the book fails to show us life in the Roaring 20's; that was never its claim. It never said what the 20's were supposed to be like; it's just when the novel takes place simply to establish the character of Jay Gatsby and his rise to fame. Actually it does have a lot on the 20's, you just have to be perceptive; those were the years of bootlegging and high-crime, and that's how Gatsby establishes himself. It also never claims to leave readers with a revelation on the meaning of life or love or ANY such thing as that. Is there a plot? Yes, but the plot is not important. This is a character-driven story, as were most Modernist pieces, for they strove to show the experiences of the regular people. Please keep in mind that this book doesn't try to teach us anything except for what we seem to take away from it in our own opinion. If you have this version of the novel then look at the first sentence of the preface. Now, as for my opinion on why this is a masterpiece, there is one reason above all others: it is very readable. The Great Gatsby may not seduce me with its intricate devices, but the characters hold me in reading limbo. They are fantastically developed, such as Nick and his obsession for Gatsby, or Gatsby himself, who does so much for the love of Daisy. Daisy and Tom irritate me with their selfish ways, thinking they can ruin the lives of the poor simply because they're rich. This book is readable because of its characters and its smooth, easy to read langauge. It is a masterpiece in all respects.
Date published: 2004-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ITS DAMN GREAT no one knows what they are talking about. he is not a failed author, rather this american classic is just overrated and they come in expecting this great masterpiece and unfulfillable desires that cannot be met in reality. the book while does not acclaim to any spectacular or different context and resembles pioneer soap operas it is a incredible book to study and see beneath the underlying surfaces such as symbolism and other devices used that cannot be matched with just any other literary piece.
Date published: 2003-09-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from What's So Great About It? The Great Gatsby is, quite frankly, a failed work on Fitzgerald's behalf. The characters are under-developed, and what little there is to know of them is detestable, the so-called creative symbolism doesn't take a Rhodes Scholar to figure out, and there is little insight into the Roaring '20's era which so few can relate to. Any tolerable aspects of this book are ruined by the fact that it is forced upon us in high school. Also, avoid the film versions if you can - they are equally painful!
Date published: 2003-04-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The not-so-great-Gatsby This "american classic" failed to interest me despite its acclaim. I read this book years after having finishing high-school, despite the fact that in many english courses, it is required reading. I found the novel to be uninspiring, and it failed to capture my attention. Although seen as a contemporary classic, the audience will have a hard time relating to main characters that embody the life-style of the elite. The length of this novel hindered this reader the ability to identify with the characters, however, its berevity ended my dissatisfaction before I could invest too much of my interest. Please, ONLY read this book when forced to by the school board.
Date published: 2000-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Great Gatsby This novella is perfect for those who want to read the classics but don't like long stories. It is set in the infamous Jazz Age of the roaring twenties and Fitzgerald perfectly captures the qualities of this era. He writes from experience with great insight. As well as being a love story, it is a commentary on human nature and American society. You will like some characters and dislike others; the elusive Gatsby will keep you guessing.
Date published: 1999-01-11

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The Great Gatsby

by F Scott Fitzgerald

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 1 pages, 7.1 × 4.4 × 0.5 in

Published: May 1, 2012

Publisher: Penguin UK (PB)

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0141389931

ISBN - 13: 9780141389936

About the Author

F(rancis) Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on September 24, 1896. He was educated at Princeton University and served in the U.S. Army from 1917 to 1919, attaining the rank of second lieutenant. In 1920 Fitzgerald married Zelda Sayre, a young woman of the upper class, and they had a daughter, Frances. Fitzgerald is regarded as one of the finest American writers of the 20th Century. His most notable work was the novel, The Great Gatsby (1925). The novel focused on the themes of the Roaring Twenties and of the loss of innocence and ethics among the nouveau riche. He also made many contributions to American literature in the form of short stories, plays, poetry, music, and letters. Ernest Hemingway, who was greatly influenced by Fitzgerald's short stories, wrote that Fitzgerald's talent was "as fine as the dust on a butterfly's wing." Yet during his lifetime Fitzgerald never had a best-selling novel and, toward the end of his life, he worked sporadically as a screenwriter at motion picture studios in Los Angeles. There he contributed to scripts for such popular films as Winter Carnival and Gone with the Wind. Fitzgerald's work is inseparable from the Roaring 20s. Berenice Bobs Her Hair and A Diamond As Big As The Ritz, are two short stories included in his collections, Tales of the Jazz Age and Flappers and Philosophers. His first novel The Beautiful and Damned was flawed but set up Fitzgerald's major themes of the fleeting nature of youthfulness and innocence, u
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