The Great Gatsby by F Scott FitzgeraldThe Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

byF Scott Fitzgerald

Paperback | May 1, 2012


A beautiful new edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby to coincide with the release of Baz Luhrmann's film.

'There was music from my neighbour's house through the summer nights. In his blue gardens men and girls came and went like moths among the whisperings and the champagne and the stars.'

Everybody who is anybody is seen at the glittering parties held in millionaire Jay Gatsby's mansion in West Egg, east of New York. The riotous throng congregates in his sumptuous garden, coolly debating Gatsby's origins and mysterious past. None of the frivolous socialites understands him and among various rumours is the conviction that 'he killed a man'. A detached onlooker, Gatsby is oblivious to the speculation he creates, but always seems to be watching and waiting, though no one knows what for.

As writer Nick Carraway is drawn into this decadent orbit, Gatsby's destructive dreams and passions are revealed, leading to disturbing and tragic consequences.

'Not only a page turner and heartbreaker, it's one of the most quintessentially American novels ever written' Time

F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St Paul, Minnesota in 1896. He studied at Princeton University before joining the army in 1917. In 1920 he married Zelda Sayre. Their traumatic relationship and subsequent breakdowns became a major influence on his writing. Among his publications were five novels, This Side of Paradise, The Great Gatsby, The Beautiful and the Damned, Tender is the Night and The Last Tycoon (his last and unfinished work); six volumes of short stories and The Crack-Up, a selection of autobiographical pieces. F. Scott Fitzgerald died suddenly in 1940.

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1941) was one of the literary titans of the 20th century. A member of the “Lost Generation” of the 1920s, Fitzgerald’s writings best captured what he termed “The Jazz Age,” a period of declining traditional American values, prohibition and speakeasies, and great leaps in modernist trends.
Title:The Great GatsbyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:1 pages, 7.07 × 4.32 × 0.48 inPublished:May 1, 2012Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141389931

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from a true reveal of humanity References to this book kept coming up and for the life of me, I couldn't recall a thing about the story. Mind you, it's been about forty years since I read it during high school. When I told friends I was going to read it again, several told me not to waste my time or not to bother with such an old book. It was written in 1925. I pressed on regardless of their comments.As I listened to the audio book I started to wonder how this book had such staying power. The opening chapters were rather boring. Now whether this was the causal reading by the narrator or it was too long drawn of an intro, I can't say. Once Daisy was introduced, my interest started to pick up and by the time Jay Gatsby appeared, I was into the tale.I still won't say it was an amazing book, but I am glad I re-read it. It is a tale that plays out time and again. Love is never a straight path and even if you can get what you think you want, it's not always what you need. An then there are the crazy rich people, who just have no concept of reality. They live their indolent lives with no notice nor concern for the wreckage they leave behind them.
Date published: 2018-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my favorite One of my favorite Classic for a long time! So romantic, but tragic. Just a life that everyone drams of, and at the same time everyone does not.
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Fitzgerald is incredible. This book is an easy to read classic with so many Major themes. The theme of wealth disparity and how it is tied with social class is particularly well-thought out and is sadly still very relevant today
Date published: 2018-08-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun The hype for this book is a little overrated, but it is still a fun read.
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Enjoyed It This book was pretty good although it had a very sad ending I still quiet enjoyed it. Reading about the life of Jay Gatsby was quiet interesting.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic A must-read! I recommend reading the book instead of watching the movie. I read this book in school but have read it several times afterwards. A classic tale of jealousy, lust, heartbreak and human emotion.
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic! A book to read that should be on everyone's bucket list!
Date published: 2018-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic! Great classic novel with lots of life lessons to teach! Very interesting story!
Date published: 2018-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Loved reading about the jazz era. A very interesting read. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful book! I loved reading this book. It kept me continually interested and on the edge of my seat. All of the characters are strong and well-developed, which allows the reader to be so moved. What a wonderful, love-filled book!
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this The Great Gatsby is one of those books that you hear about, that you see referenced a million times over but, you don't really get it until you read it, and more than that - until you see what the characters saw and what the characters felt. We are all Gatsby, and we are all Daisy. Life seems to pour from this book in the most heartbreaking and real ways possible. Always always will be my favourite classic on the list. Please please read this book!
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than the movie As with most books, it is much better to read them than to watch the film remake!
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic! I think that this book is a classic that everyone should read at least once in their life just to have read it! Even though, I read it a little bit ago, I still think it's one of my favourite books!
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good! The best book I ever read for an English class. The perspective from which this book is written, the plot, the characters--everything is great.
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow Great book every time I read it
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Story I had to read this book in grade 11 English class and I honestly love the story! I relate so much to Daisy.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Over-Hyped This book had so many good ratings and I was so hyped up to read it, however it did not live up to the hype. Still really good. But not over-the-top amazing.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It! I highly recommend reading this book whilst sipping a glass of cold wine on a lazy summer afternoon!
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story much much better than the movie!
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good it was an interesting book.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book The book reflect well the time period and showed its reader multiple interesting and fascinating themes. The characters' development also made this book interesting to read along the symbols and the hidden meanings of many objects or people in the story.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Spectacular! I loved the book and the movie. I love the story and symbolism in the book. It's one of the classics that I enjoyed!
Date published: 2016-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Masterpiece! I absolutely loved this novel! The plot was amazing and the themes discussed were very thought-provoking. I definitely now understand why this novel is considered a classic!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story I divided to read the book before the movie came out. Really enjoyed it. Fast read and a great story. Some definite life lessons to be learned.
Date published: 2015-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Felt as though I was there Illustrates well the scenery, and you get a true sense of how it feels to be in a room with the characters.
Date published: 2015-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful I finally re-read this classic tale of love, excess, melancholy and the American Dream. The writing is beautiful, refined and elegant. The story is enfolding and gripping. I think the tale of Jay Gatsby’s climb up the social echelon to attempt to finally love Daisy in reality, rather than dreams, just gets better with age.
Date published: 2014-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! Book 10 of 15: F. Scott Fitzgerald's prose is beautiful! That alone had me hooked and I powered through 7 out of 9 chapters in one sitting! I almost regret not having read it sooner... the book deserves, every bit, the 'Great American Novel' title! There are certain books I've read in my lifetime I wish I could re-read, without any prior memory, and re-experience the magic: the Harry Potter series, The Alchemist and The Book Thief to name a few... Gatsby is definitely going on that list! Too bad the ending was revealed to me in another book, before I could read it in the final chapters of The Great Gatsby; didn't make it any less heartbreaking though. #readingchallenge2014
Date published: 2014-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Great Gatsby Loved it....looking forward to the movie!
Date published: 2014-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Felt as though I was there I really enjoyed this book. It was an easy read, and I enjoyed the authors writing style.
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Great Gatsby I thought long and hard about what I wanted to say in regards to The Great Gatsby. When I closed the book last night, I knew that it had reserved a spot in my top five favorite books of all time, I just didn't understand why. When I compared it to what I consider to be my favorite book, The Stand, I couldn't put together a reason as to why it can stand on equal footing (no pun intended). The Stand is about 10 Gatsby's in length and is so thick with plot and sheer amount of characters that sticking it on the same proverbial shelf with such a smaller and much more simple book is mind boggling. Sure, it has a massive amount of critical praise and is widely considering one of the greatest American novels of all time but why? On it's surface, the story about a charismatic and mysterious millionaire didn't appear to be anything original. It also didn't help that almost nothing happens within the first 50 pages. However, both of those points did nothing to explain why I couldn't put it down. I thought about it for a while and decided that I'm simply going to have to blame Fitzgerald's writing. Anyone can write about parties, career choices and conversations over tea but to do it in a way that makes it hard to look away is wholly impressive. There were passages that I had to re-read and then re-re-read. The opener of this review may be one of my all time favorite quotes. Then again, I could always blame his characters. Nick Carraway is an every man that you can easily identify with. As he explains the grandeur and majesty of Gatsby's parties, the caliber of guests it draws and the overall atmosphere of a post-war America; he does so in a way that leaves you longing to visit the era yet refusing to oversell it. How in the world can someone do that? It's not as easy as telling someone about how historic an event is and following it up with, "Yeah.. it was OK, I guess." I could also throw blame in the direction of that scene in the Plaza Hotel. I'm not going to give anything away (and honestly, I don't think I could as I may be the last person to read this book) but the tension in that room was like nothing I've ever read. I almost couldn't deal with the awkward vibe that Fitzgerald projected here, especially when you consider the headstrong self-righteousness that Gatsby bases his whole existence on. Look, this is a great book and certainly a classic. I doubt I brought anything new to the table here with my thoughts but I think if you ever have any reservations about reading this, you should toss them right out the window. I have been consistently prodded to read this book over the last year and for whatever reason, it constantly moved down on my to-read list. What an error on my part!
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Can't wait to see the movie!
Date published: 2013-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from In love with Jay Gatsby @ the moment Gatsby's entire life was devoted to the faint hope of rekindling his old love affair with Daisy. He was a victim of unrequited love. Daisy just didn't reciprocate the way Gatsby expected or deserved for that matter. "Great Gatsby" ... in my eyes A " Gentle Giant" The book just brings u through a different journey with Gatsby. Loved it.
Date published: 2013-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Great Gatsby I saw the movie before reading the book. Glad I did it in that order because I would have been disappointed in the movie.
Date published: 2013-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Great Gatsby Kept me up all night. Definitely a lot more romantic than I expected. An easy read filled with twists and turns and a lot left for the reader to analyze for themselves; perhaps this is what makes it a classic. Very easy to imagine and picture as a non fiction tale because it encompasses a plethora of natural flaws that humans are born with or tempted into. I could go on...But the sheer amount of poetic, memorable quotes, all summed up in such a light read, are definitely worth a glace, even for the busiest of people.
Date published: 2013-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book Glad I read it before the movie came out. Such an unexpected end.
Date published: 2013-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply lovely. Beautifully written and reflective of it's time period. Gatsby is a complex and mysterious character--the best kind!
Date published: 2013-04-02
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 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