The Great Gatsby

Kobo ebook | May 27, 2003

byF. Scott Fitzgerald

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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.

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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'...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:May 27, 2003Publisher:ScribnerLanguage:English

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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 Read it when I was 16 13 years later and It's still a favorite.
Date published: 2015-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All time favourite book I loved every aspect of this book, it was amazing.
Date published: 2015-09-21
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 3 out of 5 by from A wonderful flight into an older era with almost seemingly magical character. I watched the movie before I read the book. I actually had to read this book for book club and was great-full for the change of pace. The last book was over 500 pages and still took me a day to read either way, but I actually like The Great Gatsby's movie which was spot on the book. I was glad this was the book chosen for Book Club. I felt that Gatsby was a good character, but felt confused by him. He seemed to contradict himself in some situations but I felt he was a character developed well. He was by far one of my favourites in this book. my other favourite was probably Nick, the narrator. We knew the most about him, as it was from his point of view. I felt Nick was a good narrator as he would explain things that some audiences may not understand. Daisy's character seemed to be left to open in the end of the book. She was one of my least favourite characters because of the lack of love she shows for Gatsby in the end of the book and that made me lose all the respect I had for her. After seeing the ending in the movie, I had kind of hoped the book would be different but, like I said earlier the movie was spot-on. I was warned ahead of time I might have a hard time reading this because it was written "way back when" but honestly I had no problem reading it. I actually liked it more than I thought I would because it was one of the classics. I generally don't like classics for I feel it has a lack of romance, which I can't read a book without, but this one was actually really good. Rating: 6.9/10 Parental Rating: 14+
Date published: 2014-04-03
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 3 out of 5 by from Good Read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Where do I begin with this one? Gatsby is a classic and was on my optional reading list for school. I had chosen another novel to read but decided to read this one too because there was a movie coming to theaters that I had a major interest in seeing. I heard from many people that this was “the best book they have ever read” and that it “kept them entertained for hours”. However, when I read it, I did not experience the same thing. Even though it was very well written, I found this novel uninteresting and hard to get into. Maybe it was because this novel is almost a century old and the diction of writers has changed since then. Maybe it was because I read it at a time that I didn’t have a lot going on and was using this novel to keep me entertained. Or maybe it was because I had such high expectations for it. Overall, The Great Gatsby tells a great story of a man and his parties. It is a deep novel that will invoke some deep thinking. I personally think the movie was more enjoyable than the novel, quite possibly because there was less description of what was going on and more dialogue. I have found that I enjoy novels with some description but with an equal amount of dialogue just to keep things interesting. I believe that if this novel were to have more conversational portions, I would have enjoyed it a lot more. All in all, if you are looking for a thought-provoking novel that must be read more than once to get the full meaning; then this is one for you!
Date published: 2013-10-13
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 3 out of 5 by from Is opulence king? Guess it may fair well in some circles... 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.
Date published: 2013-06-21
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 4 out of 5 by from A modern classic "The Great Gatsby" is widely considered a modern classic, and I can easily understand why: it has depth, emotion and an "eloquence" that is hard to describe. F. Scott Fitzgerald creates a haunting look at the richest poor man in the world, Jay Gatsby. Gatsby isn't everything that he appears to be. He hosts all encompassing parties where almost everyone from New York is invited to attend, lives in a mansion, and has servants galore, but in the end he has nothing. Now the reason I did not give this book more stars is because there were occasional stretches of tedium that did not focus on Gatsby at all and did not seem to have anything to do with the main plot. Given that the book is only 183 pages long, those short stretches seemed to be longer than usual and really took from the flow of the book. Still very good despite the not so happy, but expected, ending.
Date published: 2013-05-20
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 2 out of 5 by from Once was enough So I really wanted to re-read Gatsby before the movie opens at Christmas 2012. I had read this book in high school and was afraid that I had missed the enjoyment factor of the book because I was too busy over-analyzing the story for an english project. However, turned out I really didn't miss much of anything. The language Fitzgerald uses really speaks to the excesses of Gatsby and his elite friends, turns of phrase such as "bleeding fluently" really stand out for me. However, there really wasn't much to the story itself, and I grew bored, pushing myself to read through to the end. One read through was definitely enough (but I am looking forward to Hollywood's version!)
Date published: 2012-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! The Great Gatsby is one of those books that everyone should read at some point in their life. The book is getting close to being a century old and is still present in pop culture. Like many ‘classics’ it is tough to put your finger on what exactly is so great about The Great Gatsby. All I can say is that there is just something about it. An aura that very few works of art can achieve and continue to radiate many years later. It is a story where all that glitters is not gold. Where a person’s social status may not correlate with their character. It also has the original legendary playboy Jay Gatsby whose parties are so well described by the narrator they grab a unique hold of your imagination. The reader will easily find intrigue. I found myself amazed at how universal the story remains despite its deep roots in a period of history. The book captures a time where the economy boomed and emotions were volatile but the human story is where the real magic is. To me, The Great Gatsby is ‘the’ Great American Novel. Check out my first published work Defenseless
Date published: 2012-07-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Classic Read If possible I would have given this look 3.5. It was an enjoyable little read. It was not an absorbing book, but the plot I found realitivly simple and easy to follow. This is a classic worth the time and energy to read.
Date published: 2012-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Jewel of the Bygone Era I like the charm you get in this book. If you know the history and the things that happened in the U.S. during the Roaring Twenties, I bet you can read through this classic. It is about a love story when love between a man and a woman is still a serious affair. Women are treated like trophies by men (especially rich men). It is an interesting novel to read over your long days. It might be a classic but is still, nonetheless, a really good book to read when travelling. It takes you in a whole other time when money is abundant and when lost love is filled with bittersweet memories.
Date published: 2012-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read The Great Gatsby is possibly the most well-loved of all of Fitzgerald's books for its explorations of the American dream and lost love. Basically, the book is about a man named Gatsby who is madly in love with Daisy. Years later, he becomes rich and throws extravagant parties at his place to try and attract her. The results however, only end in the unraveling of Gatsby's beloved dream. It is not the most thrilling read; only one or two parts were really exciting, and the book paces on at a slow, leisurely place. It is not as great as I have seen reviews to make it out to be, but it certainly is a good piece of classic English literature. It is also very short, so if you are looking for a good short read, give the Great Gatsby a gander.
Date published: 2011-08-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from horrible! This has got to be one of the worst books I have ever read. From the beginning to the end, nothing is really interesting. The plot was boring and at the end it seemed like all the characters we're killed off to finish the story. I don't know how this is "a classic"
Date published: 2010-12-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Hard to follow If you like a book about how dramatic others peoples lives are then you will like this book. It is like a soap opera and all about the characters. Personally I did not like this book at all mostly to do with falling asleep trying to realize who is having an affair with who.
Date published: 2010-11-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Character Analysis This book is definitely a book all about the characters. You have to take a step back, reflect on all the events passed, and dissect all the characters to fully understand their actions. I know that is a very generalized description, but that's one what I can put it. It may not be a page turner, but it's a thinker.
Date published: 2009-09-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a fan It may be a classic, but I had to force myself to keep reading. I love to read, and I found this particular book kind of painful.
Date published: 2009-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read This Again Okay, admittedly this is a very safe pick - probably all of you were forced to read this classic of F. Scott Fitzgerald in high school. But the reason this 1920's novel is still studied is it's continued relevance to how things are today. The yearning we all feel to "live the good life", as how it's portrayed by the media, has never been stronger, so surely we can all identify with Gatsby's hunger to be accepted as part of society's elite. Of course, it's all an illusion, isn't it. As Gatsby finds out the hard way, and as the narrator and the reader come to realize. F. Scott Fitzgerald had enormous success as a young writer, and then faded quickly, dying at a relatively young age, mired in obscurity.
Date published: 2008-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from For the hopeless romantic.... I never expected to name The Great Gatsby as my favourite book of all time but when I finished it I knew that it had to be. There's something magical and lyrical about Fitzgerald's writing; its more than writing it's like art! If you're in love with love and the beauty of words then do not hesitate to pick up this book! "All I kept thinking over and over was you can't live forever, you can't live forever...."
Date published: 2008-04-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Then the book gets really good around page 120. Then it's over. So I started reading this book, and I found it really boring. Okay, there's this guy, Gatsby, who's kind of mysterious and it turns out he changed his name. Maybe I missed a crucial detail, but his "transformation" is simply not that interesting. Then the book gets really good around page 120. Then it's over.
Date published: 2008-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "They carelessly smashed up things and people..." Fitzgerald's writing is the most beautiful I've ever read! Only he could ever pen the words, "young clerks waiting in the dusk wasting the most precious moments of night and life...". the story in it's short beauty is perfect! i find no flaws in it and i highly recmmmend it to anybody with a romantic spirit.
Date published: 2008-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Ain't we got fight club: Not really a review of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby There is much I could say about THE GREAT GATSBY that would do justice to its already established place in the literary canon. It is a great book. Even if it isn’t one of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s best, it still stands as one of the great novels that you can read over and over again. Given what I can’t say about it, I’ll write about what I can say about it. Fans of Chuck Palahniuk may already know this. THE GREAT GATSBY was Palahniuk’s model for FIGHT CLUB. Early on Palahniuk identified it as the book most influential on his interest and writings (Illiterary). On several other occasions he’s also remarked: “I think that the central, most American literary theme is the invention of the self. We see it in Henry James’s Bostonians; we see it in The Great Gatsby; we see it in Breakfast at Tiffany’s…” (Powells interview; see also A.V. Club interview). He also mentions it in the foreword to the latest edition of Ken Kesey’s Cuckoo’s Nest. Palahniuk’s work swirls around the reinvention of identity. Over and over again. Jay Gatsby is one of the great reinventions of identity and for what? Love. So, how surprising is this? Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan, and Nick Carraway. Tyler Durden, Marla Singer, and the narrator. See my February 2008 post in the Reading Chuck Palahniuk archive for the links cited above. There are too many great lines and quotes from the novel to begin even the vaguest sample, so I won’t.
Date published: 2008-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Book The Great Gatsby is very riveting. I found myself having troubles setting it down. I decided to dip my toes into a new reading genre and I'm very glad I did so. This book gives us all some analysis and connection with certain aspects of life. I don’t know about other readers but at points you could completely empathize with the characters and what was happening to them. It truly gives an essence of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s insight on life, personalities, relationships and how they are interconnected, and in some odd cases suffocate you. At worst relationships can undermine your better judgment, and take over your sensibility. You are constantly making judgements about characters, and they change very quickly. We get to ‘know’ the characters, and feel from Nick’s view. We explore the worse and best of falling into your past. He makes you think a bit. I’m sure some would call this book tedious. I just think those people need to give it a chance and read into the societal and psychological motions. It is timeless, and you can absolutely imagine this twentieth century book with modern day issues. This is a stunning success. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I adore Fitzgerald’s writing. It's a classic.
Date published: 2007-03-07