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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ISBN - 10:074324639X

ISBN - 13:9780743246392

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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 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