The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

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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. This is the definitive, textually accurate edition of a classic of twentieth-century literature, The Great Gatsby. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan has been acclaimed by generations of readers; however the first edition contained a number of errors resulting from Fitzgerald's extensive revisions and a rushed production schedule.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2018.
Edition: Scribner trade paperback edition April 2018.
Copyright Date: ©1953
ISBN: 9780743273565
Branch Call Number: FITZG
Characteristics: xvii, 184 pages

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Arnavb1
Jul 06, 2020

The novel, Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a literary must-read that tells the story of a man who had it all and both his meteoric rise to fame and his quick demise. The novel follows the story of the mysteriously wealthy Jay Gatsby(the man who has it all) and his journey for true love that he is constantly seeking. This is all told through the wide eyes of Nick Carraway, an ordinary person who is just as amazed of this life of luxury as the reader. This book is an extremely good read and because it was written a long time ago, the vocabulary is unfamiliar to some readers. I would rate this book 12+ because it contains some mature themes.

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kendra1972
Jul 02, 2020

The Great Gatsby is a fun read. Until someone gets hurt. I first read this in high school and I have read it many times since. It's not a deep read, very enjoyable yet tragic. It's decadent.

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gippy011
Jun 30, 2020

The Great Gatsby Review
The Great Gatsby is a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald where a young man named Jay Gatsby navigates the life of the Roaring Twenties in his wealthy circle all in the name of love for one person. It can be surmised very quickly that there’s a reason this became a literary classic. This is a novel with something to say about the American lifestyle and the struggle to attain a certain goal. It speaks to the larger idea of the American Dream and what it means. While nothing really happens in the novel other than some parties and a few major events here and there Fitzgerald seems to want to say something and one must read between those lines to fully understand the review and what it’s trying to say about the culture of materialism. Gatsby is a really compelling character as is Tom Buchanan and Nick Carraway despite being little more than a narrator and side character does have his moments. This is one of those novels for people who like to dig deep into dialogue and symbolism and imagery among other literary aspects. And at that, it succeeds and when a reader comes into it with that attitude they get the most out of it and really learn more.

4.5 out of 5 stars
Age Rating: 16-above

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amithv
Jun 28, 2020

The Great Gatsby is a beautifully-written and honest novel which depicts a struggle that resides in all of us: the struggle towards great things that are often unattainable. Jay Gatsby, one of the main characters, is a mysterious millionaire who has fallen in love with a socialite named Daisy Buchanan. The only problem is, Daisy Buchanan is married to another man. What ensues is a confusing love-triangle-lattice thing between several people which leads to intense jealousy, anger, and eventual death. What makes this novel one of the best is that it is very real and it deals with a conflict that every one of us faces. It teaches readers a valuable lesson: that they may not always get what they desire, and that desire may lead to terrible consequences.

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archishan
May 28, 2020

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a revolutionary novel discussing the theme of social stratification during the roaring 20’s. Published in 1925, this novel introduces the idea of lavish parties, rising gender roles, and the value of money. The novel follows the journey of a working class man who earns new money, struggles with competitors with old money, and overcomes obstacles to rekindle his past love. This novel is a classic and I definitely recommend reading it.

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dgiard
May 08, 2020

Young Nick Carraway spent the summer of 1922 in East Egg Long Island, renting a home next to the mansion of the enigmatic Jay Gatsby. A plethora of rumours about Gatsby bounced around the small community: Gatsby is the son of European royalty; he was a German spy in the war; he once killed a man.

The two men become friends and Gatsby asks Nick to help him re-connect with his former lover Daisy Buchanan, who is now trapped in a loveless marriage.

There are many reasons why F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" is a classic. It captures the spirit of the wealthy elite in the Jazz Age of 1920s America; it sings of lost love and unattainable love; and it is the kind of timeless tragedy that stays with the reader long after the novel is finished.

Gatsby represents the American dream of the self-made man, yet the old money of Long Island looks down on him. He cannot let go of the past, so he buys a mansion across the bay from his former lover; he throws lavish parties in the hope that she will attend. Gatsby reinvents himself; and he amasses a fortune, thinking it will win Daisy's heart and rekindle what they once had. He does not consider that Daisy is not the girl she was; or that she was never the girl he believed her to be. He is in love with a vision of her from the past - a vision that was never real.

Gatsby is likeable; Daisy's husband Tom is arrogant and unfaithful and violent. But Tom is from old money; born into a higher caste. And this makes a difference to Daisy.

It is a tragic story of the shallowness and arrogance of the financial and social elite. Gatsby idealized Daisy; in the same way, people overestimate the positive effect that money will have on their life. There is an emptiness inside so many of the characters.

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lkim17
May 08, 2020

Set in the summer of 1922, Jay Gatsby embarks to seek and win back his love, Daisy Buchanan, despite her already being married. Gatsby’s neighbor, Nick Calloway, watches the drama unroll as he narrates the story. The Great Gatsby is highly unique in its social and idealist themes, as well as a sort of antithesis to the American Dream. Set in the Roaring Twenties, the novel not only supplies a layer of beauty and prosperity but also details in the darker undersides of such a time. Gatsby’s entrancement in Daisy leads into a web of affairs, drama, more. This novel highlights hedonistic appeals of the Roaring Twenties, and shines a light into the social pyramid of which the book revolves around. Personally, I liked this book due to its undercurrent of themes and literary devices.

JCLEmmaC Apr 01, 2020

I read this a few years ago for school and enjoyed it and all of the 1920's glamour and romance. This time around I enjoyed the story more whereas before I was deeply analyzing the many different aspects of the novel. This book was entertaining for me to read in both situations, and is a good story to put you in a different decade.

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Abbyson1
Mar 31, 2020

For a school project, I picked a smaller average book that I quickly decided would not fit the criteria. After determining this I decided to turn back to a staple of anyone's high school English experience and reread The Great Gatsby. Once again I found myself intrigued with the constantly developing plotline and the dynamic characters around it. I've always really enjoyed reading about different time frames so if you're anything like me you will definitely enjoy this book as well. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an entertaining read about the glorified life of America during the 1920s with many takeaways that the reader can learn from and apply in their everyday life.

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PolyWogg
Mar 20, 2020

BOTTOM-LINE:
Over-rated as a classic
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PLOT OR PREMISE:
A man observes the comings and goings of a 1920s party host who is both his neighbor and a paramour of his cousin.
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WHAT I LIKED:
It is weird to go back and read this book some 35 years after high-school. I remember thinking it was this glamourous world of parties and high society, where people really did act differently from the common folk. As an adult, I see it for what it is -- a portrayal of a shallow summer, without substance or value, leading to an inevitable tragedy of people over-estimating their self-importance and narcissism. Beautifully written, harshly portrayed as Nick Carroway observes the desire by Jay Gatsby for a married Daisy Buchanan, the woman he loved but lost years before. All of the summer reads like life without consequences, an embracing of hedonism and simple pleasures, but without anyone asking if it is really what they want or just what they think they want.
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WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:
I find it intriguing that my young self saw it as a tragedy, but without particular indictment of the lifestyle of the secondary characters. They seemed more cliché or farce than real at the time, but now it just seems simply depressing across the board. I didn't care about any character anywhere in the book, not even Nick, who is mostly a blank slate.
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DISCLOSURE:
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review.

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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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katedominique
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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