The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

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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.
Publisher: [United States] : Scribner, [2003]
ISBN: 9780743246392
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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pacl_teens Sep 11, 2020

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a classic novel. This novel is about a rich man, Jay Gatsby, and his love for a married woman, Daisy Buchanan as told from the POV of Daisy’s cousin and Gatsby’s close friend Nick Carraway. As Nick moves to New York for his new job he ends up living next door to the wealthy Jay Gatsby. Gatsby is a man of mystery and elegance every night he holds huge parties at his mansions to attract the woman he once loved, Daisy. When Nick goes to his house one night they become close friends and Gatsby sees this as his way to get close to Daisy. But how far is Gatsby willing to go and how many people will get hurt in the process?

This book is a classic and it is one that everyone should read at some point in their lives. First of all, I loved the amount of symbolism the author used throughout the story. By using this literary device he was able to get the story through to his readers by using another method besides using words to write it out. Second, I loved Gatsby in this book. He had a very persevering and friendly personality, he is exactly the type of person you would want to be friends with. I also liked how he was hopelessly in love with Daisy, this showed that even wealthy men can have a soft spot for love which is depicted well in the book. Next, I loved the friendship between Nick and Gatsby, there were times when it did not seem genuine but overall they had a nice and mutual friendship. Lastly, I think that the author ended the book beautifully. Even though there were some sad parts throughout the book he was able to tie everything together really well.

In short, this is an amazing read for someone who loves a quick and educational read. Even though most people will read this book during their high school career I think everyone should try to read this book willingly instead of forcefully because I think they will enjoy it. -Eunchae, Grade 10

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leejuliet
Aug 31, 2020

The novel The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a tragic story about love coming with sacrifices. Starting off, Nick Carraway is a young man who moved to New York in the summer of 1922. He rented a house, neighboring Jay Gatsby. On the opposite side lived his cousin, Daisy Buchanan, and her husband, Tom. Daisy and Tom introduced a woman named Jordan Baker to Nick, and she decided to have an affair with him. Not long after this meeting, Jordan informed Nick about a secret lover that Tom had been meeting stealthily: Myrtle Wilson. After being told this secret, Mr. Carraway traveled with Tom and Myrtle on a trip back to New York City. As the summer progressed, Jordan and Nick attended a party that the mysterious Gatsby had invited the couple to. As the party was going, Gatsby asked to speak with Jordan privately. Suspicious, Nick inquired Jordan about what all this fuss was about. Jordan explained that Gatsby was madly in love with Daisy, and the parties he held were to bring attention to himself and impress her. Knowing all of this, Nick arranged a “tea party” with Daisy and Gatsby, where the two hooked up and started a relationship. After a short period of time, Tom grew suspicious of his wife’s relationship with Gatsby. At a meal gathering at the Buchanans’ house, Tom caught Gatsby staring at his own wife with awe and grew infuriated and told her lies about Gatsby. Daisy had believed Tom, yet continued to meet Gatsby. Following this event, a series of unfortunate misunderstandings and accidents happened, leading to a twisted ending.

The story ended in a way that may have dismayed many readers due to the absence of happiness, but overall this was a really well-written tragedy. The Great Gatsby evaluated how a misunderstanding could start a chain of misleading thoughts, ending with satisfaction for no one. Rather than taking the blame for someone you love and risking your life, protect them so that no one can hurt them. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it is honestly probably one of my favorites. I recommend everyone who has free time to check out this book sometime. A wonderful classic that cannot get any better.

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cwcyrus1
Aug 21, 2020

Set during the Prohibition Era in the 1920s, The Great Gatsby tells a tale of changes in society after the Great War. The novel reveals the disparities in quality of life and wealth, from the rich East Egg to West Egg and the poor Valley of Ashes. The narrator, Nick Carraway, meets his wealthy neighbor, Jay Gatsby, and reunites with his distant cousin Daisy and her even wealthier husband, Tom Buchanan. As the story progresses, a rivalry forms between Tom and Gatsby, as they fight for Daisy's affection. This rivalry and a disastrous mix-up lead to the tragic ending of the book.

This story emblematizes the culture and change of ideas that many experienced after the First World War. Modernist ideas were conveyed through F. Scott Fitzgerald's writing, and fit into the narrative of the story very well. The complicated and varied structure of this novel makes it a complex story that holds many references to the culture of the 1920s.

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alecbussott
Aug 18, 2020

One of the great American novels. As relevant now as it was back in the 1920s.

The novel, “The Great Gatsby,” takes place during the summer of 1922. The novel is through the lens of Nick Carraway, who recently moved into a house in West Egg. Nick’s neighbor, Jay Gatsby, owns a mansion and throws a party every Saturday night. Gatsby is trying to rekindle his relationship with Nick’s cousin, Daisy Buchanan, who is married to a wealthy man, Tom Buchanan. This novel addresses global issues such as social class and gender inequality. The novel also portrays an “American Dream” based on Gatsby’s ambitions and the society that surrounds him. I enjoyed reading this novel because there was a lot of imagery and symbolism that stands out to the reader. Also, there were many conflicts and tragedies where it left me in shock. While reading the novel, I began to understand the differences between the characters and the differences between West and East Egg people. Overall, this was a great book to read and I would recommend it.

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violet_owl_999
Aug 04, 2020

I knew of the great gatsby but I knew nothing about it. It wasn’t until this summer that decided to finally read it. Honestly it wasn’t what I expected. The plot is told through the perspective of nick caraway (I always thought that it was gatsby’s) and is about gatsby’s love to the married Daisy Buchanan. Taking place in the 1920s, it gives you a slice of what a some what normal life during that would have been like. And I say normal because that is what it is, nothing major happens throughout this book and because of this it is realistic. If your looking for a happy ending...there isn’t one and that is just how the story goes

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green_penguin_484
Jul 25, 2020

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IshaanGupta30
Jul 24, 2020

The Great Gatsby is a fictional novel with Jay Gatsby as the protagonist. Gatsby moved from the West to the East to fulfil his American Dream. The narrator is Nick Carraway who becomes a good friend of Gatsby and tries to help him find Daisy Buchanan. The two fell in love when Gatsby was poor and 5 years later Gatsby is still in love with Daisy who is now married to a rich who is very rich. Gatsby is in pursuit of love and happiness to be able to live with Daisy.
The novel is set in the roaring 20’s and is a perfect representation of the American Dream and the pursuit of it. The book is filled with symbolisms and the entire story is a metaphor. There is symbolism in a lot of details of the novel whether it may be a character or simply the color of an object. The fact that there are so many figurative languages used in a seamless manner makes The Great Gatsby a beautiful read.

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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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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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Jul 21, 2020

Nick Carraway, an academic businessman, has just arrived at his new house in Long Island in the West Egg district. He has moved East from Chicago in search of the tantalizing hum of the East coast that so many young people yearn for. Next-door resides the legendary Jay Gatsby in his lavish home. Gatsby is a man of high profile, holding large and boisterous parties and demonstrating his immense wealth derived from sources unknown. Just across the water, in the East Egg, is Nick's charming cousin Daisy and her harsh husband Tom Buchachan. It's common knowledge that Tom is having an affair with Myrtle, the unhappy wife of the lackluster George Wilson, the manager of a gas station between Long Island and New York City. As Nick becomes more and more acquainted with his neighbors and deeper and deeper into the frivolities the '20s were known for, he becomes more and more perplexed at Gatsby's character and success. When it is revealed that Gatsby fell desperately in love with Daisy five years ago and wants to be with her again, power becomes more valuable than loyalty.

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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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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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