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Review: The Great Gatsby

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THE GREAT GATSBY, F. Scott Fitzgerald's portrait of the Jazz Age in all its decadence and excess, is, as editor Maxwell Perkins praised it in 1924, "a wonder." It remains one of the most widely read, translated, admired, imitated and studied twentiethcentury works of American fiction. This deceptively simple work, Fitzgerald's best known, was hailed by critics as capturing the spirit of the ... Read full review

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Coco Chanel said "Once you've dressed, and before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take at least one thing off." This is what Baz should have done. In The Great Gatsby's case, a lot more than one thing should have been taken off or out of this film. It is Over The Top; Bad. Too much fake CGI.
In a major cinema complex in Sydney in Cinema 1 (largest theatre in the complex) on the second night of opening it was bearly one quarter full and even then a whole row of 10 patrons walked out after that silly scene in the underground jazz club.
It is a cacophony of nothingness. Too much fluff and tinsel. No sympathy for any character could be felt.
P.S. And the blinking green light... Yes, we can see it. Yes, we know what it means. Yes, we are not dumb!!
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Definitely a classic and always will be a classic. And for good reason. As a sophomore in high school, this book did not keep my attention. As a college student, I enjoyed reading it way more.

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Well, I finally got around to reading this-- I really had no idea what to expect. The back cover said something about it being "a passionate romance between Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby." Then why did Nick Carraway(Daisy's second cousin once removed) have to narrate it? I thought that was a rather wierd choice. Anyways, their romance wasn't as "rollicking" and "passionate" as I expected. At most, this book was decent... I did really like how much insight it provided on 1920s America... how, they talked, dressed, and acted-- how all of the parties went, loud and colorful with jazz music blaring out of every nook and crannie. As for characters, Nick Carraway was likable, so was Gatsby and his cute little "old sport" quotes-- Daisy and Tom Buchanan, on the other hand... not so much. I found them to be very naive, ignorant, and vain. Looking back at the story, there was a lot of foreshadowing hinting at Gatsby's proffession (I'll let you discover that). It was some very clever writing on Mr. Fitzgerald's part. As for the ending, it was very disappointing (I'm a strong believer in happy endings and (SPOILER ALERT) that's not what you get.) Overall an interesting read if you have some time to spare. ES. 

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"The Great Gatsby" is a novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It takes place during the time period of the 1920s where everyone was trying to just get away with doing what they want and how they want it. This was the decline of the American Dream during that time. There were no social or moral values and there was a constant empty pursuit of pleasure. The major aim of this book is focused on the American Dream. Can you get what you want?
The main characters, Tom and Daisy, as well as George and Myrtle live in the Valley of Ashes. They have somewhat of a sad and pathetic life. They don't really love each other anymore. They are all having affairs and not being faithful to one another. George and Myrtle donít really have a way to get what they want. They are poor; their lives are at a dead end. It makes sense for the both of them to die because they donít really have anything to live for. Myrtle was not happy and George was not happy without Myrtle. Jay Gatsby, he couldnít ever get what he wanted because he was constantly striving to retrieve the impossible. He had this dream of being with Daisy who was already married to Tom. The idea that you are everything from your past made Gatsby go back and be with Daisy. She did love Tom at some point and had a child with him which you cannot take away. What Gatsby wanted her to say was that she never loved Tom and always wanted to be with him. But for all the bad things that Gatsby does, you still respect because he's a good person at heart .Even though Gatsby felt that he should have Daisy even though it was impossible for her to be with him, he never gave up on his dream. He confronted Tom and thought that he and Daisy can be together. Myrtle also couldn't ever get what she wanted from George or Tom because of the fact that they were both dysfunctional which led to the death of Myrtle.
The last line in the book mentions "So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past". We learn that You canít go back and erase things. You have to deal with what you have now and become the best you can be.
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great and unique book

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I can't imagine why I didn't like this in high school. Maybe I've just grown up enough to appreciate the beauty of Fitzgerald's writing. Read full review

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